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Leading article: One step on the long road out of the euro crisis

Neither GDP growth nor even a 'big bazooka' bailout fund are enough on their own

Rosie Birchall: Politicians no longer think big

Recently the Government proposed an increase in the national speed limit to 80mph. Hardly headline news. Yet it was one of the biggest policy announcements of the week, and widely discussed in the media.

Lord Hunt is new PCC chairman

The Conservative peer Lord Hunt, who served as a minister under Lady Thatcher and John Major, has been named as the new chairman of the Press Complaints Commission.

Simon Kelner: Appetite for memoirs seems to be unquenchable

Y esterday I invoked the memory of the late Robin Cook, the former Foreign Secretary and a man whom I got to know when he left office. During that time, he was working on his memoirs – called The Point of Departure – which, as well as being a gripping account of a tumultuous period in British political history, set the standard for the senior figures in New Labour's administration. One by one, they've written the book, taken the royalties, sold the serial rights, done the round of the chat shows and generally added to our impression of the dysfunction that characterised Labour's 13 years in power. We've lapped it up – how difficult Gordon was, how imperious Tony was, how secretive Mandelson was and so on, until we get to John Prescott – and it seems there's an inexhaustible public appetite for this sort of behind-the-scenes account.

Meet the woman who put lead in Darling's pencil

Former chancellor settles scores in his must-read memoir on Labour's dying days – but did his 'firebrand' wife, Maggie, egg him on?

Sima Barmania: Happy Eid from...David Cameron?

Last night I witnessed a very unusual event on television; Prime Minister David Cameron wishing viewers a happy Eid on Islam Channel.

One man's stand against an Israeli settlement

Matthew Kalman reports from Jerusalem on a Palestinian farmer's extraordinary story

Number's up: The end of the little black book

Mobile technology has transformed journalism – and besides enabling phone hacking, it has also erased the status of that once-prized possession, the contacts book

Village People: A popular but shadowy figure

Ed Miliband's decision to end elections to the Shadow Cabinet leaves one MP with the never-to-be-equalled record of being elected to this body 14 times.

Blair still backs joining the euro – once Greek crisis is over

Tony Blair has declared that the time may still come for Britain to join the euro and dismissed predictions that the meltdown in Greece will cause the single currency to break up.

Steve Richards: Suddenly Parliament matters again

The use of the urgent question has made the Commons as relevant as the Today programme and sometimes more so

Terence Blacker: Not every adulterer is a villain

A Pinter-Bakewell affair would have not the slightest chance of remaining private

Split and tell: Why every politician fears the ex-factor

Forget sex scandals: it's the subtle revenge of a bitter ex-spouse that can really mess up a political career
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