EU

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…

The Bombardier dispute could actually bring down May’s government

9 October 2017 15:01

When governments fall it often comes from an unexpected quarter. Thirty eight years ago, James Callaghan’s government fell not as…

The conservative case against Catalonia’s separatist narrative

9 October 2017 11:00

Daniel Hannan has written, compellingly and eloquently as usual, about the constitutional crisis taking place in my country, Spain. In…

Juncker’s EU vision won’t end well

30 September 2017 9:30

You can see why Theresa May said in Florence that the British wished the European Union well in its plans…

Barnier: it may take months to get to phase two of Brexit talks

28 September 2017 15:43

Theresa May’s Florence speech last week certainly prompted a warming of words from Brussels – but so far it has…

Alternative für Deutschland’s success tells the tale of Germany’s forgotten East

27 September 2017 16:22

Back in the early 1990s, a few years after the Berlin Wall came down, I went back to the house…

The real winner of Germany’s election is Jean-Claude Juncker

25 September 2017 11:47

Even if Germany had Britain’s first-past-the-post electoral system, Angela Merkel would be struggling this morning to form a government. With…

Germany’s shy AfD voters hand the Bundesrepublik a seismic shock

25 September 2017 7:37

The German Embassy in London threw an election party yesterday, but as the guests gathered round the big screens to…

‘Long and vain’: Europe’s press reacts to Theresa May’s Florence speech

23 September 2017 11:15

Following months of tortured negotiation between the UK and the EU, Theresa May delivered her speech in Florence yesterday in an…

Britain may have lost faith – but Germany still believes in the EU

23 September 2017 10:45

Theresa May’s Florence speech may have been welcomed with cautious optimism by Michel Barnier, but the reaction in Germany has…

Jacob Rees-Mogg sees red

23 September 2017 9:58

Although Theresa May did manage to prevent a revolt breaking out after her speech in Florence yesterday, that’s not to…

This is what Theresa May should say in her Florence speech

21 September 2017 14:04

Tomorrow in Florence, Theresa May needs to make the speech of her life. Britain has a strong hand to play…

Theresa May’s singing birds can only hold the same tune for so long

20 September 2017 12:29

After concerns about the Foreign Secretary’s job security bumped Vince Cable’s keynote leader’s speech at Lib Dem conference off the…

Roger Bootle: A post-Brexit Britain could be ‘more open, less protectionist and more competitive’

19 September 2017 18:35

One of the City’s best-known economists, Roger Bootle, discusses whether a success could be made from Brexit, just over a…

The great Brexit bus delusion

19 September 2017 15:25

I know many Leave voters. Most of my family. Around half of my friends. Lots of the people in the…

Multiculturalism is Europe’s new faith

19 September 2017 12:06

Never mind the terrorists, chaps, London will just keep calm and carry on. We’ll put the kettle on or defy…

Old habits die hard for Russell Brand

18 September 2017 8:01

Oh dear. Although Russell Brand once said he had never voted, and never would, as a result of his ‘absolute indifference and weariness…

Jean-Claude Juncker’s EU expansion plans make a powerful case for Brexit

13 September 2017 16:51

The choice which faced us at the EU referendum has often been presented as lying between the status quo and…

Angela Merkel’s foreign policy proposals should worry Brexiteers

12 September 2017 8:30

With the German election a fortnight away, and Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union enjoying a commanding lead, you might suppose…

Labour MPs rebel as the government’s EU repeal bill wins Commons vote

12 September 2017 1:01

After David Davis warned that MPs opposing the government’s EU repeal bill would be voting for a ‘chaotic’ exit from the…