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

...and now for something completely different (February 2008)

Expect to hear a lot about the creation of an internal market for energy, the EU reducing mobile phone charges, the EU bringing down the world's greenhouse gas emissions, and Postman Pat going on strike as the EU tries to bring European postal services into the twentieth century...

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