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Morning Call: Pick of the Papers

Ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers

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Ed Balls has the rare political right to say: I told you so (Guardian)

Jonathan Freedland finds the shadow chancellor's political strength lies in his capacity to be infuriatingly right.

Scotland's slow countdown (Times)

Leading article urges careful - and sceptical - consideration of the case for Scottish independence.

A political class mired in crisis and scandal (Daily Mail)

Leading article ambitiously links Leveson inquiry to Eurozone scandal and decides our governing elite is incapable.

Nick Clegg's U-turn for the Better (Guardian)

The Deputy Prime Minister has come at least half way towards grasping the failure of austerity, says Robert Skidelsky.

At the heart of Europe's crisis is the abolition of the nation state (Telegraph)

Elegiac account of eurozone meltdown as the expression of hubristic folly of Europe's founding fathers, by Bruce Anderson.

Grammar schools educated people to lead the world. They can do so again (Independent)

Lively rehearsal of classic argument for the old, flawed but effective engines of social mobility, by Chris Blackhurst.

Ireland faces a choice between lucre and liberty (Guardian)

Harder to stomach than auserity is the realisation that a small state cannot fend for itself in a dangerous world, writes Mary Kenny.

It's hard to believe we can build a credible state after so many years of failure (Independent)

Rory Stewart finds historical reasons to be deeply sceptical about Britain's ability to fulfil its ambitions in Afghanistan.

So David Cameron lacks an ideology - who knew? (Independent)

Andrew Grice finds enthusiasm for David Cameron's leadership draining out of the Conservative party.

The fantasy of a United States of Europe is ending in tears, blood and despair (Mirror)

Extremism, neo-fascism, social decay stalk Europe. Who does Tony Parsons blame? Er, Nick Clegg, apparently.

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