European Union

Liam Fox pushed for a stronger position on Europe for the Conservative party today. Picture: Getty

Liam Fox’s attack on Foreign Office peeves former ambassador

10 December 2012 21:53

Liam Fox sparked a row with a former diplomat today after accusing the Foreign Office of an institutional bias towards…

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Salmond caught on the rock of Europe

10 December 2012 14:19

Europe, so often the rock on which Conservative hopes foundered, is now causing considerable trouble for Alex Salmond. The Scottish…

Tobias Ellwood's paper argues that Westminster politicians are poor at engaging with Brussels. Picture: Getty

Aide to Europe minister calls for Parliament to beef up its engagement with EU

3 December 2012 14:38

Another day, another paper by a Tory MP about Britain’s relationship with Europe. Except the latest paper, by Tobias Ellwood…

Downing Street feels that David Cameron has emerged well from the EU budget talks. Images: Getty

A satisfactory outcome at the EU budget talks for David Cameron

23 November 2012 16:24

So, the EU budget summit has — as expected — broken up without agreement. We await the date of the…

Prime Minister David Cameron Meets President Of The European Council Herman Van Rompuy

EU budget talks end

23 November 2012 15:59

The EU Budget discussions have ended with no agreement, as seemed inevitable after yesterday’s struggles and rows. David Cameron has been…

David Cameron speaking to the press yesterday. Image: Getty.

Europe’s new iron curtain

23 November 2012 10:39

The last 24 hours have yielded no agreement in Europe, and they have seen David Cameron’s ambitions decline (he appears…

Not as close as they seem... David Cameron and Angela Merkel look set to collide over the EU budget. Image: Getty.

David Cameron pulled every which way on Europe

19 November 2012 13:26

Another day, another set of newspapers full to bursting with pieces about Britain’s fractious relationship with the European Union –…

David Cameron and Angela Merkel discussing the EU budget on Wednesday. Picture: Getty

‘Cameron will not turn back’: EU budget summit under threat

9 November 2012 17:34

Will David Cameron be denied his veto moment after all? Brussels sources appear to think the European Union budget summit…

Angela Merkel told the European Parliament today that she could not imagine 'that the UK would not be part of Europe'. Picture: Getty

Angela Merkel: I can’t imagine UK quitting the EU

7 November 2012 19:17

David Cameron and Angela Merkel are eating dinner together tonight, over which they will discuss the forthcoming European Budget summit.…

Nigel Farage made the case for leaving the EU. Image: Getty

UKIP are being taken more seriously but they have got to cut out the unforced errors

4 November 2012 11:47

With UKIP regularly challenging the Liberal Democrats for third place in the polls, the party is now beginning to be…

David Cameron reassured MPs at today's Prime Minister's Questions that he would rather the EU budget were cut. Picture: Getty

David Cameron reassures MPs that he’d prefer a cut in EU budget

31 October 2012 13:31

The Prime Minister needed to reassure his own side at PMQs today on the EU budget and give his whips…

David Cameron after his last veto moment. Picture: Getty

Why David Cameron can threaten to veto the EU budget

30 October 2012 18:11

When in 1996 the US Congress threw out Bill Clinton’s Federal budget they precipitated a partial shutdown of the US…

Jacob Rees-Mogg has tabled an amendment to tomorrow's EU budget debate which the whips hope to use to deflate a big rebellion. Picture: Getty

Tory whips in a flap over EU budget rebellion deploy Rees-Mogg

30 October 2012 13:32

At this morning’s Cabinet meeting, ministers discussed tomorrow’s debate on the EU budget, which is shaping up to be a…

Tony Blair has suggested that part of a 'grand bargain' to revive the European Union could include an elected president. Picture: Getty

Tony Blair’s ‘Grand Bargain’ for Europe: elect a President

29 October 2012 17:24

Tony Blair gave a speech today in which he proposed a ‘Grand Bargain’ to revive the European Union. One of…

David Cameron needs to clarify that his personal desire would be for a cut in the EU budget, even if that is an unrealistic demand. Picture: Getty

Cameron outfoxed from right and left on EU budget

29 October 2012 12:18

David Cameron now appears to have been outfoxed by his own backbench and the Labour party on the European budget.…

David Cameron with Herman Van Rompuy, who he met last week to discuss the forthcoming EU budget summit. Picture: Getty

EU budget: Cameron’s leadership under pressure

29 October 2012 8:54

David Cameron is already irritating European leaders with his refusal to support any real-terms increases in the multi annual EU…

David Cameron may face problems trying to negotiate with the EU. Photo: Getty Images.

The Conservative renegotiation strategy

27 October 2012 9:00

In The Spectator this week, Charles Moore argued that David Cameron — despite his oft-stated desire to renegotiate the terms…

Angela Merkel knows she needs to display some impatience with David Cameron's demands on the EU Budget. Picture: Getty

The Brussels budget imbroglio

26 October 2012 16:35

The EU budget negotiation, now a month away, promises to be David Cameron’s next big European test. The Prime Minister…

David Cameron astonishes Herman van Rompuy by setting out an already well-reported position on the EU budget. Picture: Getty

Herman van Rompuy’s revelatory Downing Street lunch

25 October 2012 17:05

David Cameron had lunch with Herman van Rompuy in Downing Street today to discuss the UK’s position on the EU…

David Cameron speaks to reporters as he arrives in Brussels for the European Council meeting. Picture: Getty

Cameron irked on Europe as backbenchers rattle the referendum cage

22 October 2012 17:00

Throughout his statement on the European Council, David Cameron seemed slightly irritated. One sensed that the headlines of the last…

John Dalli resigned as EU commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy. Picture: Getty

The EU commissioner who resigned on the grounds he was innocent

21 October 2012 19:07

I don’t suppose too many Coffee House readers will have noticed, but the EU is currently without a dedicated health commissioner. This…

David Cameron in Brussels for today's EU summit. Picture: Getty

David Cameron’s EU dilemma

19 October 2012 18:06

David Cameron is determined to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s EU membership. But to get a good deal and to…

Theresa May today announced government plans to opt-out of 130 EU law and order measures. Picture: Getty

The Home Office hokey-cokey on EU law and order opt-outs

15 October 2012 18:19

Yvette Cooper was in a stern mood this afternoon when she responded to the Home Secretary’s announcement about plans to…

David Cameron and Theresa May have big weeks ahead of them when it comes to European issues. Picture: Getty

David Cameron’s big European week

15 October 2012 8:41

David Cameron’s plan for this autumn was to largely avoid the topic of Europe at his party’s conference, then to…

The award of the Nobel prize has not hidden the EU's existential strain; if anything, it has exposed it further.

The Nobel Prize’s EU joke prompts questions about the nation state

12 October 2012 16:38

The award of the Nobel Prize to the European Union is a tremendous joke; and like all great jokes it…