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Victoria Nuland

Why condemn the US diplomat caught on tape denouncing the EU? She has a point

7 February 2014 12:17

I have my criticisms of the Obama administration, but it does seem to have the right idea about the European Union’s diplomatic efficacy. His top diplomat for European and Eurasian… Continue reading

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What the US really thinks about Europe (and why it might help push reform)

7 February 2014 10:00

Whether it wants to or not, Washington has a role to play in the UK’s EU debate. Eurosceptics and Europhiles constantly wrangle over what the US position is on Brexit,… Continue reading

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What is Europe good for? Rather a lot, actually…

23 January 2014 12:50

Europe, eh? Good for nothing, innit? That’s the prevailing narrative you hear these days. But, as so often, this is a matter of perspective. The chart above, plundered courtesy of… Continue reading

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There are no shortcuts to reforming the EU

15 January 2014 10:22

What does a Tory eurosceptic look like? Loud chalk-stripe, a flash of red braces and the faintest whiff of a lunch-time gander at the Members’ wine list. Right? Wrong. The… Continue reading

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The EU had 30 years to create a single market, and failed – we need change

14 January 2014 13:14

It is perhaps the most striking failure of the EU that nearly 30 years since Margaret Thatcher signed the Single European Act with the vision of a single trading market… 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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Andrea Leadsom was representing the UK at Open Europe's war game negotiations.

War gaming a better EU deal for Britain

11 December 2013 17:25

What will happen when Britain sits down to negotiate a new relationship with the European Union? The Open Europe think tank decided to find out with ‘war games’ in Westminster… Continue reading

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Goldman Sachs Introduce £1m Salary Cap

A choice for Tories: Goldman Sachs or UKIP?

4 December 2013 21:21

Hats-off to James Kirkup for noticing that Goldman Sachs have suggested they would “drastically” cut their UK workforce (and operations) should Britain decide to leave the European Union. That is the view… Continue reading

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Polish community Continues To Thrive In UK

When oh when will we ever be able to talk about immigration (sensibly)?

2 December 2013 16:16

I do wish we were never allowed to speak about immigration. That seems the only way to prevent folk from spouting – and writing – rubbish on the subject. But… 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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Nick Boles: how to deport jobless EU immigrants

24 November 2013 21:42

From Fraser Nelson: David Cameron proposing delaying welfare payments to EU immigrants – which some might see as his listening more to Lynton Crosby and less to the likes of… Continue reading

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Renewable costs on bills to double due to European target

22 November 2013 10:44

As officials try to meet the Prime Minister’s promise to roll back the ‘green levies’ and cut the ‘green crap’, lots of attention has focused on the Energy Company Obligation (ECO),… Continue reading

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What to do about the EU? Work with Germany

17 October 2013 13:01

As the British Parliament continues deliberating the EU Referendum Bill, it’s worth reflecting on the relationship between the UK and Germany: It could determine the future direction of the whole… Continue reading

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EU red tape push will give Cameron cover for renegotiation

15 October 2013 9:06

The government’s business taskforce will give a presentation today to Cabinet on its report on slashing EU regulation. David Cameron has already indicated that he will support the 30 recommendations… 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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The View from 22 – learning to switch off, is London the new Venice and Britain’s shale ambitions vs. the EU

8 August 2013 14:10

Will holidays ever be truly relaxing again? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Mary Wakefield and Freddy Gray discuss Clarissa Tan’s magazine cover piece on how technology has ruined… Continue reading

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We can’t talk about immigration without talking about the EU

27 July 2013 13:37

Harrods and The Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London don’t strike one as natural bedfellows. But they are both up in arms about the government’s immigration policies. Harrods is… Continue reading

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Why you can’t live in a ‘country’ in the eyes of the EU

25 July 2013 15:19

Here is a lesson from today’s European Commission midday press conference on how EU propaganda works, and works at all times and at every opportunity. Whenever a commissioner appears on… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband takes part in a question-and-answer session on the NHS in Manchester. Picture: Getty.

Miliband’s EU referendum dilemma

29 June 2013 13:00

Friday’s vote on James Wharton’s EU referendum bill is going to push the whole Europe question right back up the political agenda. The Tories will try and use it to… Continue reading

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Cameron as Dirty Harry

Lock, load and prepare for ambush - David Cameron's very British approach to Brussels summits

28 June 2013 17:54

Many Prime Ministers go native when they head to Brussels. But David Cameron’s hostility to the whole racket is hardening with every trip. At his post-summit press conference today, he… Continue reading

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Andrew Mitchell, friend of the civil service

10 June 2013 13:17

Tensions between some ministers and the civil service are at boiling point, with vicious briefings taking place on both sides. Seemingly keen to keep the pen-pushers sweet, former Chief Whip… Continue reading

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EU shopping list tips from Ben Goldsmith, Bill Cash, Nancy Dell’Olio and Matthew Elliott

17 May 2013 13:28

Ben Goldsmith, Partner at WHEB Partners and signatory to Business for Britain In the private sector, every business must provide regular and accurate accounts. Yet when you try to look into… Continue reading

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A protestor carries a Serbian flag at a protest against the recognition of Kosovo as an independent state. Image: PA

Who stands to gain from the Kosovo-Serbia deal? The EU

26 April 2013 14:20

Britain’s very own EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Cathy Ashton, has not had a terribly good press after a report from the European Parliament said her department… Continue reading

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David Cameron presenting his immigration speech this morning. Photo: PA.

Despite the fanfare, David Cameron still isn’t doing anything on immigration

25 March 2013 17:31

Well, it was right not to expect much. The full text of David Cameron’s speech on immigration is here but it can be summarised in one sentence: ‘mass migration has… Continue reading

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