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James Crisp is a Brussels-based journalist who is the news editor of EurActiv.com
The Foreign secretary is loved by Eurosceptics and detested by EU negotiators.
The attempt by the liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt to form a controversial alliance with the populist Italian movement has failed, giving Ukip cause for celebration.
It has taken just under six months but power tussles over Brexit plans are exposing splits among the Brussels bigwigs.