EU

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…

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…