EU

The sooner Greece leaves the euro, the better

1 July 2015 11:24

Ten years ago, the Greek minister Yainnos Papantoniou came to London to give a talk at the London School of…

Greeks v Franks – why culture still matters

30 June 2015 15:13

During the period of the crusades Greeks would refer to western Europeans by the generic term ‘Frank’, derived from the…

Common sense suggests Britain’s economy doesn’t depend on the EU

30 June 2015 14:53

They say you have to be nearly 60 to have voted in the 1975 referendum. I voted in that referendum.…

We haven’t had a pan-European war for 70 years. Why is that?

30 June 2015 14:15

The EU referendum makes me suspect that the grownups don’t know what they’re doing. I can see how we got…

There’s no need for Cameron to rush the renegotiation process

25 June 2015 17:29

This EU Council has long been marked in Downing Street’s diary as the moment when David Cameron would tell other…

Most Tories want to remain in the EU. Here’s why

25 June 2015 14:12

It is unfashionable to quote polls these days but one recent finding went unremarked even though it is remarkable. It…

Some gay people are right-wing. Get over it!

25 June 2015 13:33

Is being gay ‘left-wing’?  You wouldn’t have thought so.  If being gay is something which some people just are then…

Greece’s service economy is no match for Germany’s mercantile one

24 June 2015 18:25

It sounds a bit odd these days but economics was actually invented by the Greeks. Back then, in ancient Greece,…

Will the Calais crisis create another EU headache for David Cameron?

24 June 2015 9:08

The crisis at Calais has once again raised the issue of UK border security. Some of the 3,000-odd illegal migrants…

‘No’ campaign coordinator pushes idea of two referendums

23 June 2015 12:56

Dominic Cummings is the man drafted in to put together the putative No campaign for the EU referendum. Cummings has…

The one thing that might ensure a Greek deal: fear

23 June 2015 11:17

On a narrow, sloping street in downtown Athens sits a graffiti-strewn wall that has captured the spirit of a nation.…

Podcast: Greece and the lessons of Black Wednesday, plus the latest on the Labour leadership contest

18 June 2015 9:20

As the situation in Greece becomes more serious by the day, is a default or Grexit on the horizon? In this week’s…

Keeping Britain in the EU will be easier than keeping the Tories united on the issue

15 June 2015 16:12

Privately, senior Tories admit that winning the EU referendum, by which they mean securing a vote to stay in on…

It may actually be in Ukip’s interest to lose the EU referendum

12 June 2015 15:35

Will the country be torn apart by the EU referendum? That’s the argument made by Chris Deerin on the capitalist…

Jacob Rees-Mogg asks Gove for a Magna Carta

11 June 2015 17:51

Jacob Rees-Mogg told the House on Thursday that his favourite activity is making speeches on Europe and ‘if the House…

The government is already getting the EU Referendum Bill wrong

9 June 2015 17:44

The EU Referendum Bill has been accompanied by almost unprecedented flip-flopping and ‘reverse ferreting’. I think we have to accept that…

Eurosceptics fear the ‘In’ campaign will get off to a head start

5 June 2015 16:05

As David Cameron predicted, we are hearing all sorts of ‘noises’ on whether or not his European renegotiation will succeed…

The Electoral Commission needs reforming. Will anyone dare try?

5 June 2015 12:18

The Electoral Commission (ElCom) is an institution with a lamentable record of failing to fulfil its role as guardian of…

PMQs sketch: And they’re back

3 June 2015 16:33

‘Don’t gloat’. Cameron trotted along to the Commons today with this commandment ringing in his ears. He nearly managed it.…

One human right should not be able to extinguish another human right

1 June 2015 9:55

The Human Rights Act (1998) has a big fan base. In legal, political and celebrity circles there is much enthusiasm…