At her first European Council meeting in December 2005, Angela Merkel emerged in the early hours ‘the deal-maker’ in brokering a budget accord. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

It was a different world when Angela Merkel walked into her first European Council meeting on December 15th, 2005. Around the table to discuss issues(...)

Many European mainlanders remember ‘the squelch of carts laden with possessions on muddy tracks’. Above, the evacuation of Paris in 1940. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

What does the EU want? This simple question has foxed Brits throughout the Brexit talks. It is alleged that Brussels is desperate to retain Britain; t(...)