EU politics

How May, Macron and Merkel failed to tame Trump

18 July 2018 8:16

To conclude that relations between the United States and the Europeans are in quite a chaotic and unpredictable state is…

Why Spain could be the populists’ next battleground

11 July 2018 13:32

When Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, refused to let the rescue ship Aquarius – which was carrying 629 men, women,…

Why Sebastian Kurz is Europe’s most important politician

30 June 2018 8:32

Austria assumes the Presidency of the Council of the European Union this Sunday, and normally the response among rightminded Britons…

How Spain’s socialist leader is winning over reluctant voters

23 June 2018 13:00

Spaniards didn’t ask for their new prime minister, but it seems that they’re starting to like him. The most recent…

Is there life after Merkel for German conservatives?

20 June 2018 16:43

German conservatives are in disarray. Caught between the migrant crisis and Merkel’s looming departure, they are fighting over their own…

Matteo Salvini’s tough immigration stance is paying off

20 June 2018 12:08

Well, stone me. A new “populist” government in Italy actually does something to stop the NGO taxi service which ferries migrants…

Macron is restoring France’s dignity

20 June 2018 10:38

Has there ever been a time when the leaders of France and Great Britain are so diametrically opposed in character…

How Nato is fighting back against Russian fake news

9 June 2018 11:00

At first, the Spanish marines are just a distant dot on the horizon. A few minutes later their speedboat is…

Italy’s populists have won – but they’re still not in charge

9 June 2018 10:00

Recently, the ‘populist’ (i.e. electorally victorious) new government of Italy wanted to appoint an anti-euro finance minister and was told…

Italy isn’t the next Greece. Here’s why

6 June 2018 11:59

Everyone thinks they know the script of how Italy’s saga will play out. As the populists take power in Rome,…

Emmanuel Macron’s challenge for French lesbians

6 June 2018 9:09

The man who brought France’s Socialist Party to the brink of ruin has no sense of shame. In recent weeks,…

Jean-Claude Juncker to Italians: work harder, be less corrupt

1 June 2018 8:23

The cover of this week’s Spectator says “the people vs the EU” and Jean-Claude Juncker is certainly warming to that…

Don’t blame the populists for Italy’s chaos

30 May 2018 10:52

Bond yields are soaring. Stock markets are tanking. The banks are looking wobbly, and money is starting to drain out…

Erdogan’s influence is spreading across Europe

29 May 2018 16:17

Two video clips did the rounds in the French media at the weekend. One went global, that of the heart-warming heroism…

Will Macron meet his match in Marion Maréchal?

23 May 2018 10:13

Last summer, a French magazine warned on its front cover that 250,000 migrants were headed their way in 2018. ‘Alarmist’,…

The French far left’s common cause with Islamism

14 May 2018 10:05

The French have an expression to describe far-left citizens who identity more with Islam than the Republic: ‘Islamo-Gauchiste’, a term…

It’s time to end the discussion on the customs union

7 May 2018 12:41

This never-ending circular discussion on customs unions is painful, particularly because the question should have been settled during the referendum.…

The far left’s fascists are rebels without a cause

3 May 2018 12:30

Imagine if the 1,200 hoodlums who rampaged through Paris on May Day had been members of a far-right organisation. Imagine…

Austria is back on the political map – and Austrians are nervous about it

18 April 2018 10:50

Summer has arrived early in Vienna and the city of Strauss and Schubert has never looked lovelier. The parks are…

Emmanuel Macron is Making France Great Again

14 April 2018 10:00

Since Emmanuel Macron became president last year, he has unashamedly courted the world’s presidents, prime ministers, sheiks and chancellors. Much…

What Brexit Britain can learn from German Reunification

5 April 2018 8:26

Obscured by the hubbub of rolling news and the cacophony of Twitter, an important anniversary has passed by virtually unnoticed.…

Is Sebastian Kurz Germany’s most important politician?

31 March 2018 6:00

Who is the most important politician in Germany? Angela Merkel? No, it’s the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz. Merkel remains a…

The EU’s petulance is turning its Galileo satellite into a white elephant

26 March 2018 13:28

Moves by the EU to try to stop British armed forces from accessing the Galileo satellite system, and to prevent…

Islamists are relishing France’s slow slide into chaos

26 March 2018 11:41

There is something fundamentally rotten at the heart of the European far-left. In Britain it manifests itself in institutional anti-Semitism,…

Why do politicians refuse to tell it how it is on immigration?

25 March 2018 9:00

One of the presumptions of democracy is that leaders listen to the public. But as poll after poll in Europe…