EU

Will the House of Lords rebel against the EU withdrawal bill?

6 September 2017 11:38

Labour’s decision to whip against the EU withdrawal bill might well have more of an impact in the Lords than…

Theresa May could learn a lesson from Angela Merkel’s debate performance

4 September 2017 10:36

Last night’s TV debate between Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz poses a nagging question for British conservatives. No, nothing to…

Britain should pay a Brexit bill – but only on one condition

30 August 2017 11:15

Fifty billion? Seventy-five? In its wilder moments, the FT might even splash on a hundred billion pounds as the minimum…

The government is right to turn its back on the European Court of Justice

23 August 2017 16:48

A key question in the Brexit talks is how any deal between the EU and UK will be upheld. The…

Catalonia’s fight for independence is turning nasty

22 August 2017 12:00

As if the issue of Catalonian secession wasn’t fraught enough, some of its most committed advocates are now arguing that the…

Considering retiring abroad? Don’t forget about your state pension

21 August 2017 17:23

Retiring to a warmer, more exotic, country is something that many of us dream of doing – and sooner, rather…

Britain – not Brussels – is doing all the innovative thinking on Brexit

21 August 2017 14:48

We will be hopelessly out-witted by wily Brussels negotiators. We are unprepared for the scale of the task. We are…

Spain faces up to Europe’s new terror threat

18 August 2017 8:44

In the early hours of this morning, as police in Barcelona continued to piece together the terrible events on Las Ramblas…

Germany’s booming economy paves the way for another Merkel victory

17 August 2017 12:27

With the German elections now barely a month away, the Bundesrepublik remains beset by worries about terrorism and immigration. Yet,…

France’s terror threat hasn’t gone away

9 August 2017 14:54

The latest attack in France couldn’t have come at a worse time for the government. On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Édouard…

Would you really want to be a farmer in 2017?

8 August 2017 8:00

What does being ‘a farmer’ mean to you? For those that have experienced it, the job – or lifestyle, really…

France is getting fed up with Brigitte Macron

7 August 2017 11:17

Having recently hosted Bono and Rihanna and taken centre stage during Donald Trump’s visit to France, Brigitte Macron now has a…

Why fudging Ireland’s Brexit border issue can only mean Troubles ahead

6 August 2017 8:30

The question of what kind of border after Brexit will exist between Northern Ireland and the Republic will, I predict,…

Italy’s patience with the migrant charities is wearing thin

3 August 2017 11:18

What to do about the charities who send boats to bring asylum seekers to the Italian coast? Save the Children…

Catalonia’s quest for independence takes another surreal turn

2 August 2017 17:54

In Spain, the fight over Catalonian independence has just taken a surreal new turn. Catalonian president Carles Puigdemont – a…

What does the charity sector want from Brexit? A clean break and tax freedom

1 August 2017 15:34

When it comes to Brexit, for many organisations it seems to be all doom and gloom. Yes, plenty of individual…

Last summer, feminists defended the burkini. Will they now defend the bikini?

30 July 2017 9:39

If there was a buzzword from last summer then it was surely ‘burkini’. The media got its swimsuit in a…

How Brexit will change Germany

26 July 2017 10:30

In the summer of 1990, the editor of The Spectator, Dominic Lawson, went to interview Nicholas Ridley, Margaret Thatcher’s Secretary…

Michael Gove, ‘Green Brexit’, and what it all means for Britain’s farmers

21 July 2017 17:59

Michael Gove’s speech this morning on his plan for a ‘Green Brexit’ is one of the first signs of what…

Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron are alike in their narcissism

15 July 2017 11:20

When Theresa May invited Donald Trump to London, shortly after his inauguration, the howls of the bien-pensant commentariat could be…

Brexit: A view from Germany

15 July 2017 9:00

 Frankfurt ‘This is not about punishing Great Britain,’ declared Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s interim foreign secretary, on his recent visit to…

The government is destined for trouble with its repeal bill

13 July 2017 17:26

You’d think a government wouldn’t launch its flagship bill that takes Britain out of European Union legislation without first being…

A recession is coming – but that doesn’t mean Brexit is to blame

13 July 2017 15:40

The Office of Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) makes a point in its Fiscal Risk Report today that ought to be obvious and…

Boris Johnson tells the EU to ‘go whistle’ on Brexit divorce bill

11 July 2017 13:47

The Brexit divorce bill isn’t on the table yet but it’s already provoking plenty of debate – and quite a bit…

Ivanka Trump is Angela Merkel’s secret weapon to improving US German relations

9 July 2017 17:05

Was it really worth it? Rioting on the streets, hundreds of people injured and administrative costs of €100 million –…