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Brussels diary

Why does the once combative commission appear to be abandoning the consumer and siding with big business? Plus, Spain sides with Russia over the new plan for Kosovo
Manneken Pis  

Europe’s true stories

The EU urgently needs to give a new account of itself. Old-fashioned grand narrative and Euromyth will no longer do the trick. How about a true and self-critical story woven around six goals?
Timothy Garton Ash  

Brussels diary

As Margaret Beckett and Geoff Hoon battle it out over who is Britain's voice in Europe, Kim Darroch, Blair's EU policy man, will actually take the decisions
Manneken Pis  

Brussels diary

The EU is looking for a new high representative for foreign affairs. Plus, Turkey's entry seems as far away as ever, but at least emissions trading is taking off
Manneken Pis  

Brussels diary

Despite receiving billions of euros in subsidies, the mavericks and populists of eastern Europe are falling out of love with the EU—very quickly
Manneken Pis  

Brussels diary

While Günther Verheugen gets cross in the German press, José Manuel Barroso is desperately searching for new allies—the old ones keep losing elections
Manneken Pis  

Brussels diary

Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to revive the EU constitution may not be to everyone's taste. Plus, why the French are dreading the prospect of Gordon Brown as PM
Manneken Pis  

Brussels diary

Peter Mandelson stands up for the free market on mobile phone roaming fees; Jacques Chirac praises Vladimir Putin. Plus David Miliband's sex appeal
Manneken Pis  

Brussels diary

Why the fall of the European constitution has been good news for Britain's Europhiles. Plus the latest gossip from around the European commission table
Manneken Pis  

Brussels diary

Geoff Hoon's appointment as Europe minister hasn't really raised the profile of the job. And have the MEPs finally tired of trekking to Strasbourg?
Manneken Pis  

Brussels diary

Latvia's Euroscepticism outdoes even Britain. Le Monde rips into the French foreign minister. And someone's going to have to make way for Bulgaria and Romania
Manneken Pis  

Happy ending

The opening of accession talks with Turkey and the new EU budget settlement add up to a resoundingly successful British EU presidency
Robert Jackson  

Time for a deal

Tony Blair's final chance to leave a lasting mark on Britain's relations with the EU is to trade in Britain's rebate for a decisive reform of the common agricultural policy
Robert Jackson  

Left out

The centre-left is in retreat across most of Europe—third way modernisers have lost
John Lloyd  

Emu’s bite

Just as Europe's leaders start to deal with the fallout of the constitution's failure, another crisis is around the corner - Europe's economies are in crisis, and the euro is aggravating the problem
Derek Scott  

Dear Angela Merkel

It is probable that Angela Merkel will become Germany's first woman chancellor later this year. Robert Jackson explains to her why he thinks Britain and Germany would make such a fine European team
Robert Jackson  

Europe without illusions

The constitution is dead, long live the constitution! Did European elites simply oversell a modest document? Is there a real crisis of legitimacy? Andrew Moravcsik explains the meaning of "no" and others take issue with him
Andrew Moravcsik  

France profonde

My neighbours all voted against the constitution, but this was a nationalist "No-to-Europe" rather than the pro-European "No" of the Socialists. Meanwhile, Paris has not yet acknowledged defeat
Tim King