EU politics

May’s disastrous dinner with Juncker: Episode II

22 October 2017 22:24

Well, that lasted long. Although Theresa May didn’t get the green light to talk trade on her EU council summit…

What drives populism?

22 October 2017 11:28

What has led to the rise of populism? The conventional answer involves inequality, flattening wages – and general economic malaise.…

Michel Barnier’s arrogant inflexibility over Brexit comes from a long Gallic tradition

22 October 2017 9:00

If Michel Barnier and David Davis, in their regular dialogue of the deaf, seem to be inhabiting different mental universes,…

The paradox at the heart of Catalan separatism

20 October 2017 12:51

Driving out of Barcelona, into the rural hinterland of Catalonia, you soon lose count of all the Catalan flags flying…

Angela Merkel throws Theresa May a lifeline

20 October 2017 9:36

Few in Whitehall believed that Theresa May’s trip to the EU Council summit this week would result in Britain being…

What the papers say: Ministers must take a Brexit ‘no deal’ seriously

19 October 2017 8:33

Deal or no deal? Whatever type of Brexit Britain ends up with, the government should take the prospect of walking…

The Economist’s Brexit Cliffe edge

18 October 2017 13:54

Earlier this week, the New York Times introduced social media guidelines for its journalists. The rules were designed to ensure…

Digby Jones should be on the Brexit negotiating team

18 October 2017 12:00

Ah yes, our top Brexit negotiating team… Sack Boris! Sack Spreadsheet Phil! Don’t bother sacking Theresa because she’s already had…

The Brexit negotiations are an irrelevant sideshow

18 October 2017 10:58

So far the Government has been acting as if the Brexit negotiations stand a chance of success and that everything…

What the papers say: The EU’s absurd Brexit bill demand

17 October 2017 8:26

Theresa May is under pressure from the European Union to spell out more details on what Britain will pay as…

Will tonight’s Brexit supper be the dinner party from hell?

16 October 2017 15:17

Theresa May heads to Brussels this evening for supper with Jean-Claude Juncker, Michel Barnier and Martin Selmayr. The good news…

The cost of a Brexit ‘no deal’ is diminishing

16 October 2017 14:23

The exit bill keeps going higher and higher. No progress has been made on the Irish border, and not much…

Sebastian Kurz’s shift to the right pays off

16 October 2017 12:12

Eat your heart out, Kim Jong-un. As of today, the tubby North Korean tyrant is no longer the most youthful…

Babies not bombs are what the Islamists want from their women

16 October 2017 10:05

Sally Jones was a waste of space. The principal purpose of the former British punk rocker turned Islamic extremist was…

The problem with Hungary’s toothless opposition

15 October 2017 9:30

The name of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, is on the lips of most left-wing, liberal politicians and intellectuals…

Catalonia’s referendum was a coup shrouded in a cloak of democracy

14 October 2017 9:30

The Catalan nationalists surely chose this October deliberately for their attempt, now faltering, at UDI. It is the centenary of…

The embarrassing role of economists on Brexit

13 October 2017 13:30

Just when the Brexit talks were beginning to look humiliating for the UK, the position has begun to be reversed.…

Ireland’s abortion debate will be next year’s big culture war

13 October 2017 12:53

If you’re fed up with endless bickering over Brexit, spare a thought for the citizens of Ireland. The government here…

The rank hypocrisy of France’s anti-Brexit rock star

13 October 2017 10:33

One of France’s most famous rock stars is soon to release a new album and last week he gave fans…

Michel Barnier and David Davis’s ‘very disturbing’ deadlock

12 October 2017 12:19

For all the talk of a new ‘momentum’ to the Brexit talks since Theresa May’s Florence speech, today’s press conference…

Catalonia deserves independence as much as any other state

12 October 2017 11:14

Few, if any, commentators have seen fit to discuss the wider issue and the underlying morality from first principles. The…

Franco’s fascism is alive and kicking in Spain

10 October 2017 13:05

Barcelona After the demonstration in Barcelona on Sunday, I happened to walk past the city’s main police station. A unionist…

What the papers say: Why we must prepare for a Brexit ‘no deal’

10 October 2017 8:41

Theresa May’s ‘I’m in charge’ message she delivered to Parliament wasn’t only aimed at MPs – it was also directed…

Theresa May should appoint a Secretary of State for No Deal

9 October 2017 15:48

The Brexit talks collapsing would be a bad thing. It shouldn’t be the aim of the UK government, but it…

The Bombardier dispute could actually bring down May’s government

9 October 2017 15:01

When governments fall it often comes from an unexpected quarter. Thirty eight years ago, James Callaghan’s government fell not as…