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Lord Lawson is wrong that change in the EU is impossible

8 May 2013 10:48

In its present form, the EU serves British interests very poorly. The time has come for us to finally take matters into our own hands. But I don’t agree with… Continue reading

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Margot James, one of the members of the newly-appointed policy board, defended the Prime Minister's ability to renegotiate Britain's membership of the EU. Picture: Getty

European debate returns to Tory MP vs Tory MP

7 May 2013 14:02

One of the inevitable consequences of Lord Lawson’s announcement that he’d vote ‘No’ in an EU referendum is that the ideological divides over Europe in the Tory party are starting… Continue reading

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Lord Lawson watching a Wimbledon tennis match. The former Chancellor doubts any Prime Minister could win in the latest round of EU renegotiations. Picture: Getty

Lord Lawson doubts David Cameron’s EU power

7 May 2013 8:49

The most damaging element of Lord Lawson’s intervention on Europe in today’s Times is not so much his decision that the facts have changed and that he would vote to… Continue reading

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Meeting of Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France at the Field of the Cloth of Gold outside Calais in 1520.

Brendan Simms: A strong, united Europe is in Britain’s interest

2 May 2013 12:25

Since the collapse of the Byzantine Empire, European history has been dominated by two themes: the centrality of Germany and the primacy of foreign policy. This is the argument of… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage On The UKIP Campaign Trail

Did MI6 plot against UKIP?

30 April 2013 16:34

Dirty tricks against UKIP by the establishment are not a new phenomenon. Though in recent days the Conservative party have been found engaging in them, there are far more striking… Continue reading

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Ken Clarke

Ken Clarke: decent chap, but wrong about everything

29 April 2013 13:29

Kenneth Clarke has always seemed, to me, a decent sort. By far the most likeable and least lordly and arrogant of those Euro-wanking wets who plagued Thatcher and, later, Major.… Continue reading

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A protestor carries a Serbian flag at a protest against the recognition of Kosovo as an independent state. Image: PA

Who stands to gain from the Kosovo-Serbia deal? The EU

26 April 2013 14:20

Britain’s very own EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Cathy Ashton, has not had a terribly good press after a report from the European Parliament said her department… Continue reading

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A horse on display at a horse market in Poland. Image: Getty

After the bute revelation, what’s the government doing to prevent another horsemeat scandal?

11 April 2013 16:47

When shadow Defra minister, Mary Creagh, first raised the possibility four months ago that the veterinary drug phenylbutazone – aka bute – might be found in horsemeat in supermarket products… Continue reading

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David Cameron speaking at an event earlier today. Picture: Getty

Cameron confident of common ground with Merkel

11 April 2013 16:33

David Cameron is setting off with his children to visit Angela Merkel on Friday. It’s part of his EU reform mission that started and was thrown off course on Monday… Continue reading

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European Union Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn talks to the media during a press conference today. Picture: Getty

Olli Rehn bosses George Osborne around

10 April 2013 20:32

Olli Rehn, the European Commissioner who is in charge of economic affairs, called in the Brussels press corps this afternoon to announce the conclusion of his ‘in-depth review of the… Continue reading

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David Cameron has a round of meetings this week with European leaders. Picture: Getty

David Cameron makes the case for reform in Europe

8 April 2013 8:55

Germany has elections on the way, Spain is just about holding a lid on its economic crisis while keeping a wary eye on the uphill struggle that its neighbour Portugal… Continue reading

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The taxpayer needs to cut his losses on Baroness Ashton's £400,000 retirement salary. Photo: Getty Images.

Has the taxpayer received bang for buck from Baroness Ashton?

7 April 2013 21:57

A great deal of fuss is being made about Baroness Ashton’s retirement salary. She leaves her ludicrous post as High Representative for Foreign Affairs at the European Union next year… Continue reading

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Conservative MPs want enabling legislation for an EU referendum bill in this May's Queen's Speech. Picture: Getty

Over 100 Tory MPs demand EU referendum bill: exclusive details

2 April 2013 12:04

Tory backbenchers have written again to the Prime Minister demanding legislation guaranteeing a referendum in the next Parliament. Conservative MP John Baron delivered the letter, which bears more than 100… Continue reading

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It seems a long time since David Cameron's EU referendum speech: MPs are now demanding something more. Picture: Getty

Momentum grows for EU referendum bill

25 March 2013 9:34

One other area besides immigration where Tory MPs want their leader to go further than he feels he can is, unsurprisingly, Europe. There is growing pressure within the party for… Continue reading

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Cypriot protestors wave banners during a demonstration against the EU bailout deal. Picture: Getty

What will it take to keep Cyprus in the euro?

19 March 2013 20:43

How will the eurozone respond to the Cypriot parliament’s overwhelming rejection of the bank deposit levy? There are only a few days in which to make a deal before the… Continue reading

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Cyprus: This isn’t a tax, it’s a bank raid

18 March 2013 15:52

You know this levy on Cyprus bank deposits? It’s not a levy. A levy is a kind of tax, and what is happening to the people with bank deposits in… Continue reading

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Lynton Crosby

Tory pressure for EU referendum bill grows

11 March 2013 16:58

David Cameron and Lynton Crosby are holding a meeting with Conservative MPs this week to discuss 2015 strategy, I understand. The party held a similar meeting with Andrew Cooper in… Continue reading

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Germany realises the limits of the EU project

7 March 2013 12:01

Britain isn’t the only country whose politicians are getting just a little bit jittery about an increase in Bulgarian and Romanian migrants. In this week’s Spectator, Rod Liddle examines the… Continue reading

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What the government must do to prepare for Romanian and Bulgarian migrants

22 February 2013 17:13

Ministers and MPs are nervous about a mass influx of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants putting the benefit system under strain next year. But ministers should beware, and learn from the political mistakes… Continue reading

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Horsemeat for sale in a French butchers last week. Image: Getty

Horsemeat scandal: four key questions

17 February 2013 10:35

The ongoing horsemeat scandal has opened up a hugely complicated web stretching across the EU, highlighting the difficulty of tracing the origins of the meat on sale in this country.… Continue reading

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The horsemeat in British food could come from Mexico. Picture: Getty

Owen Paterson worried by risks of Mexican horsemeat in British food

13 February 2013 16:43

The horsemeat scandal illustrates just how much of our daily government now takes place in Brussels. Owen Paterson is heading there today, for any real action on this crisis will… Continue reading

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Cameron is trying to paint himself as a Galileo-style EU heretic. Picture: Carla Millar

Victorious PM paints himself as Camileo the EU heretic

8 February 2013 18:30

In his victory address after the successful EU Budget deal this afternoon, David Cameron sought to paint himself once again as a Galileo-style EU heretic who spoke truth to power.… Continue reading

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

EU budget victory: What does Cameron do next?

8 February 2013 16:11

The Haribo they were eating all night clearly worked: European leaders have just agreed on the first budget cut since the EU’s formation. All credit to David Cameron for getting… Continue reading

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David Cameron meets with key allies as EU Budget talks get underway. Picture: Getty

Historic EU Budget cut on the cards for Cameron

8 February 2013 9:25

EU leaders have just left their negotiations over the EU budget for a two hour break and so far it’s looking very, very positive for the Prime Minister. Perhaps David… Continue reading

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David Cameron arrives at the European Council summit in Brussels. Picture: Getty

Cameron in tight spot as he refuses to budge on EU Budget

7 February 2013 18:40

David Cameron caused a stir today by walking, yes, walking, into the meeting of European leaders in Brussels to discussed the multiannual financial framework. Other leaders arrived in their cars.… Continue reading

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