EU

Why you can’t live in a ‘country’ in the eyes of the EU

25 July 2013 15:19

Here is a lesson from today’s European Commission midday press conference on how EU propaganda works, and works at all…

What Stephen Twigg doesn’t understand about Sweden’s for-profit schools

19 July 2013 13:04

As a Swede, I’m always intrigued to hear the British Labour Party say how Sweden’s free school system has been…

Ed Miliband takes part in a question-and-answer session on the NHS in Manchester. Picture: Getty.

Miliband’s EU referendum dilemma

29 June 2013 13:00

Friday’s vote on James Wharton’s EU referendum bill is going to push the whole Europe question right back up the…

Lock, load and prepare for ambush - David Cameron's very British approach to Brussels summits

28 June 2013 17:54

Many Prime Ministers go native when they head to Brussels. But David Cameron’s hostility to the whole racket is hardening…

Andrew Mitchell, friend of the civil service

10 June 2013 13:17

Tensions between some ministers and the civil service are at boiling point, with vicious briefings taking place on both sides.…

EU shopping list tips from Ben Goldsmith, Bill Cash, Nancy Dell’Olio and Matthew Elliott

17 May 2013 13:28

Ben Goldsmith, Partner at WHEB Partners and signatory to Business for Britain In the private sector, every business must provide…

Who stands to gain from the Kosovo-Serbia deal? The EU

26 April 2013 14:20

Britain’s very own EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Cathy Ashton, has not had a terribly good press…

Despite the fanfare, David Cameron still isn’t doing anything on immigration

25 March 2013 17:31

Well, it was right not to expect much. The full text of David Cameron’s speech on immigration is here but…

The Cyprus drama has only just begun

25 March 2013 16:21

Analysts today are talking about the GDP of Cyprus falling by 20 per cent over the next four years, and…

How long will capital restrictions last in Cyprus? ‘Can’t say’

25 March 2013 14:51

To the European Commission headquarters this morning for a briefing with Michel Barnier, the Frenchman who is commissioner in charge…

Europe should shut the door on immigration

23 March 2013 16:45

The Prime Minister is giving a speech about immigration on Monday.  I am sure we can all guess the content. …

Spectator Debate: Britain’s future lies outside the EU (with audio)

14 March 2013 22:12

It was a clash of the Euro titans at our latest sell-out Spectator debate: “Britain’s future lies outside the EU”. Nigel…

Scotland's position in europe is weaker than the SNP would have you believe

26 February 2013 20:13

Nicola Sturgeon, arguably the SNP’s most effective asset at present, went to Brussels today to deliver a speech about Scotland’s…

What the government must do to prepare for Romanian and Bulgarian migrants

22 February 2013 17:13

Ministers and MPs are nervous about a mass influx of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants putting the benefit system under strain next year.…

The Myth of the Immigrant Benefit-Moocher, Part Two

19 February 2013 13:24

I am afraid, dear reader, that I have misled you. Yesterday’s post on immigrants and benefit-claimants contained an inaccuracy. I…

Will Nick Clegg take advantage of Britain’s growing EU and immigration anxiety?

18 February 2013 12:41

Today’s Financial Times paints a poor picture for pro-Europeans: half of those polled want to leave the EU and just a third…

Are the Tories united on Europe? Pull the other one.

15 February 2013 14:17

Party unity is one of those things you can measure by the frequency with which the idea is mentioned. The…

Europe Minister won’t give renegotiation specifics

27 January 2013 14:26

There’s ‘no secret plot to get Britain out of the EU’ declared David Lidington on the Sunday Politics. In an…

Boris Johnson next to an ice sculpture representing London 2012 in Davos. Picture: Getty

The view from Davos: Boris Johnson’s economic adviser on infrastructure

26 January 2013 17:29

As the speaker for yesterday’s Davos British business leaders’ lunch, Boris Johnson had the audience in his hand in his…

The view from Davos: Cameron’s mad to talk about leaving the EU

25 January 2013 16:02

‘Cameron’s speech on Europe is badly timed; we must stop this endless European bickering when facing such huge worldwide political…

Every tabloid’s worst nightmare

25 January 2013 12:22

What would George Orwell write about today? asked the Guardian. Here’s our nomination: an EU report that recommends giving the…

The View from 22: Get out of jail free and Cameron’s EU speech

24 January 2013 9:14

How broken is the British criminal justice system? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson and Rory Geoghegan, research…

Cameron’s EU referendum pledge makes winning the Battle for Britain more difficult

23 January 2013 12:53

At the risk of seeming parochial, I’d suggest that David Cameron’s long-awaited Europe speech and his endorsement of an In…

The View from 22: Obama, the Pacific president

17 January 2013 8:32

On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Spectator’s assistant editor Freddy Gray discusses his cover feature on Barack Obama,…

David Cameron's Europe "Strategy" is Going to Fail - Spectator Blogs

14 January 2013 14:45

This is unfortunate, not least because the Prime Minister is a greater realist than many of his erstwhile supporters. They,…