EU

Populism is making a comeback in Europe, and Austria is leading the way

20 May 2017 11:53

Last year’s Austrian presidential election looked like a turning point for the European Union. Alexander Van der Bellen, a soft…

Are Remainers brighter than Brexiteers?

14 May 2017 8:00

Are Leavers thicker than Remainers? The short answer is: yes. At least, on average. That’s according to a paper analysing…

The EU’s leaders are flummoxed by democracy

6 May 2017 9:00

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s main Brexit negotiator, tweeted on Monday: ‘Any #Brexit deal requires a strong & stable understanding…

What the papers say: Theresa May hits back against Brussels

4 May 2017 8:46

Theresa May’s missive to Brussels delivered on the steps of Downing Street had a simple message: keep out of our…

Theresa May pulls no punches in her attack on the European Commission

3 May 2017 16:25

Theresa May has kicked off the Tory general election campaign with a remarkably punchy statement in Downing Street. She accused…

The EU has gifted the Republican cause a blueprint for a united Ireland

3 May 2017 12:39

Theresa May’s awkward dinner date with Jean-Claude Juncker stole the headlines, but there was another Brexit development that passed with much-less…

Who does Jean-Claude Juncker think he is?

2 May 2017 14:47

Jean-Claude Juncker: what a nasty piece of work. There aren’t many politicians I’d say that about. Even most of those…

We should jump at the chance to pay off the EU in euros

22 April 2017 8:45

Thirty billion? Fifty billion? Eighty billion, and we have to cover the cost of Jean-Claude Juncker’s martinis for the next…

Erdogan keeps winning because his opponents never learn

17 April 2017 10:48

Istanbul President Erdogan hardly swept to victory yesterday. But with 51 per cent of the electorate turning out in favour…

How will the EU cope without Britain?

16 April 2017 9:00

Many EU officials would like to present the Brexit negotiations as a case of one nervous member, weak at the…

The real significance of Theresa May’s meeting with Donald Tusk

6 April 2017 16:33

Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, has been in Downing Street this afternoon meeting with Theresa May. The…

Britain’s comics can’t stand Brexit – but the joke is on them

6 April 2017 15:54

One of the best things about Brexit has been its shattering of anti-establishment pretensions. All the people who for yonks…

EU leaders like Guy Verhofstadt are proving Brexit was the right choice

5 April 2017 19:59

Only the EU, an organisation with four presidents, could have two ‘chief negotiators’ charged with agreeing the terms of Britain’s…

Let’s rein in Brexiteer triumphalism before we all go mad

5 April 2017 16:34

According to archaeologists and all the papers last week, the 11th-century villagers of Wharram Percy, North Yorkshire, used to mutilate…

The flawed thinking at the heart of the renewable energy swindle

5 April 2017 12:14

A new report revealing that using wood pellets to generate electricity can actually speed up global warming should be the final…

Is Theresa May’s media honeymoon over?

5 April 2017 8:05

Is Theresa May’s media honeymoon over? The bungled Budget might have led to a raft of bad headlines for the…

Can Anglo-Spanish relations survive Brexit?

4 April 2017 11:44

As the events of the last few days show, the increasingly toxic issue of Gibraltar means the UK’s Article 50 talks with Spain might become more…

What the papers say: the Gibraltar row heats up

4 April 2017 8:47

Theresa May says the way to deal with the row over Gibraltar is ‘jaw-jaw’ rather than war. And there is…

Britain and the EU probably will reach a trade deal. Here’s why

2 April 2017 9:00

Most diplomats in Brussels will tell you that Theresa May has just embarked upon a fool’s errand, that Britain might…

An independent Britain’s top priority: staying friends with the EU

1 April 2017 9:00

On 29 March 2019 the Queen should have a state dinner and invite the European Union’s 27 heads of state…

The European Council pulls its punches in its draft Brexit plan

31 March 2017 10:49

So we have the first sight of the European Council’s draft negotiating guidelines. They’re much more constructive that we would…

Is the Government heading for trouble with its Great Repeal Bill?

30 March 2017 14:38

Britain’s biggest exercise in copying and pasting has begun in earnest. The Government has published its Great Repeal Bill White…

The Spectator Podcast: A new Europe

30 March 2017 11:33

On this week’s bumper episode, we say farewell to the EU, look at the most high-profile mismatch in boxing history,…

What the papers say: Theresa May’s pitch-perfect start to Brexit

30 March 2017 8:39

We’re off! The two year countdown until Brexit has begun. Theresa May’s triggering of Article 50 has been met with…

Theresa May’s full Article 50 speech: ‘A day of celebration for some and disappointment for others’

29 March 2017 13:11

Mr Speaker, Today the Government acts on the democratic will of the British People. And it acts, too, on the clear…