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After Nice

Cool Scandinavian breezes waft towards Brussels as Sweden girds itself for its maiden presidency on 1st January. With Nice mercifully out of the way, the big ticket item for G?ran Persson is making progress on the date for the first phase of enlargement. Another row looms.

But those dedicated neutrals in Stockholm will also have fun trying to nail down the relations between the EU’s fledgling military structures and Nato, especially after Jacques Chirac’s summit reminder of French ambivalence towards the latter. British hacks enjoyed the way the Whitehall briefing machine purred into life at Nice to straighten…

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