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The end of a British era looms in Brussels. Not the unlamented passing of the British presidency, but the departure of Sir Nigel Wicks from the monetary committee. What the British cabinet and Britain’s Brussels diplomats could not achieve in blocking the emergence of the Euro-11 group to run the politics of the single currency, Wicks managed silkily to arrange. Thanks to his devious manoeuvrings on this secretive but powerful group, British officials will now help to prepare and staff Euro-11 meetings, and Gordon Brown will attend the September session where the Euro-11 decide their representation at the IMF and…

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