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Westminster Outlook Michael Fallon is Westminster's – and the world's – first land-dwelling, four-limbed octopus, his tentacles wrapped around Whitehall, circular suckers incapable of being removed from powerful ministries of state.

America and Europe join hands to untangle transatlantic trade rules

Bush and Barroso summit to cap initiative to break down barriers

Denis MacShane: There is light at the end of the European tunnel

As UK growth slows, there is growing realisation that we may be all in this together

Charles Nevin: The Third Leader

What happened to the simple life?

Peter Mandelson: He's refreshed, he's doing 'the job of his life' - but he won't rule out a return to British politics

The Monday Interview: European commissioner for external trade

THE SKETCH: How to tackle Prince Charles and lose

YOU DON'T ask what an oak tree is for, oak trees just are. That was Hayek's defence of conservatism. There are occasions - fewer than we might have hoped - when it's a helpful guide to life. The Public Accounts Committee may have provided us with a case in point when it examined the financial arrangements between the duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster on the one hand and the Prince of Wales on the other.

And to think Tony got the nod over Gordon because he was popular

This is awkward, isn't it? The whole point of Tony Blair is that he was the answer to Peter Mandelson's question: "Who will play best at the box office?" Blair's claim, which he put patiently and insistently to Gordon Brown in 1994, was that he might not have such a rapport with the party but that he was more popular with the wider electorate.

Nothing will bind Tony and Gordon closer than the pickle they're in

It is like I'm A Celebrity. You know it's there, because you read about it in the newspapers all the time. But have you ever seen it? Does it really exist? What is the evidence that there are people in a real jungle in Australia?

Clare Short: Reunion with my son was the happiest event of my life

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German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

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