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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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Why William Hague’s ‘red card’ plan won’t work

1 June 2013 11:54

Alas, now we know William Hague has joined the list – and it’s a long list – of British government ministers who do not understand how the European Union works.… Continue reading

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William Hague’s EU red card plan could reassure renegotiation sceptics

31 May 2013 16:54

The Conservatives know that the best way of detracting from the binary In/Out? debate about Europe in the Westminster bubble is to jolly well get on with making the case… Continue reading

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We are all citizens of Europe now, and the benefits row is just the beginning

31 May 2013 11:42

Yes, that law case the European Commission is taking against the UK is mission creep, or ‘a blatant land grab’ as Iain Duncan Smith has it. The eurocrats are trying… Continue reading

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European Commission makes the case for curtailing its own power

30 May 2013 9:22

If anyone pushing for reform of Britain’s relationship with Europe was hunting for an example of why there needs to be a renegotiation, they would have struggled to find a… Continue reading

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Will the EU’s rescinding of the Syrian arms embargo have any impact?

28 May 2013 13:37

The EU has said it will not renew an arms embargo on Syria which ends this Saturday. That should pave the way for countries wanting to arm the rebels, something… Continue reading

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The EU’s cut-out-and-keep economic timetable

27 May 2013 17:33

This morning two European Commission technocrats and a spokesman held an off-the-record press briefing to explain the EU’s economic ‘governance.’ (Governance is the word eurocrats use instead of the more… Continue reading

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Pierre Poujade addresses his troops. Picture: Getty

UKIP, Pierre Poujade and a political class that’s seen to be “out-of-touch”.

20 May 2013 15:49

Parliament is a “brothel”. The state is an enterprise of “thieves” engaged in a conspiracy against “the good little people” and the “humble housewife”. Time, then, for a party that… Continue reading

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David Cameron needs to work out what exactly it is that he wants from negotiations with EU leaders. Picture: Getty

What does Cameron actually want back from Brussels?

16 May 2013 17:21

If you ask what’s the problem with David Cameron’s European strategy, a cacophony of voices strike up. But it seems to me that most of their complaints are tactical when… Continue reading

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Could the the EU referendum affect the Scottish vote? Image: Getty

Will an EU referendum kill the Scottish independence referendum?

9 May 2013 13:18

The UK faces two referendums about its future, not one.  As well as David Cameron’s promised ‘proper’ referendum on the UK’s relationship with the European Union, there is also the… Continue reading

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'Mrs Thatcher’s finance minister, who is the father of such a good cookbook author'.

The euro-elite responds to Nigel Lawson’s ‘dinosaur argument’

8 May 2013 16:24

I’ve just come from a briefing with a European Union official. He was asked whether Lord Lawson’s call for Britain to leave the EU was a ‘dinosaur argument.’ In response, the… Continue reading

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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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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: 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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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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