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The Conservatives may have damaged their chances of reforming Europe

13 June 2014 11:04

Although many MEPs believe that the European Parliament is the centre of the known political universe, in truth the goings on in Brussels and Strasbourg rarely trouble the attention of… Continue reading

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Cameron’s EU threats must be plausible; nobody likes a Prime Minister who cries wolf

10 June 2014 14:19

Angela Merkel is annoyed that David Cameron seems to be issuing threats to other European leaders in order to get what he wants. At a press conference concluding talks held… Continue reading

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Cameron calls on his ‘Northern Alliance’ to help stop Jean-Claude Juncker

10 June 2014 11:50

David Cameron visits Sweden today to discuss the future of the EU with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark… Continue reading

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Does Tony Blair want to be President of the European Commission?

30 May 2014 16:37

Tony Blair appeared on the Today programme on Tuesday morning to talk about Europe. The televised version showed him against the backdrop of the Brandenburg Gate. He said somewhat predictable things about… Continue reading

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The Ukip ‘earthquake’ must provoke a proper debate about immigration

27 May 2014 12:09

The ‘debate’ about immigration in recent weeks has failed to focus on the crucial issue – the sheer scale that immigration has reached and its inevitable impact on our future.… Continue reading

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Captain Britannia: Nigel Farage is the Union’s Useful Secret Weapon

27 May 2014 11:53

Your enemy’s enemy is not necessarily your friend. That is something forgotten too easily. Nevertheless, though he may not be your friend he may, for a time at least, be… Continue reading

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The Tories and Ukip: deal or no deal?

23 May 2014 12:59

I can understand why some of my Conservative colleagues are calling for a pact with Ukip. At varying times over the past few years I have been concerned that our… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s plot to keep us in the EU (it’s working)

22 May 2014 19:11

I write this before the results of the European elections, making the not very original guess that Ukip will do well. Few have noticed that the rise of Ukip coincides… Continue reading

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Today’s migration figures show why Cameron should drop his ‘tens of thousands’ target

22 May 2014 11:36

The inconveniently-timed net migration figures are out this morning, and they’re not good for the Prime Minister’s pledge to get immigration into the ‘tens of thousands’ by the general election.… Continue reading

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UKIP’s biggest problem is stupidity, not racism

19 May 2014 15:14

Let me be clear, any time you feel the need to write “Let me be clear – UKIP is not a racist party” you are in a pickle. Parties shunned… Continue reading

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Europe – from hope to scepticism

17 May 2014 10:03

In the lead up to next week’s European elections, voters seem to be disenchanted with the European Union. Around a quarter of the seats in the European parliament are expected… Continue reading

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How George Osborne thinks that Britain can get a new EU deal

8 May 2014 11:10

A second Tory term would be dominated by the EU renegotiation. Within 18 months of returning to office, David Cameron would have to get the rest of the European Union… Continue reading

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One way to persuade me to vote Ukip

1 May 2014 12:45

So far, I am disinclined to vote for Ukip in the forthcoming Euro-elections. Our area has been represented for many years by the great Daniel Hannan, the leading practising Eurosceptic… Continue reading

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If Ed Miliband is the Union’s saviour then the Union is doomed

28 April 2014 14:32

With apologies to John Rentoul, Can Ed Miliband save the Union? is a question to which the answer is God help us all. I admit to a blind spot vis a vis… Continue reading

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How Nick Clegg missed his chance with Nigel Farage

26 April 2014 15:09

At the start of the year, some of the air seemed to have gone out of the Ukip balloon. The party’s warnings about the scale of Romanian and Bulgarian immigration… Continue reading

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Ukip’s poster campaign misses the point about the job market

24 April 2014 12:23

‘Twenty-six million people in Europe are looking for work. And whose jobs are they after?’ asks the Ukip poster for the euro-elections, beside a Lord Kitchener-style pointing finger. Obviously, Ukip… Continue reading

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The Ukip posters will offend more Londoners than eastern Europeans

22 April 2014 14:54

Globalisation is like a rising tide; we’re all living in our separate ponds with their own little social ecosystems until the floodwater starts to rise and turns them into one… Continue reading

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David Cameron: Trust me to change EU, not Ukip

10 April 2014 18:35

David Cameron launched his party’s European and local elections campaign in Manchester today. After weeks of polarised debate between Nick and Nigel, the PM had a task in suggesting that… Continue reading

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The EU is eroding Swiss exceptionalism

4 April 2014 15:49

Even in Switzerland, the elites are sold on the European Union, though it remains outside. It has a virtually irresistible draw in all European countries for the people that Mr… Continue reading

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Clegg lost against Farage, but that’s not the point

4 April 2014 11:37

Why did Nick Clegg bother debating Nigel Farage? The Ukip leader bagged two decisive victories in the battles. But that doesn’t mean the Lib Dem leader has failed to set… Continue reading

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David Dimbleby, Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg this evening. Photo: BBC.

Live: Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage debate – round two

2 April 2014 18:08

This is a live blog for tonight’s debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, kicking off at 7pm. We’ll be adding in audio from the debate below. This page will… Continue reading

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Clegg, Farage and the poverty of Britain’s EU debate

28 March 2014 11:09

Two of the writers I most admire have fallen out over the Clegg vs Farage debate. James Kirkup calls it for the Lib Dem leader (his reasons here) and Peter… Continue reading

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Cameron’s slow mission to convince sceptics at home and in Europe

28 March 2014 8:55

Today’s joint FT article by George Osborne and Wolfgang Schäuble is yet another exhibit for David Cameron to wave at critics of his EU policy. While Nigel Farage and Nick… Continue reading

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Will Nick and Nigel be sidelined from the 2015 TV debates?

27 March 2014 19:38

Has last night’s debate affected Nigel Farage’s chances of being involved in the general election TV debates? Although the broadcasters and political parties have yet to agree any dates or… Continue reading

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Nick vs Nigel sketch: Farage edged ahead of a pompous Clegg – but there was no knock-out blow

27 March 2014 11:29

Never mind the arguments, the body language said it all at the EU debate last night. Nigel Farage was relaxed, smiley and upbeat. Nick Clegg had a solemn and rather… Continue reading

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