1. Exquisite Tweets from @JeremyCliffe

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    A year ago Tory commentators were grandly hailing Europe's doom. Today Merkel and Macron are riding high, while Britain is a laughing stock.

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    They told us all that the refugee crisis would bring down Merkel. That Germany would be consumed by nationalist hatred. Wrong.

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    They told us that Macron was a hopeless upstart who would be defeated by the corrupt right or the racist far-right. Wrong.

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    They told us that the Netherlands and Austria would elect far-right leaders. Wrong.

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    Today they still predict that Europe is doomed, while its economy recovers and Macron-Merkel provide its strongest leadership in decades.

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    In short, Britain's self-image as the dynamic outpost of a stagnating continent looks increasingly delusional.

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