Inside The British Presidency

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Edward Stourton reveals what really went on behind the scenes during Britain's presidency of the European Union, including contributions from Prime Minister Tony Blair, EU president Jose Manuel Barroso and many of the other major players.

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Talking Turkey

Britain is promoting Turkey's accession to the European Union, but there is fierce resistance from some member states and dark mutterings about a clash of civilisations.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw reveals how he left the negotiations and literally banged his head against the wall.

Tony Blair talks about his last-minute phone call to Ankara in order to clinch the deal.

20060227

Edward Stourton reveals what really went on behind the scenes during Britain's presidency of the European Union, including contributions from Prime Minister Tony Blair, EU president Jose Manuel Barroso and many of the other major players.

1/3. Talking Turkey

Britain is promoting Turkey's accession to the European Union, but there is fierce resistance from some member states and dark mutterings about a clash of civilisations. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw reveals how he left the negotiations and literally banged his head against the wall. Tony Blair talks about his last-minute phone call to Ankara in order to clinch the deal.

Edward Stourton reveals what really went on behind the scenes during Britain's presidency of the European Union, including contributions from Prime Minister Tony Blair, EU president Jose Manuel Barroso and many of the other major players.

1/3.

Talking Turkey

Britain is promoting Turkey's accession to the European Union, but there is fierce resistance from some member states and dark mutterings about a clash of civilisations.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw reveals how he left the negotiations and literally banged his head against the wall.

Tony Blair talks about his last-minute phone call to Ankara in order to clinch the deal.

20060306

Edward Stourton reveals what really went on behind the scenes during Britain's presidency of the European Union, including contributions from Prime Minister Tony Blair, EU president Jose Manuel Barroso and many of the other major players.

2/3.

Money Matters

The European project is in jeopardy unless members agree on a budget for the coming years.

Tony Blair talks about his trip to Eastern and Central Europe in a bid to reassure member states, and President Barroso explains why the European Commission decided to turn on the British government.

20060306

Edward Stourton reveals what really went on behind the scenes during Britain's presidency of the European Union, including contributions from Prime Minister Tony Blair, EU president Jose Manuel Barroso and many of the other major players.

2/3. Money Matters

The European project is in jeopardy unless members agree on a budget for the coming years. Tony Blair talks about his trip to Eastern and Central Europe in a bid to reassure member states, and President Barroso explains why the European Commission decided to turn on the British government.

Edward Stourton reveals what really went on behind the scenes during Britain's presidency of the European Union, including contributions from Prime Minister Tony Blair, EU president Jose Manuel Barroso and many of the other major players.

2/3.

Money Matters

The European project is in jeopardy unless members agree on a budget for the coming years.

Tony Blair talks about his trip to Eastern and Central Europe in a bid to reassure member states, and President Barroso explains why the European Commission decided to turn on the British government.

20060313

Edward Stourton reveals what really went on behind the scenes during Britain's presidency of the European Union, including contributions from Prime Minister Tony Blair, EU president Jose Manuel Barroso and many of the other major players.

3/3.

High Noon and Late Night in Brussels

Britain's rebate is under threat and Blair faces isolation in Europe or condemnation back home.

Heads of state talk about backroom deals involving millions of euros; while Blair and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw describe how Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel saved the day.

20060313

Edward Stourton reveals what really went on behind the scenes during Britain's presidency of the European Union, including contributions from Prime Minister Tony Blair, EU president Jose Manuel Barroso and many of the other major players.

3/3. High Noon and Late Night in Brussels

Britain's rebate is under threat and Blair faces isolation in Europe or condemnation back home. Heads of state talk about backroom deals involving millions of euros; while Blair and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw describe how Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel saved the day.

Edward Stourton reveals what really went on behind the scenes during Britain's presidency of the European Union, including contributions from Prime Minister Tony Blair, EU president Jose Manuel Barroso and many of the other major players.

3/3.

High Noon and Late Night in Brussels

Britain's rebate is under threat and Blair faces isolation in Europe or condemnation back home.

Heads of state talk about backroom deals involving millions of euros; while Blair and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw describe how Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel saved the day.