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Cameron softens his stance on Europe — but who benefits?

30 January 2012 16:12

‘We will insist that the EU institutions — the court, the commission — that they work for all 27 nations of the EU.’ So said David Cameron, back in December,… Continue reading

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Greece is still the word ahead of today’s eurosummit

30 January 2012 9:14

How about this for a claim by Nicolas Sarkozy, made in a TV appearance yesterday? ‘Europe is no longer at the edge of the cliff.’ It’s quite some statement, so… Continue reading

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Dave in Davos

26 January 2012 14:50

Reading Cameron’s speech to the suits in Davos, one thing stands out: he’s in no mood to stop ‘lecturing’ the eurozone, as Nicolas Sarkozy would put it. The whole thing… Continue reading

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Would Iran block the Strait of Hormuz?

24 January 2012 14:42

With the EU agreeing a new round of sanctions on Iran – outlawing European oil and gas purchases from Iran in six months, freezing Iran’s Central Bank and banning trade… Continue reading

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A Chris Huhne prediction that didn’t come true

23 January 2012 18:44

Chris Huhne attacked David Cameron for the EU veto in Cabinet back in December. At the time, one Cabinet minister told me that part of Huhne’s critique was that Cameron… Continue reading

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Welcome, Croatia

23 January 2012 12:28

Croatia’s EU referendum was overwhelming — more than two-thirds of voters favoured the young state’s accession to the European Union. This is an important moment. For it shows that another… Continue reading

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Would Spain stop Scotland from joining the EU?

12 January 2012 16:29

Alex Salmond’s case for independence relies on Scotland joining the European Union. If an independent Scotland was a member of the EU, then Scotland would be part of the single… Continue reading

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A taxing kind of spin

10 January 2012 17:15

The story being briefed out of the year’s first Franco-German Summit is that President Nicolas Sarkozy won the backing of Chancellor Angela Merkel for a tax on financial transactions, a… Continue reading

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European integration that we can get behind

1 January 2012 12:56

Part of the magic of the New Year’s Day concert from the Vienna Philharmonic is knowing that millions are watching the same event live, right throughout Europe. It’s perhaps the… Continue reading

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How democracy fared in 2011

31 December 2011 10:59

Even before we were a month in, 2011 was an historic year. Principally because in a region of the world where governments shift through military coup or foreign intervention, dictators… Continue reading

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The latest act in Europe’s comic opera

19 December 2011 22:25

If it was not all so serious, the efforts to save the single currency would be worthy of a comic opera: the Germans could compose the score, the Italians could… Continue reading

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Rudd’s straw man argument about our EU membership

19 December 2011 15:12

As the isolation hysteria over Cameron’s EU veto starts to fade, attention is now shifting to the more existential question of what kind of relationship the UK should have with… Continue reading

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Another sign of coalition splits over Europe

17 December 2011 10:42

Coalition tensions over Europe are again threatening to be the story this morning. Nick Clegg has told The Guardian’s Patrick Wintour that Britain has ‘signalled we are happy for them… Continue reading

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Clegg tries to rebuild EU bridges

16 December 2011 12:20

What are the Lib Dems up to? On Tuesday, Clegg, Cable, Alexander, Huhne and Laws met with ‘Business for New Europe’, a group of pro-European business leaders, in what the… Continue reading

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The veto arguments rumble on

15 December 2011 18:19

The Times has a very interesting story (£) today on page 17. It claims that David Cameron had agreed to inform Nick Clegg if it appeared that Britain was going… Continue reading

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Was the PM reasonable?

13 December 2011 18:28

As the effects of last week’s European Council become clear, debate about the rights and wrongs of David Cameron’s diplomacy hinge on one question: were his demands ‘reasonable and modestly… Continue reading

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Clegg ducks Cameron’s conciliatory speech

12 December 2011 17:59

The text of David Cameron’s statement on the European Summit was clearly designed as balm for the coalition’s wounds. He devoted a large chunk of it to defending Britain’s membership… Continue reading

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Good news from Brussels

12 December 2011 17:00

While the debate over Europe rumbles on, it’s worth highlighting one bright spot in the OBR’s recent document of doom which has largely slipped past Westminster’s radar: by their forecasts,… Continue reading

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Expect today’s eurosceptic celebrations to be muted

12 December 2011 14:11

The real Tory celebration of David Cameron’s veto will be on Wednesday. Then, behind closed doors, Cameron will address the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers. With no Lib Dems present,… Continue reading

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Europe is the story again

8 December 2011 0:05

Today was one of those days when we saw just how divisive the European issue can be to the Conservative party. The sight of Malcolm Rifkind and Nadine Dorries treating… Continue reading

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Ed the arch-bungler lets Cameron off the ropes

7 December 2011 16:05

Ed Miliband had an open goal today. And he whacked it straight over the bar. Cameron was in trouble from the start. Having placated the rebel wing of his party… Continue reading

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Owen Paterson: A referendum on the EU is inevitable

7 December 2011 14:34

It is becoming increasingly clear what the Conservative party expects of its Prime Minister. If he is going to agree to 17 eurozone countries pushing ahead with the Franco-German plan… Continue reading

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Merkel’s fiscal union won’t solve the euro’s problems

2 December 2011 13:15

Few people have been as vindicated about the failings of the euro as Marty Feldstein, who was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Reagan. In 1997 he wrote… Continue reading

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Iran lashes out

1 December 2011 9:15

The pressure is piling up on Iran – from below, as people demand greater freedoms; from the region, where Iran is about to lose its one ally, Syria, to a… Continue reading

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Meanwhile, in Europe…

29 November 2011 18:09

There probably hasn’t been a meeting of European finance ministers as important as the one tonight. The euro is still at risk; with new governments in Spain, Italy, and Greece… Continue reading

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