1. Lost illusions on Europe (Financial Times)
Britain needs to adopt a hard-headed approach founded on the national interest – and hold a referendum, says an FT editorial.
The goal of delivering a fair, affordable welfare seems as distant as ever, writes Steve Richards.
3. How to follow the public money in a privatised NHS (Guardian)
Without basic financial transparency from public service contractors we can say goodbye to democratic accountability, writes Zoe Williams.
5. Welfare cuts may bite the UK government (Financial Times)
When incomes rise and the Treasury refuses to raise social security, everyone will complain, says Chris Giles.
6. Europe’s dogmatic ruling class remains wedded to its folly (Daily Telegraph)
Proclamations of the euro’s salvation owe more to ideology than to the facts, says Peter Oborne.
7. Is the millennium’s biggest ego trip over? (Times) (£)
The left fête him as an anti-capitalist, anti-American saviour, but Hugo Chávez is just a strutting narcissist, says David Aaronovitch.
8. Don't dismiss privatised classes (Independent)
In education as in probation, public services must be about practicality not ideology, says an Independent editorial.
9. Tinker, tailor, soldier... and a central banker (Daily Telegraph)
The Treasury’s cloak-and-dagger interviews are hardly an advert for open government, writes Sue Cameron.
10. US energy: state of (semi-) independence (Guardian)
The relationships that America has with the rest of the world are bound to change both in scale and in intensity, says a Guardian editorial.