Europe

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…

Why Hungary's opposition failed

5 April 2022 12:51 am

Viktor Orbán has now spent a total of 16 years as Hungary’s Prime Minister but he has not lost his hunger…

Germany's progressives have a Putin problem

28 March 2022 2:08 am

Eighty-nine years ago this week, the German Social Democrats in the Reichstag cast the only votes opposing Adolf Hitler’s dictatorial…

David Frost's solution to cool UK-EU relations

16 March 2022 5:40 am

Since David Frost quit the government in December over its political direction, he has not said that much about the…

Chernobyl Two?

11 March 2022 5:27 am

The electricity supply to the ruined nuclear plant at Chernobyl in Ukraine has been cut off. According to one knowledgeable…

'Staying Switzerland' on Ukraine is impossible

1 March 2022 2:27 am

The striking thing about the financial sanctions on Russia is not their severity, but just how many countries are joining…

Viktor Orbán has played a perfect game with Putin

1 March 2022 2:10 am

On 3 April Hungarians will have their ninth set of free parliamentary elections since the collapse of the communist dictatorship…

A new Europe is emerging from this crisis

27 February 2022 7:43 am

With every hour that Kiev holds out, the geopolitics of Europe changes more. Germany, which so values its prohibition on…

It’s time for Germany to stand up to Russia

26 February 2022 8:00 pm

In his novel The Loyal Subject, which appeared on the eve of the first world war, Heinrich Mann, the brother…

Putin’s invasion has exposed the frailty of Europe’s armies

26 February 2022 6:05 pm

Putin’s forces are currently steamrolling Ukraine’s defences, with Russian troops circling the capital and invading from the south and east…

Europe is painfully reliant on Putin

24 February 2022 10:05 pm

Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine in the early hours of this morning, starting with a massive air attack from…

Are the lights about to go out across Europe?

23 February 2022 3:40 am

Today’s snap decision by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to halt Nord Stream 2 — the new pipeline intended to export…

It's too late to break Europe's gas reliance on Russia

22 February 2022 11:39 pm

So, Nord Stream 2 will not be plugged into Germany’s gas grid. A little surprisingly, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been…