Europe

What Xi wants in Europe

11 May 2024 9:00 am

On a quiet street in Belgrade, a bronze statue of Confucius stands in front of a perforated white block, the…

Europe has no answer to its immigration problem

4 May 2024 9:00 am

Pulling off the rhetorical trick that Brexit would undermine the Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement, Michel Barnier, the EU negotiator,…

In defence of the EU

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Eastern Europe is the graveyard of empires. Rome failed on the Danube, Napoleon on the Dnieper. The epic struggle between…

Judgment call: the case for leaving the ECHR

30 September 2023 9:00 am

What’s to stop us leaving the ECHR?

You think British trains are bad? Try German ones

5 August 2023 9:00 am

I found Jean-Pierre standing at a half-open window gulping down lungfuls of stale Dutch air as our night train chuntered,…

My verdict on Eurovision

20 May 2023 9:00 am

I had the sudden suspicion, at about ten o’clock on Saturday night, that I was the only straight male in…

Europe is turning against net zero

20 May 2023 9:00 am

Europe’s net-zero backlash

The EU is alienating eastern Europe

18 April 2023 9:14 pm

For most of its 66 years of existence, a vital part of the EU’s mission has been the inexorable expansion…

Does Ukrainian exist?

2 October 2022 5:00 pm

After six months of war in Ukraine, most observers agree that the roots of Russian aggression lie in the country’s…

Europe’s descent into deindustrialisation

30 September 2022 4:00 pm

The rapid economic collapse that Britain is facing is simply an accelerated version of what the whole of Europe is…

Will Meloni be able to govern Italy?

26 September 2022 8:10 pm

Mario Draghi’s national unity government lost badly in yesterday’s Italian election – worse even than the polls predicted. Fratelli d’Italia,…

Europe’s new migrant crisis

21 August 2022 5:50 pm

Earlier this month I spent a week in Sicily, driving south from Palermo to Agrigento and then east to Syracuse…

Europe’s looming energy wars

11 August 2022 2:15 am

This summer marks a truce. But if, as expected, Liz Truss becomes prime minister, it is almost inevitable that tensions…

Ukrainians aren't surprised by Amnesty's victim-blaming

9 August 2022 12:12 am

Is Amnesty International victim-blaming? The Ukrainian military has been endangering civilians, it said, by establishing military bases and putting weapons…

Viktor Orbán's Texas rodeo

6 August 2022 1:35 am

Say what you want about Viktor Orbán, but he gives a good speech. His address on Thursday in Dallas on…

Is war brewing between Serbia and Kosovo?

3 August 2022 2:16 am

Serbia and Kosovo are close to conflict. Of all things, a dispute over car number plates is threatening the fragile…

The next PM must be ready for Putin

20 July 2022 9:35 pm

Westminster is understandably obsessed with the question of who makes the final two of the Tory leadership race, but today…

How Justin Trudeau caved to Putin

13 July 2022 12:33 am

When Russia invaded Ukraine, the West was certain that its sanctions were worth the pain. But there always was a…

The problem with euro-dollar parity

12 July 2022 6:20 pm

The euro is nearly level with the dollar. It should not matter in theory, because of the relatively low share…

Macron vs the deep state

2 June 2022 11:47 pm

French diplomats are on strike today. But will anyone notice? Not to be immodest, I am especially well qualified to…

How Russia wins

30 May 2022 8:30 pm

It is still too early to predict the outcome of the war in Ukraine. Russia has certainly solidified its position…

EU: normal disservice resumes

30 April 2022 9:00 am

In the past few months, relations between the UK and the EU have been the best they have been since…

Michel Houellebecq may be honoured by the French establishment, but he’s no fan of Europe

23 April 2022 9:00 am

For many years, Michel Houellebecq was patronised by the French literary establishment as an upstart, what with his background in…

Boris and Scholz parade the new Europe

9 April 2022 3:00 pm

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has changed Europe forever. That was the argument that Boris Johnson made on Friday when he…

Putin’s war is a disaster for Russia

9 April 2022 9:00 am

  Strasbourg Europhobes will never have a better argument against European integration than the seat of the European parliament in…