EU politics

Theresa May could learn a lot from Emmanuel Macron

17 January 2018 8:24

Theresa May hosts Emmanuel Macron at Sandhurst tomorrow, an encounter that is unlikely to paint the British Prime Minister in…

Germany’s ‘grand coalition’ looks set to return

13 January 2018 7:48

Oh dear. More than three months since Germans went to the polls, and gave the CDU-SPD government a bloody nose,…

The trouble with ‘activists’

5 January 2018 13:30

I often ask myself why there aren’t more people on the streets over climate change. After all, there is a…

The ‘Queen of France’ is making life difficult for Macron

4 January 2018 8:00

The new year in France has got off to its traditionally violent start, with hundreds of cars set ablaze across…

Russian fake news is causing trouble in Latvia

27 December 2017 20:14

In the historic heart of Riga, Latvia’s bustling capital, there’s a boulevard that doubles as a timeline of this proud…

The stage is set for the Spanish government’s worst nightmare

22 December 2017 11:24

It’ll be a tense Christmas in the Spanish’s PM’s household this year. Yesterday, in an election called by Mariano Rajoy…

Emmanuel Macron is becoming the darling of the Deplorables

21 December 2017 7:00

The French have long loved a beauty contest and this year’s Miss France was screened on Saturday night on prime…

Austria’s Sebastian Kurz should be praised for refusing to ignore the populists

18 December 2017 14:57

Today the world’s youngest leader takes his place at the top table of European politics, as Sebastian Kurz becomes Chancellor…

Laurent Wauquiez could bring Emmanuel Macron crashing back to earth

11 December 2017 8:20

Laurent Wauquiez has done the easy part. It was never seriously in doubt that the 42-year-old was going to win…

Martin Schulz has dared EU members: converge or quit

10 December 2017 11:58

Now Theresa May has made it through the first round of Brexit negotiations, a bigger question becomes more pressing: what…

Ireland, the EU is playing you like a fiddle

4 December 2017 13:33

The EU has no shame. It is a completely shame-free zone. How else do we explain the grotesque spectacle of…

The French left is tearing itself apart over Islam

30 November 2017 15:16

Six months into his presidency, Emmanuel Macron looks untouchable. He has conquered the unions, and his political opponents are a…

British Europhiles should welcome Brexit. Here’s why

30 November 2017 9:11

In the historic heart of Luxembourg, around the corner from the Grand Ducal Palace, there is a site which demonstrates…

What the papers say: The cracks could soon show in the EU’s Brexit stance

30 November 2017 8:32

‘At last’, says the FT, Britain has ‘accepted it must pay its dues to Europe’. ‘It has been a tortuous…

This EU ‘divorce bill’ is more like a ransom

29 November 2017 8:23

A ‘bill’ is not commonly subject to negotiation. It arrives after a customer has contracted for the purchase of goods…

Ireland’s domestic problems are overshadowed by Brexit

28 November 2017 16:50

The Irish government has just survived a precarious wobble which would have plunged Britain and Ireland into further chaos over…

Germany’s green energy drive left Merkel vulnerable

26 November 2017 9:30

For a very long time, Angela Merkel successfully appealed to the post-war German longing for consensus. She hugged potential rivals…

Ireland has punctured Brexiteers’ wishful thinking

24 November 2017 15:14

In his column this week, James Forsyth reports there is ‘mounting anger’ inside the government at the way the Irish…

What the papers say: Hammond must beware the danger of playing it safe

22 November 2017 8:24

Philip Hammond’s second Budget of the year will mean that the Chancellor has another ‘bite at a not especially flavoursome…

What the papers say: The EU is in the grip of chaos

21 November 2017 8:26

Donald Tusk’s jibe that Britain was no longer attempting to have its cake and eat it in Brexit talks was…

For real political chaos, take a look at Germany

20 November 2017 20:23

The female leader of a prominent European country fails to win a majority in an election and then struggles to…

Michel Barnier’s Brexit trade deal warning

20 November 2017 15:55

The furore over the Brexit divorce bill has been such that it is easy to forget that it isn’t the…

Germany’s political crisis puts Merkel’s future in doubt

20 November 2017 13:07

When I had lunch with a senior CDU politician in Düsseldorf on Saturday, there was no sign that Germany’s coalition…

The riddle of Theresa May’s Russia policy

20 November 2017 13:05

It is just a week since Theresa May used her Mansion House speech to launch a broadside on Russia. During…

The collapse of coalition talks in Germany makes a ‘no deal’ Brexit a little more likely

20 November 2017 8:19

The Cabinet is expected to resume talks about Brexit today, reportedly nudging towards a £40 billion offer ahead of a…