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Angela Merkel

This isn’t just any solution; this is an M&S solution

17 August 2011 18:03

Banks and financial institutions endured a painful day’s trading, following Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy’s announcement yesterday that the Eurozone should adopt a ‘Tobin tax’, a charge on financial transactions.… Continue reading

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Battle of the century

15 August 2011 17:58

The American historian Walter Russell-Mead has a cynical — but very possibly accurate — take on what the French are trying to persuade the Germans to accept with their plan… Continue reading

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Back to the drawing board as Eurobonds look dead in the water

15 August 2011 13:22

Watch her lips: no Eurobonds. Angela Merkel’s Finance, Minister Wolfgang Schauble has told Der Spiegel: "I rule out Eurobonds for as long as member states conduct their own financial policies… Continue reading

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Is Merkel getting her way?

21 July 2011 16:29

Below, courtesy of the Telegraph, is a leaked copy of the draft proposals on managing the Greek debt crisis.There are no measures to reduce Greece’s debts to sustainable levels; subsidy is the preferred… Continue reading

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Common Franco-German position on Greek debt

21 July 2011 10:25

As I wrote earlier this morning, rumours of a ‘common Franco-German position’ on Greek debt were circulating in the early hours. Details are now emerging. Nicolas Sarkozy has dropped plans… Continue reading

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Getting a grip of the crisis

21 July 2011 9:33

“I’m very worried, this building [the Treasury] is very worried and this government is very worried,” said George Osborne of the unfolding crisis in the Eurozone. In an interview with… Continue reading

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Gearing up for another European drama

20 July 2011 10:51

Away from the amateur dramatics in parliament this afternoon, the government is fighting yet another battle with the European Commission over banking reform. European leaders will vote later today on proposals… Continue reading

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Merkel is running out of patience with the eurozone

25 March 2011 10:54

Like an unseasonal Atlantic gale, the Portuguese sovereign debt crisis has blown in to ruin the latest EU summit. This meeting was intended to mark the beginning of the end… Continue reading

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In Defence of Germany

18 March 2011 13:28

Among the many odd things about the Libyan "debate" is the argument that Germany’s decision to abstain during the Security Council vote is somehow disgraceful and proof that Germany still… Continue reading

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A Grim St Patrick’s Day

17 March 2011 2:18

St Patrick’s Day is often pretty grim, not least on account of the American habit of suggesting the poor old boy is actually the patron saint of uncooked hamburgers. It… Continue reading

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Meltdown danger

15 March 2011 9:01

The situation in Japan is deteriorating further. In the early hours of this morning, the last workers are said to have left the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as the… Continue reading

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Cameron signs up to muscular liberalism

5 February 2011 10:42

"State multiculturalism has failed." Angela Merkel put voice to that sentiment last October. Now it David Cameron’s turn to do the same. In a speech in Munich today, the Prime… Continue reading

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What Cameron should push for in Brussels

17 December 2010 9:30

As David Cameron stays in Brussels for his third European summit as PM, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the EU’s approach to the eurozone crisis – put up short-term cash… Continue reading

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A "two stone" solution to the Euro crisis will unbalance the coalition

15 December 2010 19:01

Whatever the British government wants, moves are now afoot on the Continent to address some of the structural problem with the Euro. They may in the end lead to some… Continue reading

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Ireland’s crisis is the fault of Fianna Fáil, not just the euro

22 November 2010 9:07

In all likelihood, George Osborne will rise this afternoon to groans if not jeers. Britain looks set to lend Ireland £7bn as part of multilateral and bilateral bailouts. Many, particularly… Continue reading

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G-20 in Seoul: Beyond “Camerkelism”

10 November 2010 17:59

David Cameron is now in Seoul for the first G-20 summit hosted by a non–G-7 member state. It will be the Prime Minister’s second G-20. But things have changed dramatically… Continue reading

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A wasted opportunity for EU reform?

2 November 2010 11:10

David Cameron made his statement on last week’s EU summit yesterday, answering a range of questions on the 2011 EU budget increase and future changes to the EU treaties. The… Continue reading

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Cameron emerges unscathed

1 November 2010 17:35

David Cameron’s statement on the European summit just now was an opportunity for pro-European politicians to tweak the Conservative party’s tail about the coalition’s stance on Europe. Ed Miliband told… Continue reading

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Cameron’s euro battle is just beginning

30 October 2010 13:18

David Cameron sold himself a hospital pass in Europe this week. His failure to secure a budget freeze has revealed that Britain’s clout has been wildly exaggerated. The likely 2.9… Continue reading

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Cameron must play his cards well to win in Europe

28 October 2010 14:49

The British media woke up this week, realising that Europe still exists. As David Cameron travels to Brussels, questions loom over what, exactly, he can achieve in Europe – at… Continue reading

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Cameron takes on Europe

28 October 2010 9:10

European leaders, we are told, have been charmed by David Cameron since he formed the coalition government – today, we must hope that he can use that charm to good… Continue reading

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Cameron prepares for the Brussels offensive

25 October 2010 14:58

David Cameron’s first battle with the EU opens on Thursday. Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy hope to introduce a treaty that will deliver tough sanctions on eurozone members that break… Continue reading

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Time for a new approach to the EU

19 October 2010 13:25

All eyes are on the spending review, but yesterday another potentially huge challenge landed in the Coalition’s in-tray: the prospect of a new EU treaty.   In the small town… Continue reading

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Finessing the coalition’s EU referendum lock

14 September 2010 10:53

The Coalition Government’s proposal for a ‘referendum lock’ on future transfers of powers to the EU has already been branded “worthless” by some Tory backbenchers . It’s easy to share… Continue reading

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Battling for the budget rebate

11 September 2010 10:51

A plain speaking man, Janusz Lewandowksi. This week, the EU Budget Commissioner said, not without a clear note of pleasure, that ‘the rebate for Britain has lost its original justification.’… Continue reading

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