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Now we have the euro, it is time to prepare for full political union

The euro is like putting the cart before the horse. Either Europe will federate or disintegrate

Countdown To The Euro: View from France - Europe united by apathy and ignorance

THE EXCITED children aged nine and 10 were learning about the euro in the school car park. They were also trying to stand on one another's feet when Madame was not looking.

Countdown To The Euro: Sceptics converted in first wave of nations

THE EURO has clear public support in most of the 11 countries taking part in the first stage. Indeed, public opinion has favoured the euro since the idea came on to the public agenda in the early Nineties.

Learning to live with recessions

We may, here in the UK, manage our way through the early 2000s rather better than most

Conservative Party Conference: The YCs are dead. Hooray for the new youth wing!

THAT MOST cringe-making of political animals, the Young Conservative, was finally put to sleep yesterday when William Hague unveiled his party's new youth movement. Hoping to erase from public memory countless images of black-tied Hooray Henrys engaged in food fights while singing "Hang Nelson Mandela", the Tory leader launched Conservative Future to a packed student audience.

Off with her head, says Europe; ... but one still has one's uses

A DECISION by European Central Bank bank chiefs to prevent the Queen's head appearing on euro notes if Britain joins the single currency prompted a political row last night.

Buddhist monk hired to re-energise Shell

FIRST THERE was all that nasty bother about sinking dirty oil platforms in the North Sea, then that troublesome business with the Ogoni tribespeople in Nigeria. None of it any good for the public image of a company in these environmentally conscious times.

Letter: Gaining currency

Letter: Gaining currency

Watch out, Tony - the left fears the euro, too

The most dangerous man in Britain? The question is usually reserved for paedophiles

France, a lucky nation poised on the brink of sustained prosperity

We veer between inferiority (their trains, food and style) and superiority (our airlines, food and style)

Conservative peer defects to take seat on Labour benches

ANOTHER LEADING Conservative crosses the floor of Parliament to join Tony Blair's Labour Party today.

Learning to sell the family silver

Downing Street's new inhabitants seem as wedded to the idea of privatisation as Thatcher and Lawson

The euro starts life with a squabble

Believe it or not, this is history in the making ...

They're in - but can they stay the course?

THIS weekend's summit will be a political event. Uncertainties about the economic success or failure of monetary union lie in the more distant future. After all the earlier fuss about which countries would clear the hurdles set by the Maastricht Treaty, it has been obvious for months that the single currency would start with 11 members, Greece the only wannabe that would not make the grade.
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