EU

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…

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…