EU

Is the EU-Japan ‘trade deal’ real – or just a stunt?

6 July 2017 19:17

There is much celebration in Brussels today about what’s being described as a EU-Japan trade deal, but for political rather than…

The preposterous pomp of Emmanuel Macron

5 July 2017 12:21

President Macron’s speech on Monday to the combined houses of parliament in the Palace of Versailles proved how stunningly different…

The migrant crisis could prove to be Macron’s undoing

5 July 2017 8:56

What a forty eight hours it has been for Emmanuel Macron. On Monday, he gave his regal address to the…

Brexit is a retreat – not a liberation

4 July 2017 13:53

It is a mark of Britain’s estrangement from the European Union – and, at least for now, the country’s diminished…

Emmanuel Macron and the restoration of French monarchy

4 July 2017 12:50

Have the French belatedly realised the error of their regicide and decided to restore the monarchy?  If so, will the…

The public vs the politicians

2 July 2017 9:00

These are difficult times across Europe. From the endless iterations of the eurozone crisis to the Brexit negotiations beginning in…

There’s a more dangerous Brexit ‘cliff-edge’ which is being ignored

1 July 2017 8:30

People like Philip Hammond say that we must at all costs avoid a ‘cliff-edge’ in the Brexit negotiations. But the…

Liberals should not be surprised Angela Merkel voted against gay marriage

1 July 2017 6:51

Liberal Brits got a welcome wake-up call yesterday, when the woman they’ve been calling the leader of the free world…

France is finally looking forward to some Brit-bashing

29 June 2017 8:53

Was that a touch of gloating I detected last night as I watched the news on French television? The lead item…

Labour’s nonsensical Brexit position is perfect opposition politics

26 June 2017 16:12

After Theresa May received a hostile response in Brussels, perhaps she was hoping for a more amiable reception today in…

Theresa May is (slowly) seeing sense on EU nationals. Will the EU do the same?

23 June 2017 16:26

Theresa May has made a far better offer to EU nationals, saying they will be granted permanent residence after staying…

At long last, Theresa May offers assurance to EU nationals

22 June 2017 22:15

After a year of prevarication, it has emerged that the Prime Minister has agreed to offer permanent residency to all EU…

Islamists have failed to divide France. Will they succeed in Britain?

21 June 2017 13:15

Islamic State will be delighted by what happened outside Finsbury Park mosque in the early hours of Monday morning. In…

The Euro’s badly-needed reform could finally be on the cards

20 June 2017 17:44

Has Germany finally started to shift its position on the future of the Eurozone? Speaking today, at a conference for…

It’s time to prepare voters for some tough Brexit compromises

19 June 2017 12:13

Brexit is like life. The journey matters more than the final destination. Instead of fixating on where we will, eventually,…

How long can Macron’s message of hope survive?

19 June 2017 11:55

It says much about the extraordinary rise of Emmanuel Macron that some commentators are describing the outcome of Sunday’s second…

Pew poll shows most Europeans want to take back control from Brussels

17 June 2017 16:03

Many in Brussels are anxiously looking out for any sign of what has been termed ‘Brexit contagion’ – the idea…

For all his faults, Helmut Kohl was a political colossus

17 June 2017 12:30

The British public never really warmed to Helmut Kohl. In Britain, he was always seen as too bossy, too bumptious,…

Theresa May has much to learn from Enda Kenny

15 June 2017 13:41

Enda Kenny stepped down as Ireland’s Taoiseach yesterday, and his farewell speech, at the National Gallery of Ireland, was an…

Now it’s cheaper to use your mobile phone abroad

15 June 2017 10:39

Praise be, there’s some good news on the financial front this morning. Roaming charges for the use of mobile phones…

Philip Hammond’s Brexit plan is the worst of all worlds

14 June 2017 12:42

Had last week’s expected landslide actually occurred Philip Hammond would by now be working on his memoirs. Instead, he is…

Macron’s landslide

12 June 2017 7:40

En Marche, a party created 14 months ago by Emmanuel Macron, is on course for a clear majority in the…

Macron mania is still sweeping across France

7 June 2017 11:07

It’s in the little gestures one learns much about a man, and such is the case with Emmanuel Macron. Since…

France has woken up to the danger of Islamism. Has Britain?

31 May 2017 11:03

If there’s one country that knows how Britain feels in the wake of last week’s suicide bombing in Manchester, it’s France.…

Merkel is right about Trump – so where does that leave Britain?

30 May 2017 11:46

Angela Merkel has never been a showboating politician. Public speaking isn’t her forte – she prefers to work behind the…