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Is Cameron ready for his European opportunity?

3 July 2015 8:57
David Cameron Meets With Angela Merkel In Berlin

Could Greek voters back austerity measures to keep their country in the eurozone this weekend? Today’s papers cover a poll by GPO which put ‘Yes’ on 47.1 per cent and… Continue reading

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Greek referendum going ahead as Tsipras again urges No vote

1 July 2015 15:32
Greece Calls For A Vote On Proposed Bailout

After much speculation that the Greek referendum was about to be cancelled, Alexis Tsipras has just appeared on Greek television to confirm that it is going ahead and to urge… Continue reading

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Greeks v Franks – why culture still matters

30 June 2015 15:13
Charlemagne, king of the Franks (Photo: Getty)

During the period of the crusades Greeks would refer to western Europeans by the generic term ‘Frank’, derived from the name of the leading barbarian tribe of the west. The… Continue reading

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Common sense suggests Britain’s economy doesn’t depend on the EU

30 June 2015 14:53
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They say you have to be nearly 60 to have voted in the 1975 referendum. I voted in that referendum. I was 12. My mum had forgotten her glasses. We… Continue reading

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We haven’t had a pan-European war for 70 years. Why is that?

30 June 2015 14:15
Remember this? (Photo: Getty)

The EU referendum makes me suspect that the grownups don’t know what they’re doing. I can see how we got to this point but it seems absurd that something so… Continue reading

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The Eurozone’s new strategy: hope for a Yes vote in Greece

29 June 2015 18:57
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The question that will be on the ballot paper in Greece on Sunday is rather wordy, so European leaders have been trying to simplify it for Greek voters today. Their… Continue reading

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If Greece leaves the Euro, Cameron should start the British renegotiation all over again

28 June 2015 20:42
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Tonight, it is still not clear how the Greek situation will be resolved. The European Central Bank–which is desperate to avoid being dragged into the politics of this situation–has chosen… Continue reading

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Greece: ‘The crisis has commenced’

27 June 2015 20:56
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Alexis Tsipras’ gamble in calling a referendum on the bailout deal has failed in two respects. First, it has not prompted Greece’s creditors to offer the country a better deal.… Continue reading

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Greece to hold referendum on bailout deal

26 June 2015 23:09
Alexis Tsipras (Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/Getty)

The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has just announced that there will be a referendum on the proposed bailout deal next Sunday, July 5th. He will ask for the current… Continue reading

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Most Tories want to remain in the EU. Here’s why

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It is unfashionable to quote polls these days but one recent finding went unremarked even though it is remarkable. It showed that only 15 per cent of members of the… Continue reading

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A British policeman shouldn’t take orders from a radical Islamist preacher

23 June 2015 16:58
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Each year Anjem Choudary earns more in benefits than a soldier does starting off in our armed forces. This is a fact I never tire of pointing out – especially… Continue reading

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Greece may soon face a humanitarian crisis of its own

21 June 2015 15:39
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Normally, the phrase ‘continent in crisis’ is hyperbole. But it seems appropriate today as we contemplate the situation Europe, and more specifically the EU, finds itself in. In the next… Continue reading

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How far will Merkel go on Greece?

13 June 2015 11:40
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The Greek crisis has been going on for so long now, it is hard to imagine it actually coming to a conclusion. But next week’s meeting of European Finance Ministers… Continue reading

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It may actually be in Ukip’s interest to lose the EU referendum

12 June 2015 15:35
UKIP Hold Their First Conference Since The General Election

Will the country be torn apart by the EU referendum? That’s the argument made by Chris Deerin on the capitalist running dog website CapX. Deerin, a Scottish Unionist, says it’s… Continue reading

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The government is already getting the EU Referendum Bill wrong

9 June 2015 17:44
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The EU Referendum Bill has been accompanied by almost unprecedented flip-flopping and ‘reverse ferreting’. I think we have to accept that it is quite right for the Liberals and Labour to… Continue reading

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Cameron on Europe: the anatomy of a U-turn

9 June 2015 10:05
G7 Leaders Meet For Summit At Schloss Elmau

How did David Cameron get into such a mess on Europe so quickly? For those whose heads are still spinning (and this probably includes the Prime Minister) over what on… Continue reading

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‘Careless talk costs lives’: Cameron angers MPs as he insists he was ‘misinterpreted’ on EU vote

8 June 2015 16:23
G7 Leaders Meet For Summit At Schloss Elmau

It’s not clear who David Cameron is trying to annoy more: his party or the press pack following him at the G7 summit in Bavaria. But what is clear, at… Continue reading

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Number 10 rows back on EU vote threat

8 June 2015 12:52
G7 Leaders Meet For Summit At Schloss Elmau

So after a few hours of outrage in the Tory party, David Cameron’s aides have announced that he didn’t say ministers would have to support his stance during the EU… Continue reading

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How David Cameron could still avoid a bitter Tory row on Europe without a free vote

8 June 2015 8:07
Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

David Cameron’s indication that his ministers will have to follow the position of the government on the EU referendum or leave the government has caused some consternation in his party. David… Continue reading

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Why so many senior Tories want Zac Goldsmith to run for mayor

7 June 2015 11:36
Zac Goldsmith is leading a group of rebel MPs on homeowners' development rights. Picture: Getty

Over the last few weeks, a string of senior Tories have urged Zac Goldsmith to run for Mayor of London. Goldsmith is, as I report in the Mail on Sunday,… Continue reading

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Out’s Farage dilemma

6 June 2015 11:15
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Nigel Farage’s latest intervention—declaring that Ukip is ‘going to take the lead making the case for voting to leave the EU in the referendum—neatly sums up the dilemma facing the… Continue reading

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Qatar doesn’t deserve to host the 2022 World Cup but Turkey does

1 June 2015 14:16
Is worker health and safety just a Eurocentric construct? (Photo: Getty)

The campaign against Qatar’s plans to host the World Cup is racist and Islamophobic, according to the former prime minister of the oil-rich absolute monarchy where Indian workers are treated… Continue reading

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One human right should not be able to extinguish another human right

1 June 2015 9:55
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The Human Rights Act (1998) has a big fan base. In legal, political and celebrity circles there is much enthusiasm for it. Yet the law is not giving us the… Continue reading

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The two tightropes that Cameron must walk on Europe

31 May 2015 11:08
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David Cameron has to walk two tightropes on Europe, and at the same time too. The first is to negotiate a deal with other European leaders that satisfies the bulk of… Continue reading

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The Europhiles need to act soon — or lose momentum to the sceptics

29 May 2015 9:01
British Prime minster David Cameron speaks besides Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the Catshuis residence on May 28, 2015 in The Hague, Netherlands.

Who will speak up for Britain’s relationship with Europe? Even those abroad have noticed that the recent talk from the government and pressure groups has all been tinged with Euroscepticism. During David Cameron’s visit… Continue reading

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