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Merkel heads to the G8

18 May 2012 19:10

I doubt that Angela Merkel is looking forward to the G8 summit very much. It will mostly consist of the…

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The View from 22: Greece is burning

17 May 2012 9:42

The upcoming Greek elections will push the nation into a confrontation with the European authorities, reports Faisal Islam, the economics…

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Basel III and the EU’s strange desire not to compete

15 May 2012 18:27

Greece is the centre of European attention, but as George Osborne met with other EU finance ministers today there was…

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Greece is still the word

15 May 2012 9:20

Remember when Europe’s leaders were basically saying, ‘Don’t worry, it’s all sorted’? Remember when they were putting out communiqués that…

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The View from 22: Will the riots return?

10 May 2012 11:03

We haven’t done enough to prevent the riots of last summer happening again, says Simon Marcus in this week’s cover…

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Why the Tories are shaping up for an EU referendum

10 May 2012 9:05

An EU referendum pledge in the next Tory manifesto is ‘basically, a certainty’ according to one of those most closely…

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Hollande, Cameron and the 21st arrondissement

7 May 2012 10:18

While David Cameron has good cause to be glad of Sarkozy’s defeat, he has even better cause to be nervous…

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How to get around the EU (and weed smokers)

2 May 2012 16:31

The Dutch government has just banned foreigners from the country’s ‘coffee-shops’ — aka, cannabis cafés. Given how often we’re told…

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The Eurocrisis persists

24 April 2012 13:52

Holland and Hollande; they’re the non-identical twins that are causing palpitations across Europe today. Holland, because the country’s Prime Minister…

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Encouraging signs from talks with Iran

16 April 2012 9:18

The weekend’s six power talks with the Iranians about their nuclear programme were more fruitful than many, including I, expected.…

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Ed Davey’s ‘pro-European’ claim has Tory ministers fuming

4 April 2012 16:28

There’s barely disguised fury among Conservative ministers about Ed Davey’s claim that the coalition may well be more pro-European than…

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How do you solve a problem like Baroness Ashton?

20 March 2012 13:44

Baroness Ashton has managed a return to diplomatic form by comparing the murder yesterday of three children and a Rabbi…

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What Europe thinks

13 March 2012 15:34

Who thinks what about the European Union? We’ve covered the European Commission’s own polling on the matter before now, which…

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Cameron’s Human Rights quandry

12 March 2012 18:03

The combination of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights is, I predict, going…

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The role of Baroness Ashton

10 March 2012 10:13

Recent reports have suggested that David Cameron is interested in swapping Cathy Ashton’s job as the EU’s high representative for…

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Europe is being strangled by the Franco-German alliance

2 March 2012 11:34

David Cameron’s complaints at last night’s EU meeting about the lack of a growth agenda have, in part, been addressed…

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Imagine if Cameron hadn’t vetoed…

1 March 2012 18:21

When David Cameron headed to Brussels last December, it was far from certain that he would veto the proposed treaty.…

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Europe’s latest tonic could worsen Osborne’s political problems

26 February 2012 9:57

Seems that the latest plan to fix the eurozone involves cooking up a pot of alphabet soup. Over in Mexico,…

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The hurdles facing Greece

21 February 2012 19:00

Greece’s problems are far from over. As Pete said this morning, the €130 billion bailout hardly means the country is…

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From the archives: Why England and France will never be best friends

17 February 2012 18:15

To mark David Cameron’s get-together with Nicolas Sarkozy today, we’ve dug up this essay from the Spectator archives by Lord…

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Bailout country

16 February 2012 11:48

With the political wrangling over another Greek bailout continuing today, we thought CoffeeHousers might care to read (or re-read) Faisal…

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The steady erosion of Greek democracy

15 February 2012 17:35

The longer this Greek crisis goes on, the clearer the various agendas at play are becoming. As the Greek finance…

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Will Germany let Greece stay in the euro?

13 February 2012 12:35

The German government is split on the biggest policy question of the day, according to the FT’s German edition. As…

Size Matters: Dysfunctional Government Edition

8 February 2012 18:57

Via Andrew, Francis Fukuyama has a new gig at Stanford University running a Governance Project. Introducing it, he lobs a…

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Ignore the European Court and deport Abu Qatada tonight

7 February 2012 13:24

The Al-Qaeda preacher Abu Qatada is a Jordanian national who is in the UK illegally (having come here in 1993…