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Breaking: Cameron postpones Europe speech

17 January 2013 18:37

David Cameron has postponed his speech on the European Union because of the hostage situation in Algeria where a standoff has been taking place in a gas plant in the… Continue reading


Fresh Start’s EU powers threat could focus the mind

16 January 2013 9:00

It is always an understatement to say that David Cameron can’t possibly satisfy his party with his Europe speech this week: the reason being that there is no one unified… Continue reading

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No 10 has intensive work ahead to prevent Tory criticism drowning out Cameron’s EU speech

14 January 2013 16:36

The date of David Cameron’s Europe speech has been moved yet again. But this time it has been pulled forward, to this Friday. Downing Street realised that they weren’t going… Continue reading

David Cameron leaving the Brussels summit where he exercised his 'veto' in 2011. Picture: Getty

What David Cameron plans to say in his Europe speech

9 January 2013 17:57

David Cameron’s big Europe speech is now less than a fortnight away. It will be, I suspect, the most consequential speech of his premiership. When you look at the challenges… Continue reading

David Cameron on a visit this week. Today he said he didn't bicker with Nick Clegg in private. Picture: Getty

In a preview of David Cameron’s 2013, Europe dominates his New Year interview

6 January 2013 10:33

David Cameron’s New Year interview on Marr was dominated not by the economy but by Europe. In a sign of what the promise of a speech setting out his European… Continue reading

Surely it is time to lower the flag of the corrupt EU in these islands? Image: Getty

When will the government confront the EU?

4 January 2013 17:33

Here is a story that should have got far more attention. A story that perfectly epitomises the corruption and anti-democratic activity of the EU. In 2010 the group NGO Monitor… Continue reading

Jacques Delors has been one of the advocates of offering Britain a looser union with Europe. Picture: Getty

A new EU membership for Britain: second-class or sensible?

31 December 2012 11:09

Becoming a ‘second-class’ member of the European Union doesn’t sound awfully appealing on first glance at today’s Times story. But the ‘associate membership’ being considered by the Union of European… Continue reading

David Cameron and Angela Merkel at the most recent EU summit. The German Chancellor has said she can't imagine the EU without the UK. Picture: Getty

David Cameron needn’t fear renegotiating Britain’s relationship with the EU

27 December 2012 11:50

Nick Clegg has made a not-so-startling intervention in the debate about Britain’s relationship with Europe today, warning that Britain must avoid selling itself short in a renegotiation. His interview with… Continue reading

Liam Fox pushed for a stronger position on Europe for the Conservative party today. Picture: Getty

Liam Fox’s attack on Foreign Office peeves former ambassador

10 December 2012 21:53

Liam Fox sparked a row with a former diplomat today after accusing the Foreign Office of an institutional bias towards greater integration with the European Union. The former Defence Secretary… Continue reading

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Salmond caught on the rock of Europe

10 December 2012 14:19

Europe, so often the rock on which Conservative hopes foundered, is now causing considerable trouble for Alex Salmond. The Scottish First Minister has long campaigned for Scottish separation under the… Continue reading

Tobias Ellwood's paper argues that Westminster politicians are poor at engaging with Brussels. Picture: Getty

Aide to Europe minister calls for Parliament to beef up its engagement with EU

3 December 2012 14:38

Another day, another paper by a Tory MP about Britain’s relationship with Europe. Except the latest paper, by Tobias Ellwood for think tank Open Europe, is actually not so much… Continue reading

Downing Street feels that David Cameron has emerged well from the EU budget talks. Images: Getty

A satisfactory outcome at the EU budget talks for David Cameron

23 November 2012 16:24

So, the EU budget summit has — as expected — broken up without agreement. We await the date of the next discussion of the matter. But for the moment it… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron Meets President Of The European Council Herman Van Rompuy

EU budget talks end

23 November 2012 15:59

The EU Budget discussions have ended with no agreement, as seemed inevitable after yesterday’s struggles and rows. David Cameron has been copping a lot of flak for his intransigence, particularly from… Continue reading

David Cameron speaking to the press yesterday. Image: Getty.

Europe’s new iron curtain

23 November 2012 10:39

The last 24 hours have yielded no agreement in Europe, and they have seen David Cameron’s ambitions decline (he appears resigned to the fact that EU spending will not be… Continue reading

Not as close as they seem... David Cameron and Angela Merkel look set to collide over the EU budget. Image: Getty.

David Cameron pulled every which way on Europe

19 November 2012 13:26

Another day, another set of newspapers full to bursting with pieces about Britain’s fractious relationship with the European Union – all of which, in their way, will unnerve David Cameron.… Continue reading

David Cameron and Angela Merkel discussing the EU budget on Wednesday. Picture: Getty

‘Cameron will not turn back’: EU budget summit under threat

9 November 2012 17:34

Will David Cameron be denied his veto moment after all? Brussels sources appear to think the European Union budget summit on 22 and 23 November could still be cancelled. A… Continue reading

Angela Merkel told the European Parliament today that she could not imagine 'that the UK would not be part of Europe'. Picture: Getty

Angela Merkel: I can’t imagine UK quitting the EU

7 November 2012 19:17

David Cameron and Angela Merkel are eating dinner together tonight, over which they will discuss the forthcoming European Budget summit. The discussion may make even the sweetest crème brûlée taste… Continue reading

Nigel Farage made the case for leaving the EU. Image: Getty

UKIP are being taken more seriously but they have got to cut out the unforced errors

4 November 2012 11:47

With UKIP regularly challenging the Liberal Democrats for third place in the polls, the party is now beginning to be treated with the seriousness it deserves. In an interview on… Continue reading

David Cameron reassured MPs at today's Prime Minister's Questions that he would rather the EU budget were cut. Picture: Getty

David Cameron reassures MPs that he’d prefer a cut in EU budget

31 October 2012 13:31

The Prime Minister needed to reassure his own side at PMQs today on the EU budget and give his whips something to work with. He largely did that, saying almost… Continue reading

David Cameron after his last veto moment. Picture: Getty

Why David Cameron can threaten to veto the EU budget

30 October 2012 18:11

When in 1996 the US Congress threw out Bill Clinton’s Federal budget they precipitated a partial shutdown of the US Government. However, anyone looking at the growing prospect of a… Continue reading

Jacob Rees-Mogg has tabled an amendment to tomorrow's EU budget debate which the whips hope to use to deflate a big rebellion. Picture: Getty

Tory whips in a flap over EU budget rebellion deploy Rees-Mogg

30 October 2012 13:32

At this morning’s Cabinet meeting, ministers discussed tomorrow’s debate on the EU budget, which is shaping up to be a big row. MPs I have spoken to who have either… Continue reading

Tony Blair has suggested that part of a 'grand bargain' to revive the European Union could include an elected president. Picture: Getty

Tony Blair’s ‘Grand Bargain’ for Europe: elect a President

29 October 2012 17:24

Tony Blair gave a speech today in which he proposed a ‘Grand Bargain’ to revive the European Union. One of the proposals in this grand bargain is – and Blair… Continue reading

David Cameron needs to clarify that his personal desire would be for a cut in the EU budget, even if that is an unrealistic demand. Picture: Getty

Cameron outfoxed from right and left on EU budget

29 October 2012 12:18

David Cameron now appears to have been outfoxed by his own backbench and the Labour party on the European budget. A Downing Street spokeswoman confirmed this morning that while the… Continue reading

David Cameron with Herman Van Rompuy, who he met last week to discuss the forthcoming EU budget summit. Picture: Getty

EU budget: Cameron’s leadership under pressure

29 October 2012 8:54

David Cameron is already irritating European leaders with his refusal to support any real-terms increases in the multi annual EU Budget, but this week, the Prime Minister is going to… Continue reading

David Cameron may face problems trying to negotiate with the EU. Photo: Getty Images.

The Conservative renegotiation strategy

27 October 2012 9:00

In The Spectator this week, Charles Moore argued that David Cameron — despite his oft-stated desire to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s EU membership — doesn’t actually have a European… Continue reading