Europe

Portrait of the week: EU negotiations, genderless babies and Brexit in court

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Home ‘I will uphold the constitution, I will obey the law, but we will come out on 31 October,’ Boris…

David Cameron would be a winner in Ancient Greece

21 September 2019 9:00 am

David Cameron is convinced he was right to call a referendum and to promise to enact it. Justifiably: there was…

Brexit has its risks. But staying in the EU is now unthinkable

7 September 2019 9:00 am

This is one of the most crucial weeks in modern British history. We have a prime minister and cabinet who…

Letters: civil servants have ruined our trains

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Travelling in discomfort Sir: I don’t agree with much of what Matthew Parris says these days, but he was spot…

Somebody drawing a border between Britain and Europe in the Channel

Europeans have started to change their minds on Brexit

3 August 2019 9:00 am

The conviction has been spreading among French people in recent days that les Britanniques have just elected Donald Trump. The…

Would no-deal Brexit be a disaster? Probably not – and here’s why

13 July 2019 9:00 am

How bad would a no-deal Brexit really be? This is now perhaps the most important question in politics, and the…

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…

A lament for the UK and the US

11 May 2019 9:00 am

New York   Here’s a question for you: if your wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, toy boy even, lied repeatedly to…

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Dear Remainer parliament: you won. Now revoke Article 50 – if you dare

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Dear Remainer parliament. Although we’re the voters who spurned the petition for this very course of action, we the undersigned…

If the EU refuses an extension, voters want a no-deal Brexit. MPs should listen

6 April 2019 9:00 am

One of the many tragedies of Theresa May’s premiership is that, having come up with a coherent policy on how…

How to solve Europe’s Nato problem

23 February 2019 9:00 am

There are four major power blocs in the world — the United States, Russia, China and the EU. Of these,…

Europe’s culture clash: Macron vs Salvini is a battle over a continent’s soul

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Two weeks ago Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s vice-premier and Labour Minister and the top politician of the Five Star Movement…

Europe still thinks Britain will come out worse from Brexit. Bless

2 February 2019 9:00 am

In Paris in December, I sat with a journalist friend in a café on the Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui and listened to…

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Why 1919 wasn’t the year it’s cracked up to be

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad The funny thing is that I was at school with a man called Ted Widmer, and I recently read…

Portrait of the week: Moment of truth for Theresa May’s Brexit deal

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, defended a 500-page technical draft of the agreement on withdrawal from the European Union.…

Not so fast Monsieur Pompidou: The Queen in Paris in 1972

Elizabeth, the Eurosceptic queen

15 September 2018 9:00 am

There has been much inconclusive speculation on the Queen’s views on Brexit. In 2016, the Sun asserted that she was…

Macron vs Salvini: the ideological battle for Europe’s future

8 September 2018 9:00 am

The first sign that Matteo Salvini was destined to do battle with Emmanuel Macron came in June, a few days…

Brexit means Boris

4 August 2018 9:00 am

A few months before he died in 2007, Bill Deedes asked if I would come to see him at his…

Bernard-Henri Lévy: ‘Brexit will not happen’

26 May 2018 9:00 am

I meet Bernard-Henri Lévy in a colossally luxurious hotel on a tree-lined avenue just behind the Elysée Palace. The French…

Why British radio plays can’t compete with those from the Continent

7 April 2018 9:00 am

To Herne Bay in Kent for the UK International Radio Drama Festival: 50 plays from 17 countries in 15 languages…

East vs West: the new battle for Europe

27 January 2018 9:00 am

The occasion was a central European conference on the subversive disinformation campaigns of Putin’s Russia (which, incidentally, are real, subtle,…

Radio 3 offers a refreshing antidote to the current conversations about Europe

16 December 2017 9:00 am

The season of Advent, for most children, means anticipation, gleeful waiting, the counting down of days. But after a certain…

Racism is a grey area

28 October 2017 9:00 am

This book is an exercise in crying wolf that utterly fails to prove its main thesis: that Europe is abandoning…

Losing our religion

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Sir James MacMillan’s European Requiem, performed at the Proms on Sunday, isn’t about Brexit. The composer had to make this…

Poor conduct

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Last weekend Daniel Barenboim brought the Staatskapelle Berlin to perform at the BBC Proms for a cycle of Elgar’s symphonies.…