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A beginner’s guide to Euroscepticism

13 July 2015 16:32

As a long-time Eurosceptic, I should be happy about the Johnny-Come-Latelys now swelling the sceptic ranks. Following Euro-institutions’ wicked treatment of Greece, many European liberals have finally realised that Brussels… Continue reading

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Does anybody still believe that the EU is a benign institution?

6 July 2015 14:59

Ever since Margaret Thatcher U-turned in the dying days of her premiership, there has been a kind of agreement between Left and Right on what the European Union is. Most… Continue reading

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BELGIUM-EU-SUMMIT

Greek government proposes third Eurozone bailout on the eve of IMF default

30 June 2015 17:30

The Greek government is making one final throw of the dice. Just hours before Greece is set to default on its €1.55 billion payment to the IMF, Athens has proposed… Continue reading

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

30 June 2015 14:53

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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There’s no need for Cameron to rush the renegotiation process

25 June 2015 17:29

This EU Council has long been marked in Downing Street’s diary as the moment when David Cameron would tell other EU leaders what his renegotiation demands are. But tonight Cameron’s… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s contradictory EU stance

29 May 2015 15:43

Of all the talks he will have with European leaders about his plans to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with Europe, David Cameron was always likely to enjoy his meeting with Angela… Continue reading

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A Libyan coastguard boat carrying around 500 mostly African migrants arrive at the port in the city of Misrata on May 3, 2015, after the coastguard intercepted five boats carrying people trying to reach Europe (Photo: Mahmud Turkia/Getty)

Europe cannot allow an ungoverned space to exist on its doorstep

22 May 2015 16:11

Last month, 700 migrants attempting to sneak into Europe drowned when their rickety vessel capsized in the Mediterranean. This week, the European Union announced a naval initiative to crack down on… Continue reading

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Philip Hammond signals extra help for the Mediterranean crisis

21 April 2015 19:04

Philip Hammond was noticeably keen this afternoon to show the government isn’t standing idly by while migrants drown in the Mediterranean – especially as the refugee crisis is the global… Continue reading

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How Brussels’ sanctions could bleed Britain dry

14 November 2014 13:32

London is at risk of another blow from Brussels. Currently, the UK Supreme Court is hearing a sanctions case involving the Iranian Bank Mellat, which could prove pivotal in the… Continue reading

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David Cameron has no choice but to defy Brussels

26 October 2014 11:59

If the European Commission had come to Britain demanding another £90 million because this country’s economy had performed better than expected, it would have been a political headache for David… Continue reading

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8 ways the EU might spend that 1.7 billion surcharge

24 October 2014 15:12

So the EU wants Britain to pay a 1.7 billion surcharge for the heinous crime of having an economic recovering. How dare we object? Just think of all the good… Continue reading

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Cameron: We’re not paying this EU bill on the 1st of December

24 October 2014 14:55

A visibly riled David Cameron railed at the European Commission’s ‘completely unacceptable’ behaviour in demanding another £1.7 billion from Britain by the 1st of December. He warned that he certainly… Continue reading

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Ukip’s unsavoury Polish ally in the European Parliament

22 October 2014 11:57

One of the best arguments against European political integration is the people with whom British political parties end up allied in the European Parliament. For reasons of parliamentary influence and,… 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

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

19 July 2014 23:04

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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Ed Miliband adopts a rope-a-dope strategy on Europe

12 March 2014 13:05

Hopi Sen is not alone. There are many people in this country supremely indifferent to the whole and vexatious question of whether or not there should be a referendum on… Continue reading

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David Cameron talks nonsense about vetoing future EU enlargement

20 December 2013 22:35

Fair’s fair. Ed Miliband might be a fish-faced ninny but that doesn’t let David Cameron off the hook. And not just because he’s trailing a fish-faced ninny in the polls.… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

What is David Cameron for?

18 December 2013 14:45

A mischievous question, I know, but one prompted by Janan Ganesh’s latest Financial Times column. It is eight years since David Cameron became leader of the Conservative party and three and a… Continue reading

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Scotland and the EU: Mariano Rajoy should just jog on.

28 November 2013 10:47

It’s bad enough being lectured by politicians from Edinburgh or even London. That, I suppose, is to be expected however. Irritating but normal. It’s rather different when foreigners – real… Continue reading

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Berlin Senior Citizens' Week

World Without Borders: Lebensraum for German Pensioners

18 September 2013 12:33

Borders matter less than they used to. That’s not always apparent in this country protected as it is by the sea but on the continent frontiers are, once again, increasingly… Continue reading

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Tory Wreckers Will Shipwreck David Cameron on the Coast of Belgium

25 June 2013 20:36

Do you understand what David Cameron’s Europe policy is supposed to achieve? If so, you’re way ahead of me. I’ve said before that I think Europe will cripple Cameron unless… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

Europe will end David Cameron’s political career

13 June 2013 13:27

Poor old David Cameron has never been blessed with attractive options on the European front. But for a while it was possible to suppose that it might not ruin his… Continue reading

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All the reporters wanted to talk about was Cyprus - but all the commissioner wanted to talk about was his green paper. Image: Getty

How long will capital restrictions last in Cyprus? ‘Can’t say’

25 March 2013 14:51

To the European Commission headquarters this morning for a briefing with Michel Barnier, the Frenchman who is commissioner in charge of banking. The press pack wanted to talk about –… Continue reading

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Scotland's position in europe is weaker than the SNP would have you believe

26 February 2013 20:13

Nicola Sturgeon, arguably the SNP’s most effective asset at present, went to Brussels today to deliver a speech about Scotland’s future relationship with the EU. Most of it was as… Continue reading

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Members Of The Royal Family Attend The Commonwealth Day Of Observance At Westminster Abbey

Are the Tories united on Europe? Pull the other one.

15 February 2013 14:17

Party unity is one of those things you can measure by the frequency with which the idea is mentioned. The more often it is talked about, the less it exists.… Continue reading

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