News The refurbished residence of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst in Limburg, Germany

As a concession to belt-tightening, the decision by a sybaritic German bishop to take a budget airline flight to Rome, is looking like too little, too late.

From darkness into light

'Moses und Aron' shone through in Salzburg, while other works got caught up in their own concepts.

Swiss reject Wembley offer

Having been refused permission to train on the Wembley pitch on Wednesday, due to a clash with the rehearsal for the European Championship opening ceremony, the Swiss camp turned down an offer from the Football Association to practise at the national stadium today.

Letter: EU 3per cent 'limit' on budget deficit is a fallacy

Sir: Gavyn Davies ( 29 April) is guilty of perpetuating the myth that Maastricht imposes a limit of 3 per cent on budget deficits. Three per cent is merely a reference value, such that the EU makes an evaluation of the situation of states exceeding this value in order to determine whether their deficit can be considered to be excessive.

Why we must not turn our backs on Europe

Labour should pledge a referendum on a single currency as a matter of principle, says Tony Wright, a key adviser to Tony Blair

People's will turns against EU ideals

After Maastricht: The Inter-Governmental Conference, starting next week, must rebuild public confidence

LETTER : It is time for a referendum

Sir: My thanks to Andrew Reid (Letters, 12 March) who clearly took the time to read Sir James's letter to the candidates and supporters of the Referendum Party in Monday's newspaper. As president of the Young Conservative Group for Europe, Mr Reid must firmly believe that the British people's interests are best served by the Maastricht treaty and the creation of a federal Europe. Why then is he so opposed to a referendum?

Tory pressure over EU stance

The British Government was under pressure last night to publish a White Paper setting out its negotiating position for the European Inter- Governmental Conference, writes Colin Brown.

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Public attack by Thatcher enrages Major

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Flood victims warned of toxic sludge

Roermond - Evacuees from the Netherlands' worst natural disaster in nearly half a century began to make their way home through mud-splattered streets yesterday, as river levels threatening key dykes receded.

Dear Douglas Hurd

A whipless Tory MP warns the Foreign Secretary not to underestimate the mood of Euro-scepticism that is now prevalent in Britain

Howe says Britain will join single currency

Britain will eventually sign up for a single European currency, Lord Howe, the former Chancellor and Foreign Secretary, said yesterday.

Basketball: Austin sinks Weert: Tigers' tilt endangered

THE EUROPEAN future of the Thames Valley Tigers was put on hold at Bracknell last night when they wasted a 20-point first-half advantage before beating Weert 96-94 in the first leg of their European Clubs Championship first- round tie. They needed a basket from Neville Austin, from the final play of the game, to take even this slender advantage to the Netherlands for next week's return against the Dutch champions.

Heath's Euro vow

SIR EDWARD Heath will today warn that Tory Euro enthusiasts may be prepared to vote against the Government if it further appeases the Eurosceptics. On BBC 2's Around Westminster, he says: 'We kept quiet during Maastricht. People said 'You should have fought all the way'. Well, we are going to fight now.'

Letter: Continuing mysteries of Maastricht

Sir: Efforts to elucidate the mysteries of the Maastricht treaty are commendable, but Andrew Marshall and Sarah Lambert (1 June) have got it wrong in asserting that, in 1999, a single currency can only be introduced on condition that 'most of the 12 must decide in favour'. Article 1O9j(4) of the Maastricht treaty specifies that the third stage of monetary union (a single currency) 'shall start on 1 January, 1999'. The only discretion is in deciding which of the member states (which, by then, will in any case number more than 12) fulfil the necessary criteria: even a minority could set up a single currency among themselves.
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