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Tusk as European Council President is a mixed blessing for Cameron

30 August 2014 21:07
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Donald Tusk, the Polish Prime Minister, has been appointed the new European Council President. Tonight, Tusk has had warm words about how imperative it is that Britain’s concerns about the… Continue reading

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Douglas Carswell’s defection is a disaster for David Cameron and great news for Ed Miliband

28 August 2014 12:13
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I like Douglas Carswell. He thinks for himself and has always, I think, added some welcome colour to parliament. But I don’t understand his defection to UKIP at all. If… Continue reading

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The argument about Britain in Europe is just the same as the argument about Scotland in Britain

5 August 2014 10:28
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I know some readers have tired of Scotland’s independence debate. That is understandable, even forgivable. It has, after all, been rumbling along for 40 years. There may only be six… Continue reading

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Balls tries to defuse the tax bombshell

2 August 2014 10:45
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Ed Balls’ interview with the Telegraph today is a demonstration of what he learnt working for Gordon Brown in opposition. He is at pains to deny that he is planning… Continue reading

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Britain has very little to fear from the ECHR. So why are so many Tories so afraid of it?

22 July 2014 15:36
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On matters domestic (England and Wales division) I was sad to see Dominic Grieve turfed-out of the cabinet in last week’s reshuffle. Today he pops up in the Times to remind us… Continue reading

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David Cameron: This is a defining moment for Russia

21 July 2014 16:21
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David Cameron has made a statement to the House of Commons about the destruction of MH17 over eastern Ukraine. He was quick to say that even those who shot down… Continue reading

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After the horrific tragedy of MH17, Europe must wake up to the threat posed by Vladimir Putin

19 July 2014 23:04
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How many more civilian planes need to be shot down over European airspace before Europe’s leaders get serious about the threat posed by Vladimir Putin’s Russia? As the smoke clears… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Senior Tory backbenchers to push Cameron further on Europe

18 July 2014 16:11
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Key eurosceptic MPs are planning to push David Cameron further on his plans for European reform next week, Coffee House has learned. Leading members of a powerful group of right-wing… Continue reading

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Britain’s immigration debate must address three key issues

14 July 2014 16:20
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Politicians tend to get all the blame for immigration policies not working. But politicians are often doomed to fail on migration questions because there are deep-rooted problems with the way… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage hints at how a Tory / Ukip electoral pact might work

13 July 2014 10:38
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Vote Farage, get Miliband might not have quite as much resonance with voters as the Tories would like. But it is certainly effective with donors. If Ukip is seen as… Continue reading

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Jean-Claude Juncker’s biggest challenge: energy

11 July 2014 12:37
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‘Energy is the single biggest issue facing Jean-Claude Juncker,’ remarked a seasoned Eurocrat to me earlier this week. Europe’s energy infrastructure is decrepit and insular. Rates of cross-border interconnection, for… Continue reading

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What have we done for ISIS not to hate us?

3 July 2014 15:06
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After 9/11 the Western world’s response fell between two poles; on the one hand lots of people agreed with General Norman Schwarzkopf that it was not our job to forgive… Continue reading

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A lesser role in the EU for national parliaments is bad news for Cameron’s renegotiation

2 July 2014 17:06
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David Cameron may have got away with his failure to block Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, but that doesn’t mean that his MPs aren’t agitated about the… Continue reading

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Confronting the Tories’ original sin: they are still seen as the party of the rich.

30 June 2014 13:13
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Dominic Cummings is at it again. Michael Gove’s former advisor has become a reliably entertaining guide to the Whitehall labyrinth. It is plain, too, that Cummings likes to think of… Continue reading

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After being Junckered, the Cameron circle now fear for the renegotiation

29 June 2014 11:42
David Cameron and Angela Merkel at the European Council summit at the end of last week. Picture: Getty

Getting Junckered was not an enjoyable experience for Downing Street. Not only has David Cameron lost his battle to stop the former Luxembourg PM becoming Commission President he has also… Continue reading

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Cameron defeated as Juncker nominated for European Commission President

27 June 2014 16:38
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The European Council has nominated Jean-Claude Juncker to be the next president of the European Commission despite David Cameron’s staunch opposition. In the vote that Cameron forced on the appointment,… Continue reading

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David Cameron is acting in a principled way over Juncker – so let’s back him

27 June 2014 12:52
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It’s pretty rich hearing the Labour Party criticize Cameron for taking a principled stance on Europe. How vulgar, they say, how amateur. Doesn’t he know that the job is to… Continue reading

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What Cameron and Labour want to get out of the Juncker row

26 June 2014 17:38
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Labour has supported David Cameron’s attempt to block Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, but that hasn’t stopped it getting a little pre-emptive attack in today as the… Continue reading

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Jeremy Hunt: Better to be isolated and right in Europe

24 June 2014 9:20
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Is it a good thing that David Cameron now appears isolated in Europe as he continues to dig a hole that Jean-Claude Juncker almost certainly won’t fall into? Jeremy Hunt… Continue reading

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Cameron: I speak for disillusioned European voters

13 June 2014 8:37
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David Cameron is today pleading with European leaders to drop their support for Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission. In an article published in a series of newspapers… Continue reading

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David Cameron acknowledges that some Tory MPs want to leave the EU

11 June 2014 18:54
Prime Minster David Cameron Attends A Rally Before European And Local Elections

David Cameron addressed the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers earlier this evening. The meeting was upbeat because of the introduction of the winner of Newark by-election Robert Jenrick and brief… Continue reading

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Cameron’s EU threats must be plausible; nobody likes a Prime Minister who cries wolf

10 June 2014 14:19
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Angela Merkel is annoyed that David Cameron seems to be issuing threats to other European leaders in order to get what he wants. At a press conference concluding talks held… Continue reading

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Campaign to junk Juncker continues

2 June 2014 8:52
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The campaign against Jean-Claude Juncker becoming President of the European Commission continues, with Martin Callanan (who might hope to benefit from another campaign against someone getting a job, namely Andrew… Continue reading

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David Cameron is doing what Eurosceptics want him to do

1 June 2014 14:25
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Tory Eurosceptics from the Cabinet down have long made clear that David Cameron will only be able to get a sufficiently different deal from the EU if he’s prepared to… Continue reading

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The Tories and Ukip: deal or no deal?

23 May 2014 12:59
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I can understand why some of my Conservative colleagues are calling for a pact with Ukip. At varying times over the past few years I have been concerned that our… Continue reading

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