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Nothing much gets done in Europe without the thumbs- ups from Helmut Kohl. He’s the man with the vision who takes the big decisions at EU summits-like when it’s time to break for lunch. That makes him the man to watch at the EU’s IGC on its constitutional future, the talk-fest which opens in a refurbished Fiat factory in Turin on 29th March and could last up to 18 months.

Helmut’s ambition for the IGC is straightforward enough. He wants to lock his 80m fellow Germans into a united Europe and throw away the key. Of course he loves his…

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