Scotland's vote weighs on Europe
Amongst the officials of Europe, Scotland is a topic they recoil from.
No one wishes to take a public stand which could influence the outcome of Thursday's referendum. It is a matter, they add, for Scotland and the rest of the UK.
But privately the European instinct is against the break-up of established countries. It is a core defence of the European project that a global world requires countries to relinquish sovereignty and to integrate more.
The outgoing President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, said a few years ago that "a rising tide of nationalism is the EU's biggest enemy.
"In every member state there are people who believe their country can survive alone in the globalised world. It's a lie... the time of the homogenous nation state is over."
Juncker's olive branch to Britain
The UK got a top post in the new EU Commission and the one it particularly wanted.
Jonathan Hill will be the commissioner responsible for regulating Europe's financial services and the new rules for the banks. Although he will be acting in the "European" interest it means a Brit will have responsibility for the City of London.
Eyes on EU Commission's Juncker as he unveils team
Some time this week a little-known British politician will be assigned a portfolio in Brussels.
To most people, preoccupied with the future of the United Kingdom, the appointment will attract little attention.
A peace project at a time of war
At last Saturday's summit in Brussels the EU's new foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that, at heart, the European Union was a "peace project".
It is often defended with those words but now it is a "peace project" at a time of war. The known world is receding. And Europe is struggling to adjust to that new reality.
Eurozone anxiety overshadows EU summit
In the midst of cascading international crises, Europe's leaders are set to meet for an unusual Saturday summit.
The meeting has long been in the diary and its agenda is to decide on two of the EU's top jobs.
France and the shadow of the euro
President Francois Hollande has been overseeing the creation of his third cabinet in two years.
The resignation of his government on Monday was partly due to feuding, personal ambition, and the divisions between centre-left politicians and socialists.
Europe: All change on Iraq
In just a few days in August everything changed. Or that is how it seems in Europe. The language of politics is different.
French President Francois Hollande said: "I believe the international situation is the worst we've seen since 2001" and the 9/11 attacks on New York.