EU politics

Isis’s collapse has sparked a new rift between Trump and Europe

21 February 2019 16:22

The days of black-clad militants rampaging through cities, parading captives as war trophies and doing wheelies in U.S.-made Humvees are…

For the Dutch, Brexit is a mistake – and a big opportunity

21 February 2019 9:00

An advert in the Netherlands features a hairy beast warning about the looming departure of Britain from the EU. Move…

What Macron’s spat with Italy is really about

13 February 2019 7:11

Who needs the Comédie-Française when there is Emmanuel Macron in the Élysée? France’s recall last week of its ambassador from…

Team Juncker shows it has learned nothing from Selmayr-gate

12 February 2019 15:21

Martin Selmayr is no stranger to using Twitter to offer his insight and call out those he thinks have got…

Britain needs to back down on the backstop – but the EU must help

6 February 2019 15:14

Theresa May’s attempt to alter her Brexit deal is going down badly in Brussels. The anger is partly understandable: after…

What would George Orwell make of the Brexit right?

6 February 2019 14:47

I don’t believe in turning George Orwell’s writing into Holy Scripture – he would have hated the reverence as much…

Tusk, Selmayr and the EU’s Twitter diplomacy

6 February 2019 13:33

This morning, Donald Tusk had an unusually provocative line in his speech. “I have been wondering what the special place…

Watch: Leo Varadkar caught out making Brexit gag

6 February 2019 12:26

Oh dear. Donald Tusk has been causing trouble this morning with his comments about some Brexiteers deserving a special place…

France’s dilemma: what to do with jihadists who say sorry

6 February 2019 11:35

Patrick Jardin lost his daughter when Islamist terrorists attacked the Bataclan in November 2015. Nathalie was one of 130 people…

The plan that could give rebel Labour MPs the space to break away

5 February 2019 11:45

Reports that Theresa May’s team are considering a June election haven’t exactly been met with universal acclaim. Tory MPs in…

Can Macron divide and conquer the gilets jaunes?

5 February 2019 8:29

Emmanuel Macron, the young, dashing president of the Fifth French Republic, is the epitome of what it means to be…

Watch: Andrew Marr calls out EU leaders over TV no-shows

3 February 2019 15:00

When was the last time an EU leader gave an interview to British TV to talk about Brexit? If you’re…

Macron’s fight with Europe’s populists is backfiring

26 January 2019 8:00

In France, discontent has been brewing for years. Emmanuel Macron managed to set it alight by embarking on a series…

Eight problems with a no deal Brexit

25 January 2019 17:00

I’ve got sympathy with those tempted to tell the Brussels elite to stuff their Brexit deal. Quite a few of…

Why doesn’t Emmanuel Macron like Britain?

25 January 2019 14:37

Why is Emmanuel Macron raging against Britain? The French president has returned to the subject of the British once again…

How Germany helped shape the conditions for Brexit

23 January 2019 14:46

German political leaders, industrialists, artists and sportspeople wrote to the Times last week urging Brits to reconsider and stay in the…

Are the Yellow Vests just a bunch of middle class whiners?

23 January 2019 10:37

On two Sundays this month there have been Yellow Vest demonstrations in France organised by women. As one of the…

The weakness behind Macron and Merkel’s love-in

22 January 2019 14:22

Emmanuel Macron spoke for three hours, almost without pause, at the first of his grand débats national in Normandy last…

Can Martin Selmayr’s denials be trusted?

9 January 2019 13:03

Martin Selmayr, the so-called ‘monster’ of Brussels, has reacted angrily to claims that he set out to punish Britain over…

Matteo Salvini is doing Brussels a favour with his harsh migration policy

9 January 2019 11:56

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister and interior minister, is one of the most controversial politicians in Europe. The 45-year…

Why Donald Trump will step up his feud with the EU this year

3 January 2019 10:50

For Angela Merkel, the chief guardian of Europe’s centrist politics, 2018 was a year of tribulation – and she admits…

The euro is the most dysfunctional currency ever created

2 January 2019 10:38

Even by his usual standards of self-satire, Jean-Claude Juncker was on top form to open the new year. As he…

Why Britain decided to leave the EU – but other countries haven’t

29 December 2018 18:28

Why us? Why is the UK the first – and only – country to decide to leave the EU? Greenland,…

Where did it all go wrong for Emmanuel Macron?

28 December 2018 8:00

Twelve months ago Le Journal du Dimanche published an opinion poll in which Emmanuel Macron had an approval rating of…

A no deal Brexit would be the EU’s fault

27 December 2018 8:10

I stood next to Jean Claude-Juncker, then president of the European Council and prime minister of Luxembourg, when news flashed…