Michel Barnier

Macron and Barnier chase the nationalist vote

16 November 2021 2:54 am

For centrists of a certain age, few names are more likely to tug the heartstrings than Emmanuel Macron and Michel…

Bloc buster: David Frost on Brexit, Barnier and the backstop

22 May 2021 9:00 am

David Frost on Brexit, Barnier and the backstop

What Europe could learn from Britain’s new migration system

15 May 2021 9:00 am

While the EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has no formal role in devising the bloc’s immigration policy, his…

Brexit talks go down to the wire

4 December 2020 7:47 pm

After the past few years, it is hard to take Brexit deadlines seriously; they have a tendency to always slide…

Coronavirus has exposed the EU’s greatest flaw

12 July 2020 4:00 pm

Politics begins and ends with sovereignty: the duty and right to make the legitimate final decision. We have seen this…

Revealed: Michel Barnier and France's Brexit stitch-up

14 March 2020 8:01 pm

The glaring difference between the EU and British negotiating goals has been brought into plain sight. In readiness for the…

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…

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…

Now May’s talking tough over Brexit, we might actually get somewhere

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Ever since Theresa May declared that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ she has seemed to be drifting…

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…

Back off, Barnier – you don’t need to invent obstacles to Brexit

3 March 2018 9:00 am

There’s an unwritten law governing Boris Johnson in Westminster: every-thing he says or does is a gaffe, or can be…

Michel Barnier (image: Getty)

Lost in translation

21 October 2017 9:00 am

If Michel Barnier and David Davis, in their regular dialogue of the deaf, seem to be inhabiting different mental universes,…

Call Barnier’s bluff

2 September 2017 9:00 am

There is a growing perception that Britain is floundering in its EU negotiations, with a professional team from Brussels running…

The dark clouds threatening Brexit

29 July 2017 9:00 am

It’s summertime and the living is easy… unless you’re a civil servant working on Brexit. Whitehall has recognised that the…

The view from Germany

15 July 2017 9:00 am

 Frankfurt ‘This is not about punishing Great Britain,’ declared Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s interim foreign secretary, on his recent visit to…