Europe

Matteo Salvini prepares for his big gamble

13 August 2019 14:03

Italians have had ten prime ministers in the last 20 years. They may soon have another. Matteo Salvini, the interior…

The moment the European project first went wrong

10 July 2019 9:21

At a time when the EU is at its least popular and, worse still, least respected, it is worth reflecting…

Why the green wave didn’t hit Sweden

28 May 2019 13:32

The European parliament election campaign in Sweden was unlike any other in its history, characterised by several scandals and conflicts…

EU elections could be a golden opportunity for Brexiters

11 April 2019 14:03

A Brexit delayed until Halloween will be regarded as a nightmare for many. It must seem to the people who…

How terror changed Europe’s Christmas markets

21 December 2018 10:30

The traditional Christmas market is one of the great sights in any European capital at this time of year. But…

Are the Sweden Democrats far-right? Jimmie Akesson interviewed

8 September 2018 12:58

In the newspapers today, there is much talk of Sweden turning to the ‘far-right.’ The Times has a picture of skinhead…

Matteo Salvini is lucky to be the enemy of the Italian justice system

8 September 2018 9:17

As Machiavelli noted: in order to prevail, a successful prince needs Fortuna as well as Virtù. Matteo Salvini, who has…

The Spectator Podcast: Red London

5 April 2018 17:40

In this week’s episode, we talk about red London – just how badly will the Tories do in the upcoming…

Russian fake news is causing trouble in Latvia

27 December 2017 20:14

In the historic heart of Riga, Latvia’s bustling capital, there’s a boulevard that doubles as a timeline of this proud…

Multiculturalism is Europe’s new faith

19 September 2017 12:06

Never mind the terrorists, chaps, London will just keep calm and carry on. We’ll put the kettle on or defy…

Islamist violence has become a normal part of European life

26 August 2017 19:05

It’s just over a week since 15 people were killed in an Islamist attack in Barcelona, Spain. It appears that…

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…

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…

Why do the British have such terrible taste in voices?

12 May 2017 12:58

When it comes to voices, the words of the apocryphal Times headline come to mind: ‘Fog in the Channel; Continent cut…

Erdogan keeps winning because his opponents never learn

17 April 2017 10:48

Istanbul President Erdogan hardly swept to victory yesterday. But with 51 per cent of the electorate turning out in favour…

Remainers must learn from the optimism of the Brexiteers

31 March 2017 10:11

In an age when people pride themselves on their cynicism, it’s almost touching to remember that one of the most…

Berlusconi is back – and his eurozone idea isn’t completely barmy

1 March 2017 13:15

A potentially significant moment in the travails of the EU was lost in the drama of John Major’s (re-)intervention into…

The House of Commons votes for Brexit

8 February 2017 20:33

The drink will be flowing in the government whips’ office tonight. For the Brexit Bill has passed through the Commons…

Don’t bet on Trump putting a stop to the hounding of British banks

5 February 2017 9:00

President Donald Trump is demolishing his predecessor’s legacy as fast as he can sign executive orders, but one thing for…

My pick for the pious political hypocrite of the week award

1 February 2017 12:10

I would like to propose Labour MP Tulip Siddiq as the winner of the pious political hypocrite of the week…