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European Union

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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Eurozone Debt Crisis - General Imagery

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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This little piggy went to market. Image: Getty

Piggies in the middle: why we need to have confidence in our food labelling systems

19 September 2013 13:49

Just 9 months after the horsemeat scandal revealed that products labelled as beef did, in fact, contain horsemeat, one might have expected the food standards authority to have cracked down… Continue reading

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'Bedroom tax' report

The EU and UN have made fools of themselves

11 September 2013 21:33

Today has not been a good day for multinational organisations. Both the European Union and the United Nations have made fools of themselves. José Manuel Barroso’s claim that a European… Continue reading

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An exploratory shale oil drilling site. (FRANCOIS BECKER/AFP/Getty Images)

The EU is being used to put the brakes on shale

8 August 2013 17:33

It is beginning to dawn on Westminster just how much shale Britain has. The Bowland Basin — which runs from Nottingham and Scarborough in the east to Wrexham and Blackpool… Continue reading

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Bikers for Britain has launched today, to get a better deal from the EU for motorcyclists.

Why bikers need a better deal from the EU

8 August 2013 13:25

Since I was elected to Parliament in 2010, I have taken every opportunity to push back against the EU’s move towards ever closer union. I have also been a long-time… Continue reading

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The wrong choice for Britain’s EU ambassador

5 August 2013 18:36

David Cameron is committed to an EU referendum if he’s still Prime Minister after the next election. We also know that he’d like to lead the ‘In’ side if he… Continue reading

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David Goodhart tells David Cameron how to tackle immigration by reforming the EU

31 July 2013 9:41

Much, if not all, of the discussion about immigration in recent days has barely mentioned migration from the European Union, which, given the scale of such migration, was an oversight.… Continue reading

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We can’t talk about immigration without talking about the EU

27 July 2013 13:37

Harrods and The Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London don’t strike one as natural bedfellows. But they are both up in arms about the government’s immigration policies. Harrods is… Continue reading

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A picture of the Bulgarian bus bomb, carried out by Hezbollah. Getty Images

The EU fails to ban Hezbollah

23 July 2013 20:34

As though the sunny weather and the royal baby were not enough, here comes yet more good news. The European Union has finally banned the military wing of Hezbollah. This is… Continue reading

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Britain and Brussels: what the Foreign Office found

22 July 2013 23:04

It’s always wise when looking at the European Union to imagine that you’re an alien (it’s the sort of thing MEPs probably do on away days, anyway) coming to the… Continue reading

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David Cameron on another chilly walk into the EU budget talks. Picture: Getty

EU 2014 Budget: good and bad news for David Cameron

26 June 2013 20:44

In February, David Cameron managed to rally of group of likeminded countries to agree a historic cut to the EU’s long-term budget. However, due to the maddening complexities involved in… Continue reading

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European parliament

Conservative members send ministers EU reform shopping list

25 June 2013 16:49

David Cameron will come under increasing pressure in the next few months to publish his ‘shopping list’ of reforms he wants from a renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with Europe. Even… Continue reading

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Ken Clarke has drawn a line in the Europe debate between those who are interested in the possible and those who aren't. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Ken Clarke the pragmatist suspends his pugilism over EU

18 June 2013 14:29

It’s said that Ken Clarke would cross a motorway to pick a fight with a political opponent. His aggression is one reason why he thrived (eventually) under Mrs Thatcher: ambulance… Continue reading

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Ken Clarke

Ken Clarke reignites What Would Thatcher Do? to argue for an ‘In’ referendum vote

18 June 2013 8:59

Those cracking jokes about bears visiting the woods following Ken Clarke’s latest warning about the dangers of Britain leaving the EU miss the point. The former Chancellor and Minister without… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

Conservatives to take Labour and Lib Dem MPs with them to EU renegotiation talks

12 June 2013 10:47

Tories preparing the ground for David Cameron’s renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with Europe are to take MPs from other parties with them as they visit European cities, Coffee House has… Continue reading

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Solar panels are just another example of Brussels’ wrong priorities

7 June 2013 11:19

Over the years, Brussels has become adept at dishing out heavy-handed and often disproportionate pan-EU ‘solutions’ to problems that are very often not problems for the majority of Member States.… Continue reading

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