EU politics

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…

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…