Could the European Union collapse? The question, dismissed a few years ago as the stirrings of Europhobic fantasists, is now pertinent. National governments across the continent are struggling for authority and credibility. Econ-omies are struggling for growth and dynamism.
Reform and respect: Tony Blair has proved considerably more adept at the former than the latter, certainly where the Labour Party comes in.
Many in Britain feel smug about France's vote on the European constitution. If the French say "no" on 29 May, it will save us asking the dreaded question. If they say "yes", doesn't that strengthen a British instinct to say no when Tony Blair picks a date for us?