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FOR THOSE so minded, these past two days in Helsinki will have proved there are few occasions to which the European Union is not capable of sinking. Finland was supposed to have been where the 15 member countries set out along the high road towards the Europe of the 21st century. And in a sense they did, by approving a model of defence co-operation as potentially significant to the Continent's future as the single currency is, and by opening the EU's doors to six more countries and - one day perhaps - to one more, Turkey. Unfortunately, this last EU summit of the 20th century is at least as likely to be remembered for two stops it made along the low road: the Anglo-French row over beef, and Britain's veto of a 20 per cent Europe-wide tax on interest income.

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TONY BLAIR angered Britain's European partners last night by blocking agreement on an EU-wide savings tax, as his positive approach to the Europe came under fire after France's refusal to lift its ban on British beef. European Commission officials accused Mr Blair of scuppering a compromise on the savings tax at the EU summit in Helsinki to pacify British anger at the continuing beef crisis.

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WITH WAR raging in Chechnya, Britain and France at loggerheads over beef and a tax dispute also racking the European Union, heads of government found another issue to row about: Europe's candidate for a top international job.

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"COMPARTMENTALISATION" WAS the term invented by American political commentators to describe Bill Clinton's astonishing ability to run the US government amid the travails of the Monica Lewinsky affair. A touch of compartmentalisation is exactly what Tony Blair needs now as he tries to prevent rightful fury at France's continuing refusal to lift the ban on British beef from spoiling an unusually important European summit in Helsinki today.

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BARONESS THATCHER'S tirade against greater European defence integration should not be entirely dismissed as the dyspeptic musings of this country's most trenchant Eurosceptic. Certainly, much of her speech in New York this week was predictable. Do not be misled by promises that the Europeans are simply trying to take some of the security burden off America's shoulders, she said. As with the single currency, the true name of the defence game is the creation of a European superstate to challenge the US and, in the process, destroy Nato. As Washington's trustiest ally, Britain, Lady Thatcher believes, should have no part of such a venture.

Art resale plan goes to summit

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to allow artists to share in the resale price of their work may go to the Helsinki summit of EU heads of government this week, after British resistance staved off a deal yesterday.

Tax disputes show nothing has changed in Euroland

THESE ARE heady days to be a British Eurosceptic. The euro is weak. (These days a currency is never merely low or high or - perish the thought - competitive or uncompetitive). The German economy, if not that of France, is still in all sorts of gratifying trouble. The beef war, however wilfully misunderstood, did the xenophobic cause no end of good. The Conservative party has gone some way towards rejuvenating itself by unequivocally identifying opposition to the single currency as the issue on which to fight the next election.

Parliament: Europe: Blair in `plot to sell out UK' at summit

TONY BLAIR was last night accused of being ready to sell out British interests "by stealth" in EU moves towards the integration of taxes in Europe.

Parliament: Foreign Affairs: Patten and Kinnock face threat to jobs

CHRIS PATTEN or Neil Kinnock could lose his seat as a European commissioner in proposals to be considered by member states at the EU summit in Helsinki, Robin Cook said yesterday. The Foreign Secretary said the Government would cut its number of posts from two to one if other member states agreed to reform the EU voting system to give Britain more power.

Equestrianism: Harry Llewellyn mourned

THE OLYMPIC gold medal winner Sir Harry Llewellyn has died aged 88, his family confirmed last night. The baronet died at his home near Abergavenny, Gwent, after a long illness.
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