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Government slips free of Maastricht defeats: Retreat denies MPs a vote on Social Chapter

The Government slipped free of embarrassing Commons defeat over the Maastricht treaty last night, avoiding votes on which a cross-party coalition threatened its majority.

Commons poised for chaotic night

THE COMMONS faces a night of possible confusion and chaos tonight, when it returns to committee stage examination of the Maastricht treaty legislation, writes Anthony Bevins.

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FASHION is playing a big part in the celebrations in Antwerp, this year's European City of Culture. Influential Belgian designers such as Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester and Dirk Bikkembergs, who all graduated from the city's academy of fine arts in the Eighties, are taking part in an exhibition called 'Installations', which will run from tomorrow until 29 August at Saint Felix warehouse, 31 Oude Leeuwenrui, 2000 Antwerp. Highly recommended.

MUSIC / A Mass of audacity: Long thought lost, Berlioz's first major work has turned up in an Antwerp loft. Hugh Macdonald catches the excitement

IN HIS famous Memoirs, Berlioz declared unequivocally that he burnt his first major work - a Messe solennelle, composed in 1824 and performed twice in Paris in 1825 and 1827. In his later correspondence, he told the same story. So the emergence of the manuscript of this work in a church in Antwerp is one of the most startling musical discoveries of modern times.

British 'opt-in' could wreck Maastricht deal

IF LABOUR and the Tory rebels defeat the government by including the Social Chapter in the Bill ratifying the Maastricht treaty, the consequences will be felt in the other 11 EC capitals, where any modifications have to be ratified, according to legal experts.

Europe 1993: City with a mission to save: Antwerp - commerce and culture

NEXT YEAR, Antwerp becomes the latest European city of culture, following Glasgow, Dublin and Madrid. But the celebrations come at a time when many think the city should be asking difficult questions of itself.

Maastricht: Right-wing ultimatum over 'childish' threat

RIGHT-WING Conservatives yesterday delivered what one described as an 'ultimatum' to the Government to back off from a confrontation over Maastricht next week - urging John Major to avoid a substantive vote and to postpone the treaty Bill until the New Year.

Smith faces pressure over Maastricht

PRESSURE on John Smith for Labour to vote against the Third Reading of the Maastricht Bill grew yesterday, as the Parliamentary Labour Party met for the first time since the summer.

Letter: Maastricht supplement shows need for referendum

I WANT TO congratulate you on your Maastricht treaty publication. Andrew Marshall has done an excellent job. Keep open the possibility of having a million in case there is a referendum. Well done]

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