Angela Merkel

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Cameron’s intervention causes uproar

7 July 2010 18:20

Iain Dale has news of fresh ruptures in the Tories’ controversial European grouping. Here are the details: ‘Last week David Cameron held a meeting at Number Ten with the Polish… Continue reading


The euro crisis is an opportunity for Cameron

17 June 2010 16:14

Gerard Baker has written the cover piece for this week’s magazine and it’s a must read. In it, he explains why ‘closer fiscal union’, as Rompuy terms it, is not… Continue reading


Cameron’s European balancing act

17 June 2010 12:28

So David Cameron strides onto the European stage today, with his first EU summit since becoming Prime Minister. And early signs are that it’s going to be a peculiar day… Continue reading


German lessons

26 May 2010 10:31

Angela Merkel’s fall from favour is something David Cameron ought to bear in mind as he looks for lessons to guide his term in office. The German chancellor could do… Continue reading


Goodbye Euro?

29 April 2010 9:12

I have just visited the two countries that are making the headlines in the European newspapers – Germany and Greece. During my trip, I met officials, journalists, and key advisers… Continue reading


Don’t mention ze Europe

13 April 2010 10:37

The Conservative Party’s departure from the European People’s Party came down to a choice of expediency over principle. If you are inclined to accept that Britain will stay in the… Continue reading


Germany to the EU: no more integration

24 March 2010 10:22

A Conservative Party article of faith has been the belief that other Europeans are innately more pro-EU than the British. In the past, this has undoubtedly been the case. Poll… Continue reading


Germany, where art thou?

13 March 2010 12:07

It is more than 100 days since Guido Westerwelle became Germany’s foreign minister and the questions about Germany’s diplomatic introspection remain. They may have even grown and are becoming problematic… Continue reading