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Europe is in a mess, and this time the Brits have nothing to do with it. It’s a mess made in France and Germany, courtesy of Chirac and Kohl who thought they could take a shortcut to the single currency.

Chirac was defeated by the people; Kohl lost out to the Bundesbank. So now we have a rainbow coalition of the old left in Paris and a centre-right coalition in Bonn on its last legs.

New Labour cannot believe its luck. Tony Blair has only been in office for six weeks and the political map of Europe has turned upside…

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