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Here’s the answer to your migrant crisis, Mr Cameron

2 September 2015 10:16

For all its difficulties, Europe is prosperous and safe: one of the best places on Earth. Many other societies have yet to achieve this happy state: some are murderous and… Continue reading

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Immigration hits a record high

27 August 2015 11:52

There must be an element of masochism in Theresa May that leads her to promise the electorate something she cannot give them: net migration in the tens of thousands. Figures… Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn Takes The Lead In The Labour Leadership Race

If Jeremy Corbyn joins the No to EU campaign, he’ll drive voters to Cameron

22 August 2015 10:00

If the man with the dull beard does win, where will Labour stand in the European Union referendum? Jeremy Corbyn, being a hard leftist, is theoretically against the EU, but… Continue reading

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Migrants try to enter the Eurotunnel site to attempt to reach Britain (Photo: Philippe Huguen/Getty)

The Calais crisis needs a better response than fences and dogs, Prime Minister

7 August 2015 10:20

David Cameron should be in real trouble over Calais. It goes to the heart of two of the central issues by which British voters judge governments: are you competent and… Continue reading

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Podcast: how to fix the refugee crisis

6 August 2015 11:50

Are there any immediate solutions for fixing the refugee crisis? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Paul Collier discusses this week’s Spectator cover feature on this topic with Douglas Murray. Are there… Continue reading

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George Osborne and French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron (L) listen to explanations during a visit of the French start-ups incubator and accelerator TheFamily in Paris on July 27, 2015.

George Osborne: Britain must work with France to build a trade relationship with the EU

29 July 2015 8:41

George Osborne has revealed the aim of Britain’s EU renegotiation: to move our relationship back towards a trading partnership. The Chancellor has told the Daily Telegraph he would like to see a paired… Continue reading

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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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The Germans have just changed the whole dynamic of the Euro

13 July 2015 13:51

The ancient Greeks used to drop iron bars into the sea to demonstrate the permanence of the agreement they were signing. The point was that the deal would last until… Continue reading

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Euclid Tsakalotos addresses the Sinn Fein annual conference in Londonderry in 2015 (Photo: Paul Faith/Getty)

Euclid’s theorem of the Irish

10 July 2015 9:00

The excellently named Euclid Tsakalotos has become the Greek finance minister after the sacking (tsaking?) of Varoufakis. He was educated at St Paul’s in the 1970s, and went on to… Continue reading

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Left-wing Eurosceptics are finally starting to reveal themselves

9 July 2015 16:19

Even if everything goes wronger still, the Greek No vote is a great victory for the left. Until now, the left has not mounted a serious challenge to the claims… Continue reading

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Holds His Monthly Press Conference

‘Banging on about Europe’ doesn’t seem so dumb now, does it?

9 July 2015 11:51

As we watch the Eurozone catastrophe enter its latest ‘final phase’ one phrase keeps recurring to me.  That phrase is ‘banging on about Europe’.  Does anybody else remember when those… Continue reading

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Greece Facing Uncertain Future After Rejecting EU Proposals

You’ll never understand Greece from a God’s eye view

7 July 2015 17:48

We were breakfasting outside on the morning of the Greek referendum. The result could only be guessed at and all the polls were saying it was neck-and-neck. I thought ‘yes’… Continue reading

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Crowdfunding campaign to bail out Greece fails to meet its target

7 July 2015 16:10

After the people of Greece voted against the bailout terms on offer in Sunday’s referendum, the likelihood of the country staying in the Euro is beginning to diminish. Now, they have… Continue reading

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Newly appointed Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos (Photo: John Thys/Getty)

The Greeks haven’t exactly got negotiations off to a good start

7 July 2015 15:31

Eurozone leaders are holding a summit later today to discuss the Greeks’ proposal for dealing with their debt that was to be put before the Eurogroup this afternoon. But that… Continue reading

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Time running out for a Greek deal warns Osborne

6 July 2015 17:56

Right now, Britain is sitting on the side-lines waiting to see if there is, to use George Osborne’s phrase, an ‘11th hour’ deal between Greece and the rest of the… 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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Cheer up! The Greek crisis shows you were right all along

6 July 2015 10:58

I don’t know whether the joy on the right was worse than the preening on the left last night but as the result of the Greek referendum swept across social… Continue reading

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Alexis Tsipras asked if people were happy. The answer was always going to be ‘no’

5 July 2015 23:20

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has just done something unthinkable. He has won the Greek referendum. And make no mistake, it was him that won it. It was his decision to call… Continue reading

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The Greeks have voted ‘no’. Now, the real crisis will begin

5 July 2015 20:07

In a landslide vote, the Greeks have said ‘no’ to the latest EU bailout deal – and, perhaps, to the Euro itself. Alexis Tsipras will stay as Prime Minister, and treat the result as a… Continue reading

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Globalists v localists: the new reality of 21st century politics

5 July 2015 18:37

Tonight it looks like the Oxi’s have it, and Greece’s fraught relationship with the Franks has reached a new phase, with possible Grexit coming; that’s assuming the exit polls are… Continue reading

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Supporters of the ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn during a demonstration outside parliament (Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty)

Does the EU want the Greeks to vote for Golden Dawn?

4 July 2015 8:30

If Greece does vote Yes, and Mr Tsipras has to go, who is left to run the country? The voters have tried all the main parties, only to find them broken… Continue reading

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Free movement isn’t an inalienable right. Just look at Calais

3 July 2015 12:22

The right to free movement of people and goods across the EU is, as we keep being told when the government proposes to trim benefits for Romanians, a fundamental and… Continue reading

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Prime Minister Tsipras Meets With Chancellor Merkel In Berlin

Why is the FT ordering Greece to do what Germany wants?

1 July 2015 13:46

‘The Greek people,’ the Financial Times leading article said on Monday, ‘would be well advised to listen closely to the words of Ms Merkel. The plebiscite will be a vote… Continue reading

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Riot police line up outside a bank in Greece (Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty)

The sooner Greece leaves the euro, the better

1 July 2015 11:24

Ten years ago, the Greek minister Yainnos Papantoniou came to London to give a talk at the London School of Economic on the country’s first four years as a member… Continue reading

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Greeks v Franks – why culture still matters

30 June 2015 15:13

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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