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Nick Clegg Gives A Speech On Britain In Europe

Why Nick Clegg is so keen to pick a fight with Nigel Farage

17 February 2014 18:50

Before the European Elections in May, don’t expect either David Cameron or Ed MIliband to engage with Nigel Farage. Both the Tory and Labour leaders think that the best strategy… Continue reading

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Jose Manuel Barroso: “Extremely difficult, if not impossible” for a separate Scotland to join the EU

16 February 2014 14:48

Jose Manuel Barroso has said before that Scotland would have to apply separately to join the EU if it became independent. But his remarks today on the Andrew Marr Show… Continue reading

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President Barack Obama and European leaders. Image: Getty

What the US really thinks about Europe (and why it might help push reform)

7 February 2014 10:00

Whether it wants to or not, Washington has a role to play in the UK’s EU debate. Eurosceptics and Europhiles constantly wrangle over what the US position is on Brexit,… Continue reading

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Excitable media reports give the impression that there is only type of protestor in Ukraine. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

The media’s not giving us the full picture of Ukraine

27 January 2014 17:31

Much as was the case with Syria, and to a lesser degree Egypt, I wonder if we are getting a true picture of the mood within Ukraine on our excitable… Continue reading

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Is it now India's turn to produce a Marie Curie figure? (Photo: AFP/Getty)

George Osborne: Britain is better off in a reformed EU

15 January 2014 13:48

George Osborne’s speech to the Open Europe conference this morning was billed as the Chancellor taking a tough guy stance with European leaders, demanding that they reform or see their… Continue reading

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Britain needs its own idea for imagining a new relationship with the EU. Photo: Getty Images.

The British option – a business proposal for EU renegotiation

14 January 2014 11:31

Announcing the Balance of Competences review in July 2012, in which the Government launched a consultation of Britain’s membership of the EU, William Hague told MPs that ‘we must take… Continue reading

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Viviane Reding, secret UKIP supporter?

10 January 2014 12:34

Viviane Reding’s criticism of David Cameron’s concerns about immigration show how completely out of touch she is with voters. Reding, the Vice-President of the European Commission, is reported to have… Continue reading

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Have your say on the EU

9 January 2014 14:23

The EU commission office in London was kind enough to send me this, a warmup for a ‘town-hall style meeting’ on the part of the Vice-President of the Commission, Viviane… Continue reading

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There is more to immigration than GDP figures. (Image: Getty)

Economists – the scourge of mankind

3 January 2014 11:31

Are there any disciplines on earth as hyped-up and overrated as economics? Every subject depends to some extent on others; you can’t, for example, understand history without a bit of… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s confusing New Year warning

31 December 2013 11:03

In the autumn Nick Clegg annoyed some in the Labour party by telling his conference that ‘Labour would wreck the recovery’ and that ‘the Conservatives would give us the wrong… Continue reading

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The ugly, cynical EU immigration debate

28 December 2013 14:51

Tristram Hunt, Shadow Education Secretary, is an intelligent and articulate individual but like everyone in politics, has the handicap of having to square his views with the record and policies… Continue reading

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PM pushes for stricter immigration controls in Brussels

20 December 2013 9:23

The Prime Minister is in Brussels today, trying to drum up support for stricter immigration controls on new countries joining the European Union. How much traction this gains will tell… Continue reading

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The English probably regard immigrants from Anglophone nations like Australia as a more exotic version of the Welsh. But immigrants from Tunisia are a different matter altogether.

Immigration is about culture as well as politics

18 December 2013 12:38

Must say, I felt a bit defensive when I looked at the tables of origin for immigrants to Britain for the decades to 2011, helpfully set out in  The Daily… Continue reading

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Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

Our criminal justice system is institutionally racist, surely?

15 December 2013 21:32

I think this following quote, from the Romanian ambassador Ion Jinga, may go down as my favourite of the year: ‘In their overwhelming majority, Romanians in the UK are well… Continue reading

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The EU is corrupt because southern Europe is corrupt

6 December 2013 14:47

What with Britain’s dreadful performance in the PISA educational rankings, there has been comparatively little attention given to another international league table– Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. The good news… Continue reading

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NOTW Journalists Appear At The Leveson Inquiry

Horror in the corridors of the Observer

2 December 2013 9:46

Absolutely fascinating double page spread in The Observer yesterday which suggests that the UK is ‘sleepwalking’ towards an exit from the European Union. My only quibble with the piece is… Continue reading

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Sir John Major has been doing a lot of talking recently.

Ground control to Major John

29 November 2013 11:32

Sir John Major was beginning to make a habit of embarrassing Downing Street: by suggesting windfall taxes on energy companies and denouncing private school cliques. But he was on his… Continue reading

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UKBA's £13M in adverse legal fees

Net migration is bogus. Gross migration is what affects communities

28 November 2013 22:46

Just over half a million people migrated to the UK in the year to June. And half a million the year before – actually, it was 517,000, but let’s not quibble.… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

David Cameron: The tide of ideas and opinion is going in my direction on EU reform

27 November 2013 15:30

David Cameron’s restrictions on welfare for new migrants have pleased Tory backbenchers – but not enough for them to drop their Commons campaign for the transitional immigration controls to be… Continue reading

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Who was surprised by the Mail’s immigration poll?

23 November 2013 12:23

Was any one actually surprised by the splash on immigration in yesterday’s Daily Mail? Its poll (of 1,027 people by Harris/Daily Mail) suggests that nearly two thirds of people think that… Continue reading

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A Transmission Tower Collapses In Sichuan

There’s no point in just outsourcing our CO2 emissions

16 November 2013 18:59

The global warming question is back on the political agenda with David Cameron likening cutting greenhouse gas emissions to house insurance. His argument is that if there’s a risk that… Continue reading

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Visar Arifaj, Legendary President of Kosovo's Party of the Strong. (Image: Party of the Strong)

Visar Arifaj is Kosovo’s answer to Borat and Beppe Grillo – only funny

4 November 2013 8:49

Kosovo held regional elections over the weekend…and it rather looks as if the Serbs in the north of the country, in Mitrovica, stayed away in droves, notwithstanding the instructions from Belgrade… Continue reading

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Perfidious Brussels

16 October 2013 17:25

The European Commission, having done nothing about recent Spanish sabre rattling over the self-determination of Gibraltar, has launched a full investigation into the Gibraltarian tax system. And who heads up… Continue reading

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David Cameron with Abdullah Gul, the President of Turkey, in 2011. (Dan Kitwood/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s stated aim of getting Turkey to join the EU is mad

14 October 2013 15:43

Rather to my embarrassment, I find that I missed last night’s episode of the BBC2 three-part series on The Ottomans, Europe’s Muslim Conquerors, in which I briefly featured. So Heaven… Continue reading

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Some of the boats which were shipwrecked off Lampedusa. Image: Getty

The Lampedusa hypocrisy: Italy prefers its migrants dead on arrival

10 October 2013 12:53

Italy has held a day of national mourning in memory of those who died in the 3 October disaster off Lampedusa. The victims – mostly from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria – were… Continue reading

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