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Would you really want to be a farmer in 2017?

8 August 2017 8:00

What does being ‘a farmer’ mean to you? For those that have experienced it, the job – or lifestyle, really…

France is getting fed up with Brigitte Macron

7 August 2017 11:17

Having recently hosted Bono and Rihanna and taken centre stage during Donald Trump’s visit to France, Brigitte Macron now has a…

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…