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Britain faces D-day on EMU and referendum

It is not easy for the Government to make a watertight pre-commitment in the near future to join in two or three years' time. But a lesser option would be possible, in which it commits itself to the principle of future membership and adopts a `convergence' programme

Mood of growing optimism

Monetary union prospects received a big boost this week from the surprising news that Germany's budget deficit was running a hair's breadth above the Maastricht limit.

German growth gives boost to single currency

Germany looks set to fulfil the most important Maastricht criteria for European monetary union, thanks to an unexpectedly strong surge in its economy.

Kohl and Jospin in unity

Bonn (Reuters) - The German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, and the French Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin, tried yesterday to dispel speculation about differences in their approach to launching a stable single European currency on time.

Jospin buoyed up by the economic tide

French Prime Minister enjoys greater popularity in his country than with his political allies, writes John Lichfield in Paris

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The results of our challenge to eat your way around the world, including the winning entry from the truly olympian John Davies

Sterling's anchor in the euro storm

The great swirling debate over the euro clarified a little last week. While France and Germany traded assertions that all is well despite mounting evidence that neither country will meet the Maastricht criteria, the statement of our own government's position by Gordon Brown made it clear that even if EMU does start on time, sterling will not be an initial member.

Logic of Emu has Paris and Bonn at a loss

Germany and France both confronted the tough budgetary logic of monetary union yesterday, but insisted that the goal of a single currency was still attainable. Guessing the likely size of the French budget deficit, if left to its own devices this year, has become a game of sticking the tail on the donkey.

Kohl acts to quash revolt over the euro

Chancellor Helmut Kohl sought to quell a Euro-sceptic rebellion in the government ranks yesterday by mortgaging his political future to hard-liners who insist on the strictest interpretation of the Maastricht criteria.

French `audit' casts shadow

Monetary union watchers have been able to take a breather from the alarms caused by the election of the new French Socialist government earlier this month. The week proved quiet in terms of big public developments, although beneath the surface the debate continues to rumble over whether 1999 will see a "hard" or a "soft" EMU.

Kohl's big tax bonanza falls flat yes

Fifteen years after coming to power on a tax-cutting ticket, Chancellor Helmut Kohl finally saw off his "Great Reform Bill" yesterday, though his life's work was denounced as a messy compromise with little benefit to anyone.

Sterling soars to five-year high against the mark

The pound soared to its highest level against the German mark for almost five years yesterday, with currency experts in the City saying it could rise even higher in the short term. Forecasts of rising interest rates and expectations for a weaker broad-based euro are expected to keep sterling on the boil.

Amsterdam Summit: French fudge threatens euro launch

Just 24 hours after Europe's leaders patched up differences over the single currency, France signalled yesterday that the arguments over the euro rule book are far from over. Dominque Strauss-Kahn, the French finance minister, indicated that France will continue to push for a "flexible" interpretation of the Maastricht criteria.
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