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Which set of Tory MPs will be furious with Theresa May come Monday?

12 June 2018 21:44

The main takeaway from the confusion surrounding today’s meaningful vote amendment is that no-one knows what it means. Although the…

Matteo Salvini’s decision to turn away a migrant rescue ship is an historic moment

11 June 2018 23:15

The refusal by Italy’s new ‘populist’ coalition government of the alt-left Five Star Movement and the hard right Lega to…

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,…

Will Italy’s first fight with Brussels be over immigration?

1 June 2018 17:43

Italy has a new Prime Minister: Giuseppe Conte, who heads up a Five Star / Lega coalition. He presented his…

If this is a trade war, the United States will win

1 June 2018 15:10

Donald Trump is following through on his threat—or promise, as his voters see it—to impose steep tariffs on foreign goods…

How Europe’s Turks could sweep Erdogan to victory

31 May 2018 13:12

President Erdogan can raise a crowd. As he travels to every corner of his huge country in the month before…

The Spectator Podcast: the people vs the EU

31 May 2018 13:11

This week, the new Italian coalition’s proposed government was blocked by the Italian President, giving EU grandees in Brussels a…

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…

EU commissioner: at least it’s not Jacob Rees-Mogg at the negotiating table

24 April 2018 14:34

Oh dear. As anxiety grows about the Theresa May’s customs union stance, Jacob Rees-Mogg has this afternoon told hacks that…

Brexiteers smell something fishy in the transition agreement

19 March 2018 17:42

The Brexit transition draft agreement is in – and it’s not all smooth sailing for the UK government. In a…

Minutes of an EU coup: How Martin Selmayr made his move

12 March 2018 14:29

Martin Selmayr’s power grab, elevating him to the post of Secretary-General and putting him in charge of 33,000 staff, was a…

European Commission rain on Theresa May’s parade

7 March 2018 13:02

Here we go. The European Commission draft guidelines for the Brexit trade negotiations have leaked – and, as expected, it…

Britain should rise above Trump’s trade war

7 March 2018 11:10

The stock market is reeling. The White House has already witnessed the resignation of the President’s most senior economic adviser.…

I doubt the EU will budge – so Britain faces a tough choice

3 March 2018 10:30

It can be impossibly hard to concentrate on the intricacies of the Brexit negotiations. But over the past week, we…

Brexiteers, you were warned about Ireland

28 February 2018 14:21

If you wished to get to an easy Brexit, well, this isn’t the starting point you’d choose. Once again, the…

Can long-term forecasters answer these questions?

12 February 2018 17:33

I find it difficult to believe some in the media are taking these latest economic forecasts for 15 years outside…

Conservative MPs should be careful what they wish for

28 January 2018 22:52

How much trouble is Theresa May in? Just three weeks ago, it looked as though the Prime Minister was at…

No 10 calls briefing meeting, says nothing

4 December 2017 17:21

Following Theresa May and Jean Claude Junker’s press conference to announce that no deal has been reached (yet), Tory MPs were…

After Brexit, Britain will still have European cities. Can someone tell the EU?

24 November 2017 7:56

When Britain voted to leave the EU, it didn’t necessarily follow that we’d be kicked out of its European Capital…

The Spectator Podcast: Merkel’s crack-up

23 November 2017 14:55

On this week’s episode, we look at the situation in Germany, and whether Angela Merkel can hold things together. We…

What fresh German elections would mean for Brexit and Europe

20 November 2017 21:55

Angela Merkel’s declaration that new elections would be better than a minority government suggests Germany will be heading back to…

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.…

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…

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…