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At last Britain comes up with a truly radical idea for the EU: scrap more meetings. Plus the latest thinking on what happens if the French vote "no"

By Manneken Pis   June 2005

Goodbye Denis, you knew too much In the little world of Brits in Brussels, the big news to come out of the election is that we are to have a new Europe minister. Denis MacShane was sacked in the post-election reshuffle. To tell the truth, he was never really suited to the job, since he was far too interested in the subject and spoke too many European languages. Douglas Alexander, the new man, can be relied upon not to make these mistakes. In his brief forays into Europe in previous jobs, he has displayed a tetchy ignorance worthy of his…

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