EU

What a May / Corbyn Brexit deal would look like

4 May 2019 10:52

The local election results showed that both main parties are paying a price for the Brexit impasse. This, as I…

The Brexit headache is just beginning

7 April 2019 22:06

Pretty much everyone I meet says they want all the Brexit uncertainty to end, one way or another. But that…

Barnier offers May a non-concession on the backstop

8 March 2019 17:00

After weeks of speculation, Michel Barnier has finally revealed the concession Brussels is willing to grant Theresa May on the…

The most revealing part of Tusk’s press conference wasn’t about Brexiteers going to hell

6 February 2019 13:05

Westminster is in a flurry this afternoon over Donald Tusk’s comments at a press conference this morning with Leo Varadkar.…

There’s more than meets the eye to Selmayr’s backstop slapdown

4 February 2019 15:00

Oh dear. It’s only Monday and already Theresa May’s week appears to have taken a turn for the worse. The…

Pamela Anderson: I could handle Mr Barnier better than May

19 December 2018 12:14

Theresa May is desperately trying to convince both her European counterparts and her British colleagues that her Brexit plan is…

Now Theresa May has postponed the vote, how will the EU react?

10 December 2018 17:31

Even before today’s announcement that the Brexit vote would be pulled, a number of media leaks indicated the EU’s plan…

How Macron became the modern day Marie Antoinette

26 November 2018 14:33

Imagine if David Cameron, at the height of the riots in August 2011, had abandoned London to embark on a…

Brexit negotiators need to focus on our fishermen

22 November 2018 14:27

I listen in despair to Brexiteers’ dismissals of pleas from business for a settlement that allows them to plan beyond…

The ECHR’s ruling on defaming Mohammed is bad news for Muslims

3 November 2018 7:50

In a monumental irony, the ECHR’s agreement with an Austrian court that offensive comments about the Prophet Mohammed were ‘beyond…

Theresa May tries to calm Tory nerves over Brexit – ‘we are 95 per cent there’

22 October 2018 18:26

Theresa May tried her best to persuade grumpy MPs that a Brexit deal was still in sight when she addressed…

Hugh Grant marches for the people… from France

20 October 2018 13:09

The EU flags, glitter berets and bad taste posters are out in full force today as the People’s Vote march…

As Trump cuts funding to the UNRWA, the EU must fill the vacuum

11 October 2018 22:26

On 31st August, in a move celebrated by Benjamin Netanyahu as a ‘blessed change’, the Trump administration announced it would…

How the EU is fighting back against populism

4 September 2018 11:18

There aren’t many EU politicians with a high profile, but Federica Mogherini, the former Italian foreign minister and, since 2014, the…

Greece’s economic misery is far from over

20 August 2018 15:12

A couple of years ago, I was driving from Athens airport to the Peloponnese along the sparkling new highway that…

Sweden must copy France’s approach to Islamic intolerance

17 August 2018 12:01

There are 960 miles as the crow flies between Paris and Stockholm, but when it comes to dealing with Islam…

Romanians are paying the price for the EU’s impotence

17 August 2018 7:00

Romania’s democracy is looking increasingly fragile. Last week, tens of thousands of people gathered on the streets of Bucharest to…

Trump’s Iran sanctions send a message to Europe: the U.S. is still the boss

6 August 2018 12:13

On Monday, August 6, the long-arm of the U.S. Treasury Department reached into Europe and violently shook the continent. The…

Theresa May needs a Brexit back-up plan

4 August 2018 9:34

Since Chequers, the UK has been making a big diplomatic push to try and move the Brexit talks along. As…

Michel Barnier is wasting Theresa May’s time

27 July 2018 11:11

How utterly predictable. As I wrote here on 5 July, Michel Barnier’s ‘considered’ judgement has been to pour a very large…

Michel Barnier’s pointed questions suggest no deal

20 July 2018 14:51

Michel Barnier’s press conference responding to the UK government’s Brexit white paper will have been music to the ears of…

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…

What happens if the government loses today’s vote?

19 June 2018 16:44

It’s that time of the week again: crunch time for Theresa May. Tomorrow MPs will vote again on Dominic Grieve’s…

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…