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By Peter Wilding The British discourse about the euro is pretty much limited to a) shadenfreude and b) what happens when the euro falls apart. There is no serious consideration of what happens if the euro remains intact and the political consequence for the UK. As Stein Ringen says in the FTthis morning economists have cried […]

Bowing to the inevitable

By David Gow Berlin agrees to firewall boost, but falls short of market demands Ever the pragmatist, Angela Merkel is bowing to the inevitable and has signalled that Germany will lift its opposition to boosting the eurozone’s firewall(s) against sovereign debt contagion. On Friday, in Copenhagen, the eurogroup of finance ministers will formally approve the […]

By Matthew Lewis If there is one key area where the histories of the global financial crisis will differ between Anglo-American tellings, and eurozone accounts, it will be in the chapter entitled “Who was to blame?”. In Britain and America it was the banks who were to blame: Reckless borrowing, irresponsible lending, institutionalised rule-breaking. In […]

Le Comeback-Kid

By David Gow David Cameron’s judgment may well be vindicated: don’t write off Nicolas Sarkozy, he said, and, voila, lecomeback-kid remonte dans les sondages. The bloody end to the siege of Mohamed Merah in Toulouse and Sarkozy’s handling of the brutal murder of seven in the “pink city” has given the president’s re-election campaign a significant […]

By Peter Wilding. Although the Telegraph thinks that our fellow Europeans will be riled, the UK is urging other European governments to adopt the newly-minted British system of financial supervision. Mark Hoban, UK financial services minister, said that the Financial Reporting Committee’s job would be “taking away the punchbowl” from overheated markets. Speaking at a regulatory […]

European tolerance failing as crisis deepens divides By David Gow. French politicians have called a halt to campaigning in the presidential elections because of the horrific spate of “motorbike” murders in Toulouse. The political class is said to be in shock at the obviously racist – and anti-semitic, anti-muslim – motives behind the killings. It […]

Advances on WTD outside the usual “Britain versus Europe” prism go unreported by David Gow The EU is now being blamed by sections of the British Press for the fact that NHS trusts are “forced” to pay agency doctors “footballers’ wages” or up to £20,000 a week at a cost to the service of £2bn over […]

And the medicine ain’t working We certainly are all in this together when it comes to the great debate on growth versus austerity. At home we have the leaked letter from Vince Cable in which he attacks the coalition government of which he is a member, claiming that it lacks vision, ambition and confidence. Mr […]

It’s time we believed it. And reported it. Churlish, grumpy hostility is the default mode of British discourse on Europe. Plus a wilful indifference to take the great game of continental politics seriously. Sad. It is little wonder that Europe, to the people who built an Empire, means being the playground squirt throttled by the […]

Dave & Co. set new EU mantra

“Growth and jobs” writes David Gow from Brussels The ink is hardly dry on the second Greek bailout within less than two years and analysts and commentators are already looking towards a third package as the sheer depth of the growth-destroying austerity measures that accompany the €130bn “rescue” become apparent. Senior EU officials have been […]

By Petros Fassoulas For a while now the rhetorical narrative of those that advocate leaving the EU has been accompanied by a variety of alternatives to EU membership. Many ideas have been put forward, some quite ‘exotic’ or outright unrealistic, but there are two paradigms that are held up as the best possible options for […]

By Darren Ennis (from MHP Communications, Brussels) Plans for a European Union-wide Financial Transaction Tax are taking shape with battle lines drawn between member states ahead of the crunch EU leaders’ summit at the end of the month. The FTT has become the latest chapter in the bitter dispute between London and Brussels with David […]

By Ronald Stewart Brown Tensions have already risen on both sides of the Channel following David Cameron’s recent rejection of any new treaty which did not give the UK reasonable safeguards against damaging new single market and financial services regulation. These tensions can only rise further. Three years from now, a new voting system will […]

The last time there was a formal English border with Scotland was under the Romans, although for some parts of the middle ages both England and Scotland may have wished for one. Since then, it’s pretty much been come and go as you wish. Well, that may – at least hypothetically – change soon. This […]

I greatly welcome the publication by Open Europe of their paper on repatriating EU Social Policy. You can view the report here. It is of fundamental importance to the jobs and growth agenda in the UK, and is unique in that it quantifies the cost to the UK economy of complying with EU Social Policy […]

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