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The Big Four accountants could find themselves being stripped of their most lucrative audit deals every 10 years, according to tough new rules proposed by the European Union.

EU abandons plan to allow blended rose wine

The war of the rosés is over. The European Commission announced today that it had abandoned its plans to allow European winemakers to make cheap rosé wine by mixing red and white wines together.

Arafat is alive but condition is 'very complex', say French

The French Foreign Minister, Michel Barnier, described Yasser Arafat's condition as "very complex, very serious and stable" yesterday. In a television interview with LCI, Mr Barnier said: "He's alive", but did not give further details.

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ROMANO PRODI President of the Commission. Italian centrist politician and ex-premier charged with giving Brussels a new, fresh start after the debacle of the last Commission's mass resignation.

A little jazz fails to stir Juppe's people

John Lichfield reports from Lyons as party workers try to add sparkle to a lacklustre contest

Turkey rocks EU boat in struggle to get on board

Ankara's bid to join the European Union is running into opposition from those who say the Turks will never be Europeans

What if.. Britain leaves EU affairs paralysed?

The long term result of Britain's strategy over BSE could be to alienate its allies and block progress on issues that are very dear to the Government's heart. So far most of Britain's EU partners have reacted in a low-key way, but there are signs that their irritation is growing.

France shifts EU stance closer to UK

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Britain fears chaos and a divided Europe

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EU reform deal threatens Tory election hopes

French drive to hasten Maastricht rewrite may wreck Major's timetable, writes Tony Barber

A holiday to leave you glowing with health

Apparently desperate to convince the world of France's good intentions, the French foreign ministry yesterday broached the possibility of turning the nuclear test site at Mururoa atoll in the South Pacific into a holiday complex, offering it hypothetically to Club Mediterranee for conversion.

France strikes back at Australia over N-tests

Chirac under fire: French government threatens economic sanctions as National Assembly chairman leads counter-offensive

France stalls on border deal

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Le Pen warns prefects to lay off the Front

French right-wing leader warns of possible conflicts in cities and towns run by National Front
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