John Keiger

Meet Macron's politically incorrect justice minister

8 July 2020 5:56 pm

Picture the greatest French criminal barrister of his generation with the physique and cantankerousness of Rumpole-of-the-Bailey and the media-strutting ‘blokishness’…

Macron has just dropped a clanger

4 July 2020 4:29 am

His name is unknown, but resonates like that of a character from Astérix the Gaul. Jean Castex is France’s new…

Macron has 500 days to save himself

26 June 2020 6:15 pm

The clock is ticking for Emmanuel Macron. He has under two years of his presidential mandate to carry out his…

Macron is trying to bathe in de Gaulle’s glory. It won't work

17 June 2020 6:53 pm

Emmanuel Macron never misses an historical opportunity to emblazon his banner. One is reminded of the nineteenth century diplomat Talleyrand…

Some 80 per cent of Poles say they want to stay in the European Union

The European Union may never have its ‘Hamilton moment’

13 June 2020 4:45 pm

The European Union has always been quintessentially risk averse. What a surprise therefore to see it jeopardising its very existence…

Macron is facing an economic disaster

10 June 2020 11:35 pm

Last week theNew York Times praised President Macron’s management of Covid-19 and asked why the French were not impressed. None…

Inside the final act of the Brexit drama

3 June 2020 7:51 pm

The fourth round of official Brexit negotiations resumed on Tuesday, screen-to-screen. They will determine whether the stalemate can be broken…

A no-deal Brexit is now all but inevitable

30 May 2020 4:30 pm

Coronavirus is obscuring much about the future of the EU – and Britain’s relationship with it. Not everyone is joining…

France’s bid to tame the German giant

15 May 2020 11:12 pm

Why does president Macron want European debt mutualisation? Why has France become the spokesman for the ‘southern states’ on a…

Covid statistics are just politics by other means

5 May 2020 9:57 pm

Statistics is the continuation of politics by other means, to misquote Clausewitz. One hundred and fifty years after the crushing…

Meet the Frenchman who has shaped the world's response to coronavirus

19 April 2020 4:06 pm

Projecting the fight against Covid as a war on a virus – like the war on terror – tells us…

We need to brace ourselves for a new global order after coronavirus

13 April 2020 8:33 pm

How will states perceive themselves and each other after the pandemic? This is not just a matter of narcissism; it is…

A hard Frexit needn't be a disaster for France

10 April 2020 3:49 pm

With European solidarity impaled on the coronavirus epidemic, talk of Frexit is surfacing again. But how could Frexit be organised?…

Could coronavirus lead to Frexit?

4 April 2020 7:01 pm

Is France flirting with the idea of Frexit again? Coronavirus is currently provoking a chorus of ‘reprendre le contrôle’ (take…

France’s downward spiral of coronavirus repression

24 March 2020 11:48 pm

In France there is a palpable sense of administrative and political panic in how to deal with the coronavirus epidemic.…

Coronavirus means the EU will never be the same again

22 March 2020 5:51 pm

The European project was built on the idea of rendering future war among European states impossible. The EU is programmed…

Revealed: Michel Barnier and France's Brexit stitch-up

14 March 2020 8:01 pm

The glaring difference between the EU and British negotiating goals has been brought into plain sight. In readiness for the…

How might a big Boris victory change Britain?

4 December 2019 12:39 am

If Boris Johnson wins a clear majority on 12 December, it could mark a big turning point in British history.…

Expect fireworks at this week’s Nato summit

2 December 2019 4:49 am

This week is seminal for Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron. Boris, in Watford, is hosting one of the most important…

Jacques Chirac leaves behind a limited legacy

26 September 2019 11:39 pm

The death today of the Fifth Republic’s fifth president, at the age of 86, is also the passing of its…

Can France keep Germany in check after Brexit?

24 August 2019 7:46 pm

‘France has a German policy, she has no other’, remarked the seasoned observer of international affairs and future editor of…

Emmanuel Macron could be Boris Johnson’s Brexit saviour

20 August 2019 8:38 pm

One thing on which Remainers and Brexiteers can agree is that Brexit delayed is Brexit denied. The government continues to…

The moment the European project first went wrong

10 July 2019 6:21 pm

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

How Britain can make life difficult for the EU during the Brexit extension

15 April 2019 6:00 pm

It is not good form for the British to be awkward and obstructive. The art of the compromise was the…

Could Brexit lead to Frexit?

8 April 2019 6:00 pm

Struggling to understand the ways of the French, the francophile Winston Churchill reflected whimsically in 1942: ‘The Almighty in His…