EU

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 –…

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…