European Commission

Martin Selmayr busted - by Wikipedia - for editing his own page

24 March 2018 13:15

Poor old Martin Selmayr. He had thought that, once he seized power as Secretary-General of the European Commission, he’d be…

Martin Selmayr's Wikipedia edited ahead of promotion

18 March 2018 16:20

Martin Selmayr’s brilliantly engineered coup earned him a lofty promotion in Brussels, but ahead of his rise to Secretary-General of the…

What the papers say: Why Google deserves its record £2.1bn fine

28 June 2017 8:33

Google’s profits have soared in recent years. Now the company has been slapped with a fine to match, with the…

Why don’t the EU’s pensioners in the Lords have to declare their interest?

5 February 2017 10:00

‘A Bill to confer power on the prime minister to notify, under Article 50(2)…’. When it comes to the House…

Are Apple disrupting the tax system?

30 August 2016 20:41

Reading this week about the European Commission’s verdict that Apple should pay €13 billion in back taxes to Ireland (even…

Apple’s Irish tax bill is bad news for free-market liberals

30 August 2016 16:53

So the European Commission has today released its much-delayed iTax. This time, it’s not an Apple innovation but a ruling…

That Cameron is out while Juncker has stayed shows us just what’s wrong with the EU

27 June 2016 13:20

According to Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, the Brexit vote was David Cameron’s fault: ‘If someone complains…

Jonathan Hill’s resignation is an act of gross irresponsibility

25 June 2016 16:04

The UK’s EU Commissioner, Jonathan Hill, has resigned today saying that he couldn’t carry on as ‘though nothing had happened.’ This strikes me…

Greece and the Eurozone, what happens next

25 January 2015 20:55

The Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has called Syriza’s leader Alexis Tsipras to concede defeat. But n European Chancelleries, they…

Tory MPs react to Osborne’s ‘EU bill deal’

7 November 2014 16:24

So are Tory backbenchers happy with what George Osborne claims to have brought back from Europe after his talks on…

Can George Osborne quibble away shock EU bill?

28 October 2014 13:26

What’s next for David Cameron’s tussle with Brussels? The Prime Minister made clear yesterday that ‘we are not paying a…

Tory MPs threaten trouble for PM over EU bill

27 October 2014 17:52

Tory MPs might have appeared keen to support the PM after his surprise EU bill when they spoke in the…

David Cameron has no choice but to defy Brussels

26 October 2014 11:59

If the European Commission had come to Britain demanding another £90 million because this country’s economy had performed better than…

Turkey in Europe? Now there’s a migrant backlash waiting to happen

20 October 2014 19:24

Well, I don’t know how José Manuel Barroso came across in the broadcast accounts of his address to Chatham House…

The genius of Jean-Claude Juncker

11 September 2014 14:27

For all of the protestations about Jean Claude Juncker’s unsuitability for what is, ultimately, the EU’s top job (sorry, Angela Merkel), the…

The Great Brussels Steeplechase: runners and riders to be Britain’s next European Commissioner

10 July 2014 14:11

Next week, EU leaders will meet to parcel out the top jobs in the next European Commission. So David Cameron…

David Cameron’s eurosceptic colleagues are pushing him to set out his renegotiation demands

27 June 2014 14:42

David Cameron has warned his European colleagues that there will be ‘consequences’ if they support Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment today. He’s…

David Cameron is acting in a principled way over Juncker – so let’s back him

27 June 2014 12:52

It’s pretty rich hearing the Labour Party criticize Cameron for taking a principled stance on Europe. How vulgar, they say,…

What Cameron and Labour want to get out of the Juncker row

26 June 2014 17:38

Labour has supported David Cameron’s attempt to block Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, but that hasn’t stopped…

The Commons is finally talking about Iraq. Will anyone notice?

18 June 2014 13:36

PMQs last week took place just hours after Mosul had fallen to ISIS. But despite this, not a single MP…