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Here in the rotten heart of Europe a virulently Anglophobic French journalist has a confession to make. He is taking his first ever vacation in England this summer. Mais pourquoi? Eh bien, any country that’s got room for 100-plus women in parliament and a declared gay in the cabinet, is surely worth a visit.

Over in the Spanish quarter, they are still celebrating Se?or Blair’s election victory. They see it as a lifeline to Felipe Gonz?lez’s Socialist party, still sinking under alle-gations of corruption. The landslide is also good news for German So-cial Democrats, Forza Italia, the Belgian liberals-in fact…

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