European Union

Viktor Orban is not abandoning Europe

25 February 2024 5:30 pm

The news that Hungary and China have signed a security pact, following a visit by to Budapest by Wang Xiaohong,…

The problem with Macron’s vision for Europe

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The Ukraine crisis has transformed international affairs, forcing countries the world over to rethink their alliances and interests. New patterns…

How Turkey is fuelling the Belarus-Poland migrant crisis

11 November 2021 5:35 am

In the cold, damp forest lining the border between Poland and Belarus, thousands of refugees flown over from the Middle…

Macron may well win. But Macronism is dead

14 October 2021 3:19 pm

President Emmanuel Macron was in an expansive mood this week as he commandeered the splendid beaux arts Grand Palais in…

Is the EU trying to hamstring the French military?

1 September 2021 4:30 pm

Much recent discussion has focussed on the collapse of Afghanistan and the decline of the West. The humiliating American-led Western…

Guy Verhofstadt claims Olympic gold for the EU

6 August 2021 7:00 am

Who is on top of the gold medal table at the Tokyo Olympics? China? The United States? According to former European…

The EU's decline is self-inflicted

28 March 2021 6:40 pm

In 1991, at the height of the first Gulf War, the EU demonstrated to the world its divisions and helplessness,…

The EU’s vaccine catastrophe is a crisis of its own making

25 January 2021 2:19 am

As news emerges that both Pfizer and AstraZeneca are cutting supplies of their Covid-19 vaccines to the EU by up…

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Brexit Britain will be the winner in the EU’s war on Joe Biden

16 November 2020 3:47 am

A new era of transatlantic cooperation will have begun. The United States will pivot towards Brussels. The trade wars will…

Britain’s bizarre Italian travel guidance

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Here’s a tip. When the Foreign Office advises against going somewhere, hop on the next plane. The mandarins have advised…


The US is coming out of COVID no worse than any European country

20 October 2020 6:07 am

It has become a received wisdom in recent months that the US has failed where the EU had succeeded. On…

Could the Covid crisis be an economic opportunity for Brexit Britain?

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

Could the Covid crisis be an economic opportunity for Brexit Britain?

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Britain must fight the EU’s nanny state urges

4 March 2020 4:05 am

The UK government has given the EU a Brexit deadline of four months. No. 10 is threatening to walk away from the negotiating table…

The cosmic magnetism of Trump and Brexit

30 May 2019 8:17 pm

Polite British eurosceptics still insist that Brexit isn’t Trump and Trump isn’t Brexit — as if that meant anything at…

There’s no going back on Brexit. But liberal policies are the way forward

16 June 2018 9:00 am

This week Brexit reached its Somme. The government has been bogged down in votes on amendments inserted into its Brexit…

Britain has lost control of the Brexit talks

24 March 2018 9:00 am

If Brexit was going to be as easy as some of its advocates had believed, we would not have had…

Open goal: Britain must embrace all Brexit’s freedoms

27 January 2018 9:00 am

A decade ago, bankers were not merely the masters of Davos, but the ‘masters of the universe’. No one calls…

Europe’s biggest Brexit fear? That we’ll flourish outside the EU

6 January 2018 9:00 am

What do Europeans really think about Brexit? Do they secretly admire our unexpected decision to walk away from all those…

The Brexit Breakdown

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May’s Brexit challenge is truly Herculean. Every time she believes she has done enough to finally move the Brexit…

Does Brexit mean anything anymore?

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Emma Bridgewater has, since 1985, produced pottery acceptable in tasteful middle-class kitchens. Some jars had Coffee on and some Biscuits.…

A £50 billion Brexit ‘divorce bill’ is a price worth paying

2 December 2017 9:00 am

There will be howls of outrage in some quarters if it is confirmed that the government has offered the EU…

The Irish stance against Brexit is a dangerous gamble

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Never has a European Council been so important to a British prime minister as this December’s is to Theresa May.…

Norway is hard on migrants – but tough love works

25 November 2017 9:00 am

When Angela Merkel invited refugees to Germany in 2015, tearing up the rules obliging migrants to seek asylum in the…

Prime Minister Theresa May at the summit of European Union (image: getty)

No deal is a good deal

21 October 2017 9:00 am

So Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker enjoyed a ‘broad and constructive exchange’ during their working dinner in Brussels. Last time…

The Spectator’s Notes

30 September 2017 9:00 am

You can see why Theresa May said in Florence that the British wished the European Union well in its plans…