EU

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…

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…