EU politics

Will Italy’s new coalition last?

6 September 2019 18:14

Italian politics is like a game of musical chairs. One government resigns or collapses, another takes its place, until that…

The moment the European project first went wrong

10 July 2019 9:21

At a time when the EU is at its least popular and, worse still, least respected, it is worth reflecting…

How the first world war inspired the EU

3 July 2019 14:35

Christopher Booker has died at the age of 81. In 2014, he wrote in The Spectator about how the first…

Marine Le Pen’s return is good news for Emmanuel Macron

28 May 2019 11:48

If there’s one politician in Europe as triumphant as Nigel Farage right now it’s Emmanuel Macron. The European election results…

Germany‘s Greens cheer their party’s results in the exit poll.

A green wave has just swept Europe

27 May 2019 7:26

As Brits understandably focus on Brexit and populism, another story is emerging: the green wave. It is especially focused in…

The EU’s role in the demise of British Steel

22 May 2019 12:10

How ironic that British Steel goes into administration on the day before the European elections, putting 4,200 jobs at risk…

Could France’s far left and far right come together again?

21 May 2019 6:00

As the European elections approach, Europe’s oldest liberal democracies – Britain and France – are in turmoil. Taking the long…

Change UK’s latest transformation is its worst yet

20 May 2019 14:56

As Change UK struggle for relevance, they have become a Revoke party. This is a significant shift from being a…

What Macron and Salvini get wrong about the future of Europe

17 May 2019 13:15

French president Emmanuel Macron and Italy’s deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini don’t have much in common, but on the importance…

France – and Europe – could become the frontline in Algeria’s latest crisis

8 May 2019 6:00

As the European parliament elections approach, the continent’s navel-gazing is ever more myopic. Even its two most outward focused states,…

What the ‘Stop Brexit’ brigade and Turkey’s Erdogan have in common

7 May 2019 17:12

Guy Verhofstadt, the Brexit coordinator for the European Parliament, has got some front. This morning he slammed the decision to…

Is Emmanuel Macron’s EU project about to meet its Waterloo?

7 May 2019 13:26

Emmanuel Macron, the once golden boy of European politics, could be about to suffer his first electoral humiliation. A black…

Why aren’t Corbynistas celebrating the gilets jaunes?

29 April 2019 16:50

Why aren’t we Brits talking about the revolt just across the English Channel? Our silence on the gilets jaunes and…

Libya’s crisis exposes the deep divide at the heart of the EU

15 April 2019 17:02

The European Union already has a lot on its plate. The continuing doom of Brexit, upcoming parliamentary elections, a resurgent…

Theresa May must stand up to Emmanuel Macron’s Brexit posturing

9 April 2019 11:47

In this the 115th anniversary week of the Entente Cordiale, the French president and the British Prime Minister will meet…

The real reason Macron is desperate to woo Xi Jinping

26 March 2019 14:14

Chinese president Xi Jinping came to France and is taking home 300 Airbus jetliners, a large consignment of frozen chickens…

Emmanuel Macron has saved himself from political crisis – for now

17 March 2019 13:38

Back in December, Emmanuel Macron was a man on edge. His poll numbers were spiralling down the toilet; hundreds of…

How Steve Bannon tried – and failed – to crack Europe

6 March 2019 10:51

When Steve Bannon was ousted from the White House as president Donald Trump’s chief strategist, the populist provocateur and former…

Italy shows that left-wing populism doesn’t work

4 March 2019 17:41

To judge from what is going on in Italy, the only major European country where populists are in power, right-wing…

The EU must budge on the backstop if it wants to avoid no deal

26 February 2019 17:37

The European Union does not want ‘no-deal’. Neither do the majority of people or politicians in the UK. Most of us…