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Angela Merkel and David Cameron at the NATO Summit on September 4, 2014 in Newport, Wales.

Merkel’s difficulty is Cameron’s opportunity

29 January 2015 16:56

In the run-up to the Greek election, European figures were adamant that there wasn’t as much to worry about as people thought. They argued that Syriza wouldn’t come close to… Continue reading

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

25 January 2015 18:53

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

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 the Greek election will affect our election

15 January 2015 15:24

In ten days time, Greece goes to the polls in what is, arguably, the most important election that will take place this year. For if — as looks likely —… Continue reading

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron inside 10 Downing Street on January 7, 2015.

It’s rich of Cameron to joke about press conferences

7 January 2015 20:37

There were very few smiles at Downing Street this afternoon as a mustard clad Angela Merkel spoke of a ‘moving moment’. Yet that steely resolve had to crack eventually and… Continue reading

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Will Merkel throw her diplomatic weight behind Cameron’s renegotiation strategy?

7 January 2015 17:24

Before today’s awful events in Paris, the meeting between David Cameron and Angela Merkel was going to be the big news of the day. The German Chancellor does not always… Continue reading

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Lost in translation: How Iain Duncan Smith shocked Angela Merkel

7 January 2015 16:55

Angela Merkel is in London officially to talk about the G7 and unofficially to discuss David Cameron’s hopes for a reformed European Union that Britain can stay in. But while… Continue reading

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Labour only hurts itself by whinging in public

6 January 2015 17:34

Ed Miliband’s office has complained that no-one told them about Angela Merkel’s visit to London, which takes place tomorrow. They are apparently very irritated about no-one telling them, even though… Continue reading

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Germany is shackled in the immigration debate. But Britain isn’t so must lead the way

6 January 2015 16:29

Today Angela Merkel will meet David Cameron in Downing Street. She will tell him what she can do – and what she cannot do – to help keep Britain in the… Continue reading

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A protesters holds up a drawing of a crossed out mosque during a rally of the 'Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident' (PEGIDA) in Dresden, eastern Germany, on December 22, 2014 (Photo: Kay Nietfeld/Getty)

Germany’s anti-Islamisation sentiment isn’t going to disappear any time soon

29 December 2014 11:58

Consider the odium Ukip attracts from right-thinking pundits – by which I obviously don’t mean right as in conservative – square it, and you’re getting close to the opprobrium that… Continue reading

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The Spectator’s portrait of the week

5 November 2014 19:40

Home Fiona Woolf, the Lord Mayor of London, resigned as the head of an inquiry into historical child sex abuse three months after Baroness Butler-Sloss, the former president of the… Continue reading

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

4 November 2014 15:42

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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The bluffing game between Cameron and Merkel begins…

3 November 2014 14:55

We should all get used to reading stories about how Angela Merkel has warned David Cameron that if he persists with X, Y or Z she’ll no longer be able… Continue reading

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Tusk as European Council President is a mixed blessing for Cameron

30 August 2014 21:07

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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German soldiers in the city of Lens in occupied France.  (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Germany’s forgotten war

1 August 2014 17:00

Britain is braced for the anniversary of the outbreak of world war one. Memorials and events are taking place across the country this weekend. Not so in Germany, where reticence… Continue reading

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US German relations nearing a post-war low

12 July 2014 14:45

In an era of Russian revanchism, the cracks in the US German relations are particularly concerning. Angela Merkel’s decision to announce the expulsion of the CIA’s Berlin station chief over… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Angela Merkel at the European Council summit at the end of last week. Picture: Getty

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

29 June 2014 11:42

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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David Cameron is determined to fight Jean-Claude Juncker to the end

23 June 2014 17:04

The family photo at this week’s EU summit will be a particularly awkward affair. EU leaders will have just come from listening to the last post at the Menin Gate,… Continue reading

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The Conservatives may have damaged their chances of reforming Europe

13 June 2014 11:04

Although many MEPs believe that the European Parliament is the centre of the known political universe, in truth the goings on in Brussels and Strasbourg rarely trouble the attention of… 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

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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Cameron calls on his ‘Northern Alliance’ to help stop Jean-Claude Juncker

10 June 2014 11:50

David Cameron visits Sweden today to discuss the future of the EU with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark… Continue reading

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Has Merkel blinked in Juncker row?

3 June 2014 19:05

Angela Merkel has reportedly blinked in the row over Jean-Claude Juncker’s candidacy for president of the European Commission and is now mooting IMF boss Christine Lagarde. The Reuters report cites… Continue reading

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Ukraine: Cameron and Merkel continue to focus on ‘de-escalation’

10 March 2014 8:54

David Cameron and Angela Merkel held a working dinner last night in Hanover ahead of their visit to a digital trade fair today. Naturally, they discussed Ukraine, and Number 10′s… Continue reading

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Merkel visit: now it’s time for David Cameron to tell us want he wants

28 February 2014 10:23

David Cameron pulled out all the ceremonial stops for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to London and the way in which she played along is testament to her desire for the… Continue reading

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Net migration wobble caused by rising EU immigration

27 February 2014 17:56

How fitting that on the day Angela Merkel pops in to London to natter about EU reform, new figures show a big increase in net migration driven by a rise… Continue reading

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