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JASON SOLOMONS on a new book which captures – and cherishes – the idiosyncrasies and occasional flaws of the capital.

Forty years ago this month, Jean Monnet, arguably the EU’s most important ‘founding father,’ died aged 90 at home in Houjarray, 43 miles west of Paris.

Much remains unclear about the nature of the music produced by the Romans. But, as SOPHIA DEBOICK reports, by piecing together the clues, their creativity can still be heard.

Forget Pele – the man who really put football on the map in New York was an Italian with a Swansea accent who had an ego as big as his talent. RICHARD LUCK reports

By picking a fight with Ireland, the UK might turn one of its closest allies against it, writes BONNIE GREER.

Mandrake can disclose the BBC has a Remainer register of talking heads it deems to be ‘unsound’ on the most divisive issue of our times.

LARA WILLIAMS on the incredible appeal of Elena Ferrante’s series of novels, beginning with My Brilliant Friend, and the way they have given a voice to Italian women.

As things begin to fall apart Bonnie Greer looks back at the late great writers who will define the next 12 months.

Stuck for something to do while the turkey cooks in the oven? Try The New European’s Christmas Quiz and share your score!

Italy’s dire economic situation has reached a critical moment, says PAUL KNOTT. And it presents the EU with a great opportunity.

Michael White on a week which brought both a people’s vote and a no-deal Brexit closer.

In the most unlikely place, PATRICK SAWER finds a poignant family link to Italy’s fascist past and a reminder that this dark chapter of the country’s history is not yet closed.

The PM is gambling on an appeal to Labour but she could still get her cards from the Tories

Why does the UK lack the sort of vibrant sports press seen on the rest of the continent? Roger DomeneghettI ​explores a conundrum.

​He lived the archetypal life of a poet – intense, eventful and tragic. Yet Friedrich Hölderlin remains an obscure figure outside Germany. A newly-translated work, outlining a momentous existence, could change all that, says CHARLIE CONNELLY

Michael White explains why the collapse of the ERG blueprint joins Boris as twin embarrassments of the week.

CHARLIE CONNELLY ​on a long-forgotten work which captured the thrill of exploring Europe, while also creating a proto-Brexiteer for whom travel is hardly worth the bother

Amid all the noise of Brexit one public institution has remained curiously quiet - the Church of England

Besides the turkey, the tree and the pudding, there are two other perennials at Christmas: one is a broadcast of Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life. The movie is the supreme exemplar of the genre known as ‘Capra-corn’, the credo that there is goodness in the world and a good person will always find it.

Steve Bannon has been alarming Europe with his plans for a new populist force. But there’s no need to worry, says former UKIP official GAWAIN TOWLER, who knows a thing or two about upsetting liberals

TIM WALKER on the plays that show nothing ever changes in politics.

Grace Campbell discusses how much women have to lose from the UK’s departure from the EU.

He was the voice of the shy youth who left the party early, went home alone and cried. But of late Morrissey’s once ​rapier rhetoric has acquired a darker hue, superfan NICHOLAS BARRETT investigates

Remainers have swamped London in their tens of thousands to demand: “Give us a say in Brexit.”

The World Cup has never lived up to its lofty ideals, says GLENN MOORE, as he recounts a history of corruption, match-fixing, boycotts and giving succour to dictatorships.

MICHAEL WHITE is on the hunt for solutions as Europe prepares for its showdown summit.

Leading barrister and peer Helena Kennedy on how departure from the EU has made us all vulnerable – but especially women.

Anti-mafia crusader Giovanni Falcone showed exactly how to wage war against organised crime, but, says his former colleague AUBREY JONES, it seems like we need to learn the lessons again.

As Liverpool FC attempt to write another chapter in their storied history in this weekend’s Champions League final, ANTHONY CLAVANE recounts the extraordinarily intimate relationship between Europe and the city itself.

ANGELA JAMESON explores Italy’s new government and what it might mean for the EU

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