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Michael White looks at the flip-flopping Nigel Farage as the noose tightens on leave options.

With Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson conceding Brexit is no longer inevitable, politics are catching up with reality, says Andrew Adonis, and we need allies.

Ahead of the French president’s UK visit for an Anglo-French summit Emmanuel Macron called for Britain to reconsider Brexit.

For this week’s podcast we asked you what you’d put in a hamper that truly represented Brexit.

Turkey’s trajectory under Erdogan is a disaster for her people and a big loss for Europe, but we must not write the country off, argues former Europe Minister DENIS MACSHANE.

Record numbers applied for Irish passports in 2017 in a bid to remain EU citizens after Brexit.

YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN argues that Britain is part of Europe’s progressive, enlightened and savage history.

Here is a selection of some of the best quotes from an extraordinary year in politics.

There was no more brutal expression of the divisions of the Cold War than the Berlin Wall. IAN WALKER looks back at the moment the barrier went up, and how the world reacted.

The UK’s entry into Europe was as much the result of French politics as it was British, argues OLIVIER DUHAMEL. And it was his own father who ensured that it happened.

To round off the year, The New European columnist MITCH BENN turns E-BENN-ezer for this re-imagining of a Christmas classic. After encounters with the ghosts of Brexits past, present and future, will he find enlightenment in time for the big day?

I love it when Boris Johnson talks dirty in order to get some attention.

MICHAEL WHITE tries to look on the bright side of the fallout from May’s Brexit fudge.

The EU is currently debating proposals to force internet giants like Google and Facebook to pay more for the millions of news stories they offer their users. Here, the leaders of some of the continent’s biggest news agencies explain why the measure is so urgent.

Berlin was once the hometown-that-never-was, but what do Germany and its capital represent now?

Progressive parties must get their act together and address immigration if we are to avoid a Hard Brexit, writes environmentalist and Green thinker JONATHON PORRITT.

In a very personal reflection on Brexit, YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN recalls her own journey of identity from Colonial subject, to Briton, to European.

Remainers are still waiting for evidence of the cunning traps Labour were going to set for the government during this process, writes one reader.

There aren’t many greater symbols of the UK’s ties to Europe than the Channel Tunnel - a transport operator many are desperately trying to keep on track after Brexit

Slowly but surely the threads are emerging. Russia not only interfered directly in the election of Donald Trump. But also in our referendum.

France might be home of its most famous race, but Italy is the country with cycling in its DNA. To find out why, Patrick Sawer makes a tearful pilgrimage to its shrine to the sport.

As ambitions go, Lee Humphries’ is an unusual, if lofty, one – to ascend the highest points of 100 different countries. As he crests the halfway mark in his quest, he explains all to Julian Shea.

“Trees are sanctuaries,” wrote the German author and poet Hermann Hesse. “Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.”

If Theresa May had made her “citizens of nowhere” speech a few years earlier, she would probably have received a letter of stern rebuke marked Kardamyli, Greece.

There is a rare chance of peace in Syria. But, Hamish De Bretton-Gordon writes, Brexit is getting in the way of the UK and the EU playing the role we should.

Philosopher, February 3, 1909 - August 24, 1943

From Lord Beaverbrook to Charles de Gaulle, and Dylan Thomas to Aleister Crowley, Soho’s French House has long attracted an eclectic clientele. MATT BARKER asks whether this most legendary of pubs can cope with its own myth

Hardeep Singh Kohli confesses to a porcine passion and shares his own recipe for a classic Parma ham dish

‘We want tighter borders’ cried some in the media only to moan when Brits had to queue at passport control. Here Liz Gerard examines yet more media hypocrisy.

The European Union’s starry logo glistens in the sun on a plaque by a roundabout just outside Longford, a market town about 80 miles from Dublin in the Irish Midlands.

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