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The press have ruled out Blair's chances of becoming EU president. But don't write him off just yet. Make way for the new EU diplomatic corps. Plus, Robert Cooper needs a job
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Brussels diary

Peter Mandelson appears to have blown any chance of staying on for another term as trade commissioner. So what will he have to show for the last four years in Brussels?
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Brussels diary

There may soon be a new EU foreign policy supremo—but not if Javier Solana can help it. Plus, the EU leaders won't cut down on their use of cars, and Sarko starts a Club Med
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Europe’s failing left

The centre left's electorally successful technocratic reform project of the 1990s now seems to have run its course. The left needs a new story—above all for its core supporters—yet one that does not retreat to the failed statism of the…
Ernst Hillebrand  

The unloveable green

Germany's radical foreign minister—who evoked Auschwitz to persuade his fellow Greens to back the bombing of Serbia—is an awkward character. But Joschka Fischer deserves his place in German history
Josef Joffe  

Brussels Diary

Blair's rivals for the European council presidency include Barroso—and maybe Merkel. The Italians may prompt a reshuffle at the commission. Plus, Prince Charles and Bono
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Brussels diary

As the PM starts to develop his European side, a new report suggests expansion has actually made the EU more nimble. Plus, Poland's youthful new minister for Europe
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A European language

As the Champions League rolls round once again, Uefa's man in Brussels argues that football can help nourish a European sense of identity
Jonathan Hill  

Two cheers for populism

The shift from liberalism to populism in central and eastern Europe is not quite as bad as it looks. While the ex-dissidents dominate politics and the ex-communists dominate business, populism gives a voice to the losers from the transition period
Ivan Krastev  

Brussels diary

Blair's chances of being president of the European council may be over; Jean-Claude Juncker is the man to beat. Plus Slovenia tries to keep a lid on the Balkans
Manneken Pis  

Lucre of the Irish

For the first time in Irish history, a big, indigenous moneyed class has emerged—the product of a long economic boom and a leap in property prices. How are the new rich changing the way the Irish see themselves—and their English…
John Murray Brown  

Brussels diary

Despite a few wobbles, the EU treaty should be signed in October as planned. Whether it will get through the member-state referendums is another question
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Jacqueline McGlade

The head of the European Environment Agency explains why northern Europe should brace itself for more flooding, what role technology can play in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and why she wants to replace income tax with "pollution taxes"
Alun Anderson  

Brussels diary

Britain's new chancellor has already been outflanked by Nicolas Sarkozy, the current darling of the EU. Portugal, meanwhile, is in a pickle over its EU-Africa summit
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Brussels diary

To avoid a referendum on a new "mini-treaty," Gordon Brown may need the help of the Lib Dems. But will Britain's most Europhile party put Europe before vox populi?
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Brussels diary

How well will the new French president get on with the new British prime minister? The British ambassador to the EU isn't going to hang around to find out
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Brussels diary

Peter Mandelson is a star in a lacklustre EU commission. But his emnity with Gordon Brown is weakening his position. The chancellor himself also has a lot to learn about Brussels PR
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