Mark Higgie

Euro notes

27 June 2020 9:00 am

How DFAT (yet again) let us down Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s robust initiative in leading the call for an independent…

Euro notes

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Two countries divided by a common pandemic In late 1970, British prime minister Ted Heath learnt that his Australian counterpart…

Euro notes

8 May 2020 11:00 pm

Europe’s bogus bogeyman The coronavirus pandemic is proving a tough time for the Left. The all-consuming focus on a real…

Euro notes

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Tories in the time of Coronavirus Who would have thought until a few weeks ago that Boris Johnson’s success over…

Euro notes

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Auf Wiedersehen, Willkommenspolitik What a difference five years makes. In the European summer of 2015, a huge wave of illegal…

London notes

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Drinking English champagne A visit to London to watch the end of Britain’s 47-year membership of the European project reveals…

So, how did I do?

16 December 2019 9:09 pm

Few tasks are more daunting than writing an election forecast which won’t appear in print until after the result; so…

England diary

16 November 2019 9:00 am

In two recent visits to England, the ostensibly Conservative government has allowed the Extinction Rebellion extremists to shut down central…

Euro notes

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Hungary rhapsody for Tony Abbott If only the voters of Warringah had been Hungarian. The land of goulash and paprika,…

Molotov’s poisonous cocktail

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Yesterday’s 80th anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, the curtain-raiser for Hitler’s invasion of Poland a week later,…

Euronotes

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Re-stocking the knacker’s yard If there is an Englishman more hated by the European establishment than Boris Johnson, it’s Nigel…

Euronotes

6 July 2019 9:00 am

The hybrid Boris Johnson How is it that the likeable Boris Johnson has become such a hate-figure? The British Left…

European notes

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Inside the knacker’s yard Why should we care about the European Union’s elections? The most famous thing about the European…

London notes

25 May 2019 9:00 am

A Right shambles One of the glories of London is its vast Hyde Park and adjoining Kensington Gardens. On a…

Diary

23 March 2019 9:00 am

A visit to Britain reveals growing anxiety that we’re witnessing the Great Brexit Betrayal. One of Twitter’s funniest and most…

The march of Europe’s nationalists

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Brexit will be the defining event for Europe in 2019. But another big story will also hog the headlines: the…

Conservative notes

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Lefty Tory Brits Arriving in London for a posting at Australia House during the dying days of the Blair government,…

Spanish diary

8 December 2018 9:00 am

On arriving for the first time in decades on Spanish soil I realise that the last time I visited –…

Turnbull’s ‘progressive’ legacy

1 September 2018 9:00 am

In August 2011 the Australian American Leadership Dialogue talkfest convened in Perth and one of its sessions was a panel…

London diary

11 August 2018 9:00 am

One of the things I used to look forward to on London visits was the theatre; but too often now…

Austro-Hungarian diary

21 July 2018 9:00 am

One of the great pleasures of spending time in Budapest is admiring the city’s restoration. Despite war, communism and 1956,…

Hungarian notes

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Merkel’s nemesis Before German Chancellor Angela Merkel picked a fight with her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbán in 2015 by opening…

Eyeballing DFAT

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The problem with our foreign affairs bureaucracy isn’t just the consistent political correctness and suspicion of the Coalition. Much time…

Eyeballing DFAT

10 February 2018 9:00 am

In republican Canberra, admiration for British tradition is thin. But in one respect it’s alive and well. Our career mandarins…