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The Greek crisis is back, and this time it’s more serious than before

25 April 2015 16:26
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Amidst the hullabaloo of the general election campaign, one thing that has generally gone unnoticed in Britain’s political discourse is the worsening Greek situation. You now have European finance ministers… Continue reading

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How Labour can use Europe to stop the Tories

7 April 2015 13:53
Liberal Democrats Annual Spring Conference 2014

One of the first tasks of a party in our time of fragmented politics is to stop their opponents making alliances. As things stand, the Tories can form a coalition… Continue reading

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Convince a generation that Ukip resemble the Nazis and you can make them do anything

26 March 2015 11:22
Ukip Leader Nigel Farage Fails To Turn Up At Rally

There was something genuinely frightening about the disturbance aimed at Nigel Farage and his family this weekend; what’s scary is that there seem to be so many people in our… Continue reading

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If Greece leaves the euro could others follow?

19 February 2015 16:43
The Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis.

Germany wants nothing less than an unconditional surrender from the new Greek government. It is hard to draw any other conclusion from Berlin’s decision to reject Greece’s proposal for a… Continue reading

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Greece isn’t the only country that wants to leave the euro

19 February 2015 16:13
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With EU budget talks breaking down on Monday night, there was, for a time, an outside chance that Greece would leave the euro. Worryingly for EU leaders, there are plenty… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband to Cameron: show us your EU renegotiation policy

19 February 2015 15:07
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives A Speech On The Economy

Ed Miliband has sent an angry letter to David Cameron this afternoon, demanding that he ‘set out in detail a reform agenda for the EU and a strategy for building… Continue reading

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Bet on a swift Grexit

19 February 2015 11:08
Results In The Greek General Election

‘Will Greece exit the eurozone in 2015?’ Paddy Power was pricing ‘yes’ at 3-to-1 on Tuesday, with 5-to-2 on another Greek general election within the year and 6-to-4 on the… Continue reading

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The Eurozone crisis is as much a political problem as it is an economic one

17 February 2015 13:05
Alexis Tsipras (Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/Getty)

Veterans of Eurozone crisis summits, hoping for another nail-biting drama, had queued to get ringside seats. But yesterday’s meeting over Greece with Eurozone Finance Ministers ended without result. And you… Continue reading

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Greece lightning: six things you need to know about Syriza’s victory

26 January 2015 8:10
The leader of Greece's left-wing Syriza party Alexis Tsipras casts his ballot at a polling station in Athens (Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty)

It’s official: Syriza, the Greek anti-austerity leftist party, has won the general election. With 98pc of the votes counted it is looks to have taken 149 out of 300 seats, just two short of… Continue reading

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A Syriza majority will put Athens and Berlin on a collision course

25 January 2015 18:53
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The next set of exit polls are now out from Greece and they, again, show Syriza pulling off a spectacular victory. Their lead might even be just enough to see… Continue reading

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Greece votes, Europe waits

25 January 2015 10:48
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Greek voters are currently going to the polls in an election that will have profound consequences for the Eurozone. If the anti-austerity Syriza party wins, as the polls suggest it… Continue reading

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How parliament is failing to hold the EU to account

15 January 2015 10:32
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Today MPs hold a short Commons debate on the proposed transatlantic trade and investment partnership – TTIP. As a pan-EU trade deal with the US it is being negotiated by the… Continue reading

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The bleak calculation made by the passengers on the Ezadeen

3 January 2015 10:51
A Syrian refugee with her child (Photo: Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP/Getty)

Well, thank God they made it. The Ezadeen, formerly a livestock carrier and now adapted for its human cargo of 360 people, has arrived today at Corigliano Calabro near Lecce.… Continue reading

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It won’t be John Major — David Cameron wants to renegotiate EU membership himself

28 December 2014 10:46
David Cameron Meets With John Major In Downing Street

Will Sir John Major be asked to lead Britain’s Europe renegotiations? The Telegraph diary raises this prospect – and it makes sense. As a former PM with clout and credibility… Continue reading

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Hammond tries to thread the needle on EU immigration

15 November 2014 11:53
Prime Minister Returns To Downing Street From His Holiday

Philip Hammond’s interview in The Telegraph this morning is striking for several reasons. First, Hammond admits that Britain isn’t going to regain full control of its borders in the renegotiation.… Continue reading

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The idiot economy – behind the ‘dark web’ cyber-crime busts

10 November 2014 18:59
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Spectator Money is out, with ideas on how to make it, spend it and even how to be seen spending it. Freddy Gray looks at the ‘social economy’ - think tax loopholes for financiers of politically… Continue reading

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Tory eurosceptics plot to use loss in Rochester to pressure Cameron

7 November 2014 17:03
UKIP Prepares For Rochester And Strood By-Election

Labour might be mired in misery this week, but at least it can take comfort that around the corner is the Rochester by-election, which the Conservatives look set to lose.… Continue reading

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Miliband corners Cameron on immigration at listless PMQs

5 November 2014 13:59
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The Commons has a rather listless feel to it at the moment. Today’s PMQs will not live long in the memory. Ed Miliband’s strategy was to get David Cameron to… Continue reading

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Carry on waffling about Europe, Dave – but do the EastEnders approve?

4 November 2014 15:42
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Having perused the replies for my call to caption Ed Miliband and Mary Creagh, Mr S is sorry to say that there is no ‘winner’, nor even a ‘favourite.’ There… Continue reading

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Is David Cameron about to make another migration promise he can’t fulfil – and distract from meaningful EU reform?

3 November 2014 18:04
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It is easy to understand David Cameron’s desire to make a ‘game changing’ speech on EU immigration. Voters are telling pollsters it is the issue that most concerns them, Ukip… Continue reading

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Cameron: We’re not paying this EU bill on the 1st of December

24 October 2014 14:55
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A visibly riled David Cameron railed at the European Commission’s ‘completely unacceptable’ behaviour in demanding another £1.7 billion from Britain by the 1st of December. He warned that he certainly… Continue reading

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The UKIP effect: killing the thing you love

23 October 2014 12:48
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This chart, courtesy of Mike Smithson, shows Ipsos-Mori’s polling on British membership of the European Union. It shows support for leaving the EU is no higher now than it was… Continue reading

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Podcast: Europe, counties and hipsters

23 October 2014 10:16
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This week’s issue of the Spectator takes a close look at Europe. Nicholas Farrell focuses on the terminal decline of Italy, and asks whether anything can be done to stop… Continue reading

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Postcard from Ukraine – meet the artists in exile from the People’s Republic of Donetsk

22 October 2014 10:25
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It was Orthodox Trinity Sunday when Luba Michailova received word that separatists would soon occupy the premises of the Donetsk art centre she founded. She was in Kiev at the… Continue reading

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Tories reveal innovative new election strategy…

20 October 2014 20:10
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It is a bold approach but, who knows, perhaps it is just crazy enough to work. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with a strategy on immigration best summarised… Continue reading

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