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The EU’s gift to Nigel Farage – Brussels demands £1.7 billion more from Britain

24 October 2014 10:15

With truly dreadful timing, the European Commission has sprung David Cameron with a demand for £1.7 billion in extra British budget payments to the EU. The commission says this amount… 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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Britain gets better European Commissioner job than expected

10 September 2014 11:23

Jean-Claude Juncker clearly appreciated that high-five David Cameron gave him in Brussels recently: he’s appointed Lord Hill to a sizeable economic portfolio as the UK’s European Commissioner. The full list of… Continue reading

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BELGIUM-EU-VOTE-RESULTS

There is a silver lining to Juncker’s appointment

28 June 2014 9:55

David Cameron has been trying to look on the bright side after failing to stop Jean-Claude Juncker becoming president of the European Commission. And while that might look like the… Continue reading

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EU-SUMMIT-POLITICS

How will Cameron work with Juncker?

27 June 2014 8:50

David Cameron has been repeating his line about the importance of sticking to principles in opposing Jean-Claude Juncker this morning ahed of the European Council summit where his fate will… Continue reading

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BELGIUM-EU-VOTE-RESULTS

Cameron needn’t worry too much about Juncker fallout – for now

17 June 2014 8:40

What happens if, as reports suggest today, David Cameron fails in his bid to block Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission? It will make the Prime Minister look… Continue reading

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BELGIUM-EU-SUMMIT-MERKEL

Has Merkel blinked in Juncker row?

3 June 2014 19:05

Angela Merkel has reportedly blinked in the row over Jean-Claude Juncker’s candidacy for president of the European Commission and is now mooting IMF boss Christine Lagarde. The Reuters report cites… Continue reading

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BELGIUM-EU-VOTE-RESULTS

UK govt still confident of success in junking Juncker

3 June 2014 12:01

Government sources are very keen to dispel the impression in Westminster that David Cameron’s tough guy act over the candidacy of Jean-Claude Juncker is a last-minute thing, insisting that the… Continue reading

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MEPS

Why William Hague’s ‘red card’ plan won’t work

1 June 2013 11:54

Alas, now we know William Hague has joined the list – and it’s a long list – of British government ministers who do not understand how the European Union works.… Continue reading

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Beppe Grillo, the Comedian-turned-politician. Photo: Getty Images.

What next for the anti-euro parties?

22 April 2013 15:53

It’s not a surprise that since the eurozone crisis began, support for eurosceptic parties has risen across the European Union. But behind the noise from leaders such as Nigel Farage… Continue reading

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