Apart from a few years in the middle-east, I've lived my whole life in europe; the great majority in britain. I am a european, both from conviction and pragmatism. Europe, of which the uk is such an important part, is helping forge a new way forward for the world. We are a lighthouse of how old enemies can become not just new allies, but so closely bound and integrated that their future prosperity depends on them hanging ever closer together. At its best, europe brings us real benefits from bigger and freer flowing markets, economies of scale, the circulation of best practice and safety in numbers. I have written a lot about europe, mainly in my guise of new europe, and you can read it all here.

new europe is on holiday (August 2005)

As ever, a bird in the hand is worth two in the (George W) bush. Real short-term worries trump possible long-term gains. But that's Europe all over as we, along with everybody else, make the agonisingly slow journey into the post-nation state world.