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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.

Brussels Top Twenty

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

MARY DEJEVSKY

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

MARY DEJEVSKY

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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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

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Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform