European Union


Europe is being strangled by the Franco-German alliance

2 March 2012 11:34

David Cameron’s complaints at last night’s EU meeting about the lack of a growth agenda have, in part, been addressed…


Imagine if Cameron hadn’t vetoed…

1 March 2012 18:21

When David Cameron headed to Brussels last December, it was far from certain that he would veto the proposed treaty.…


Europe’s latest tonic could worsen Osborne’s political problems

26 February 2012 9:57

Seems that the latest plan to fix the eurozone involves cooking up a pot of alphabet soup. Over in Mexico,…


The hurdles facing Greece

21 February 2012 19:00

Greece’s problems are far from over. As Pete said this morning, the €130 billion bailout hardly means the country is…


From the archives: Why England and France will never be best friends

17 February 2012 18:15

To mark David Cameron’s get-together with Nicolas Sarkozy today, we’ve dug up this essay from the Spectator archives by Lord…


Bailout country

16 February 2012 11:48

With the political wrangling over another Greek bailout continuing today, we thought CoffeeHousers might care to read (or re-read) Faisal…


The steady erosion of Greek democracy

15 February 2012 17:35

The longer this Greek crisis goes on, the clearer the various agendas at play are becoming. As the Greek finance…


Will Germany let Greece stay in the euro?

13 February 2012 12:35

The German government is split on the biggest policy question of the day, according to the FT’s German edition. As…

Size Matters: Dysfunctional Government Edition

8 February 2012 18:57

Via Andrew, Francis Fukuyama has a new gig at Stanford University running a Governance Project. Introducing it, he lobs a…


Ignore the European Court and deport Abu Qatada tonight

7 February 2012 13:24

The Al-Qaeda preacher Abu Qatada is a Jordanian national who is in the UK illegally (having come here in 1993…


Cameron’s coming battle over the ECHR

6 February 2012 19:17

The coming release of Abu Qatada on bail is going to put bellows under the whole debate about the European…


Don’t expect repatriation in this Parliament

2 February 2012 16:55

When David Cameron wielded his veto at the European Council in December many Tories thought this was the beginning of…

Cameron cheered by the Lib Dems, spared by the Tories, mocked by Labour

31 January 2012 17:08

If you wanted proof that Cameron has softened his stance towards Europe since the hard chill of December, then just…


Miliband the eurosceptic? Not yet

31 January 2012 11:11

Ed Miliband is not naturally a eurospectic, but he certainly sounded like one during his appearance on ITV’s Daybreak show…


Cameron softens his stance on Europe — but who benefits?

30 January 2012 16:12

‘We will insist that the EU institutions — the court, the commission — that they work for all 27 nations…


Greece is still the word ahead of today’s eurosummit

30 January 2012 9:14

How about this for a claim by Nicolas Sarkozy, made in a TV appearance yesterday? ‘Europe is no longer at…

Dave in Davos

26 January 2012 14:50

Reading Cameron’s speech to the suits in Davos, one thing stands out: he’s in no mood to stop ‘lecturing’ the…


Would Iran block the Strait of Hormuz?

24 January 2012 14:42

With the EU agreeing a new round of sanctions on Iran – outlawing European oil and gas purchases from Iran…


A Chris Huhne prediction that didn’t come true

23 January 2012 18:44

Chris Huhne attacked David Cameron for the EU veto in Cabinet back in December. At the time, one Cabinet minister…


Welcome, Croatia

23 January 2012 12:28

Croatia’s EU referendum was overwhelming — more than two-thirds of voters favoured the young state’s accession to the European Union.…


Would Spain stop Scotland from joining the EU?

12 January 2012 16:29

Alex Salmond’s case for independence relies on Scotland joining the European Union. If an independent Scotland was a member of…


A taxing kind of spin

10 January 2012 17:15

The story being briefed out of the year’s first Franco-German Summit is that President Nicolas Sarkozy won the backing of…


European integration that we can get behind

1 January 2012 12:56

Part of the magic of the New Year’s Day concert from the Vienna Philharmonic is knowing that millions are watching…


How democracy fared in 2011

31 December 2011 10:59

Even before we were a month in, 2011 was an historic year. Principally because in a region of the world…

The latest act in Europe’s comic opera

19 December 2011 22:25

If it was not all so serious, the efforts to save the single currency would be worthy of a comic…