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

greece, after so much

Being there at the start of the euro was a proud moment. Watching greece disintegrate, failing to realise how at its margins it really is, is a bitter one. The farce and tragedy that make up all good dramas have been strong these months, but if there was a script, no-one followed it, stumbing forward into an ever widening gulf. A compilation of the various blogs I've written chronicling the growth of that chasm into which greece fell.