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 remains a part, is helping forge a new way forward for the world. It is 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 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. Watch the clip, by oscar-winning producer alice doyard

the treaty of lisbon (December 2007)

[with Wouter Coussens, Inigo Arruga Oleaga and editors] On 19 October 2007, the EU Heads of State or Government reached agreement a new EU Treaty, which was then signed by them on 13 December 2007 in Lisbon...