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Britain and the EU

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Sound, fury and nothing significant NEW
There Willby Blood 4 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
"Good lord ... Is that it?" That was my immediate reaction to reading David Cameron's Telegraph article. Barely a few days after Carl Bildt admitted that he had no idea what it was that London wanted from Europe, we were told the Prime Minister...
Cameron’s double blackmail NEW
Richard Corbett 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Last night, in a debate at Leeds University, I described the Prime Minister’s strategy on Europe as double blackmail — first of fellow EU members and then of the British electorate. There is nothing democratic about a plan to renegotiate...
The UK’s opposition to the EU is driven by a lack of information and undirected hostility NEW
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
The UK has always had a contentious relationship with the European Union. John McCormick argues that this relationship has been hampered by popular misunderstandings, driven by a lack of credible information and general hostility towards European int...
The UK’s Labour Party faces a conundrum over offering a referendum on the EU NEW
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 17 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
The British Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to hold a referendum on the UK’s EU membership should he win a majority at the next general election. Simon Usherwood writes on the policy of the opposition Labour Party, who are … Con...
Brexit: so what? NEW
Whose world order? – ECFR’s blog 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 10 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
United Kingdom: a country once admired in the European Union, but now in the dumps. Brexit: the term used for the UK’s exit from the European Union, a real possibility in view of what the polls areRead more…...
Warum EU und Mitgliedsstaaten verpflichtet sind, eine schottische EU-Mitgliedschaft zu fördern NEW
Verfassungsblog 5 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 40 Minutes ago
Ein mögliches eigenständiges Schottland stellt die EU vor rechtliche Herausforderungen. Denn die europäischen Verträge enthalten keine speziellen Regelungen für den Fall, dass ein Teil eines EU-Mitgliedsstaates unabhängi...
S/he who frames the case wins the argument on the EU NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 1 Year, 6 Days, 7 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
According to Philip Stephens in the FT “Facts finally collide with ideology on Europe“, as his column gives solid backing to the FCO’s Balance of Competences review. The reports are...
David Cameron’s Oily Evasions NEW
Simon Nixon 1 Year, 2 Months, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
David Cameron attacked the E.U. for introducing a ban on restaurants serving olive oil in unlabelled containers that the U.K. had passively supported. The U.K. Prime Minister owes the British public a proper explanation.
Zelo Street: Benefit Tourism – Or Maybe Not NEW
zelo-street.blogspot.co.uk, 1 Year, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Business backs Cameron's call for a mandate on Europe NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Year, 6 Months, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
A letter in today's Times from some leading UK business people supporting Cameron's approach:EU reforms must come before any membership referendumBusiness faces ever more burdens from Brussels and the single market in Europe has not yet been fully re...
"David Cameron’s Argument will relegate the EU-UK Relationship to the Periphery" by Julian Priestley NEW
Social Europe 1 Year, 6 Months, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Julian Priestley takes an in-depth look at David Cameron’s speech on the UK’s relationship with Europe. He finds that that it fell into familiar Eurosceptic fallacies about the EU, ignored linkages between regulation and the internal...
The top 5 posts on Cameron's speech NEW
liberallaboratory.wordpress.com, 1 Year, 6 Months, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
David Cameron’s EU Speech NEW
Politics in Britain 1 Year, 6 Months, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Prime Minister David Cameron today promised to hold a referendum on the UK’s position in the EU, if he is re-elected in the 2015 general elections. His much-awaited speech on Europe started off by paying homage to veterans of World Wa...
From outside, it's clear why Britain has to stay in Europe | Timothy Garton Ash NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Year, 6 Months, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Cameron's speech could have been a lot worse, but five years of anxious uncertainty are bad news for Europe and the worldSo now we know: Europe will be roiled by internal turmoil for another five years. While Germany, France and others wrestle to bui...
Cameron's poker face? NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Year, 6 Months, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
No, Europe hasn't collectively turned against Cameron (which you would think from reading headlines like these - seriously?). Though several politicians from around Europe haven't exactly come out celebrating following Cameron's speech - which doesn'...
EU reform: Cameron and Miliband have a duty to act as statesmen | David Owen NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Year, 6 Months, 1 Week, 8 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Treaty amendment should not wait until 2015 – and Labour should co-operate, in the spirit of one-nation politicsIt is a reflection of disarray both within his own party and in the coalition that David Cameron has virtually abdicated from the debate...
"Why do the British don’t like the EU?" by Maja Rasmussen NEW
Social Europe 1 Year, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Watch Dr Maja Rasmussen of the London School of Economics and Political Science discuss the current feeling in Britain towards the EU and possibilities for the future if Britain decides to change its relationship with the EU.
‘For 40 years Britain has benefited’ - SW MEP Watson reflects on 40 years of UK membership of EEC/EU NEW
La Treizième Étoile 1 Year, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Today - 1st January 2013 - marks exactly 40 years since the day the United Kingdom joined the European Economic Community, now the European Union. To mark the occasion, long-serving South West Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson has reflected on w...
In an EU referendum, what does NO mean? NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 1 Year, 7 Months, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
If Shaun Woodward in today’s Guardian is to be believed, it seems some sort of plan is emerging in David Cameron’s mind with regard to an EU referendum in the...
Enlightenment pro-EU, versus values based pro-EU – some thoughts about Garton Ash and an in-out referendum NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 1 Year, 7 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 3 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
So Timothy Garton Ash has nailed his colours to the mast in The Guardian, and stated the case for an in-or-out of the EU referendum in the UK to be held sometime between 2015 and 2020. Loads of people are jumping up and down about TGA’s piece &...
“We’re standing up for Britain” or “We’re all in this together” – ways to explain the EU budget NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 1 Year, 7 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
A tweet by Emma Burnell pointed me towards this blog post by Tracy Hill about UKIP, and the threat they pose to Labour. You can read the whole blog post to look at the stuff about UKIP, but there is one paragraph I will highlight, for it shows the pr...
Neue Grundrechte für Großbritannien? NEW
www.verfassungsblog.de, 1 Year, 7 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 28 Minutes ago
LEVESON, BLAIR, EU: a tale of media untruths NEW
Nucleus 1 Year, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Lawrence Brewer Wednesday, 05 December 2012 The Leveson Inquiry report published last week includes a list of how the British Press misleads the public with regard to the EU and other non-existent bans – like...
"Is Britain sliding into an EU Exit?" by John Palmer NEW
Social Europe 1 Year, 8 Months, 22 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
A remarkable political consensus is emerging both within Britain and across much of the European Union that the UK is heading inexorably towards withdrawal from the EU. Opinions differ about the speed of a potential British exit and also about precis...
UK Labour and the EU NEW
The European Citizen 1 Year, 8 Months, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 17 Minutes ago
In Britain, Labour is in a curious spot. After it allied with Eurosceptic Tory rebels to defeat the government on a non-binding motion on the EU budget, Labour Leader Ed Miliband tried to outline a sort of pro-European realism (interview with The Tel...
The real value of the EU for Britain is geopolitical NEW
Whose world order? – ECFR’s blog 1 Year, 8 Months, 1 Week, 20 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
  Britain is reconsidering its relationship with the continent. The country has never felt fully comfortable with its membership in an EU that has been conceived, after World War II, as aRead more…...
Mail article on EU banning books dismissed as 'nonsense' NEW
Tabloid Watch (Europe) 1 Year, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
The Mail claims the EU is now looking to ban...the Famous Five:James Chapman explains:Books which portray ‘traditional’ images of mothers caring for their children or fathers going out to work could be barred from schools under proposals from Bru...
Norway highlights need for UK engagement with the EU NEW
Business for New Europe Blog 1 Year, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
By Conor Brennan Speaking at the All Party Parliamentary Group on the EU on Monday 5 November, Professor Fredrik Sejersted, director of European Law at the University of Oslo said that Norway’s relationship with the EU is based on “dynamic homoge...
David Cameron's chance for real reform of the EU budget NEW
PublicServiceEurope.com editor's blog 1 Year, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 17 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
We need a productive restructuring of the EU budget and David Cameron should attempt to negotiate a 'grand bargain' for a smaller growth-focused budget with other leaders - argues Glenn Gottfried...
Can Angela Merkel talk Cameron into being a more flexible ally? | Katinka Barysch NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Year, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
As the German leader visits Downing St, she has worries about keeping her economically liberal-minded EU partner in the unionThe vexed EU budget is supposed to be the main topic of discussion when Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, meets David Came...
Much ado about little: Britain and the EU budget NEW
Centre for European Reform 1 Year, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
As almost all European governments are cutting spending, it is hardly a surprise that the EU’s budget is under fire. The European Commission has rather optimistically proposed a real terms increase of five per cent in total spending over the next b...
Beyond posturing, Germany knows that the UK is needed in the EU NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Year, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
We have a piece in today's Telegraph, where we argue,Last week, even as British MPs were voting down the Government’s position on the EU budget, I was attending a European discussion of a very different kind. In a conference room in Berlin – at a...
Britain’s EU bill explained without the anti-European hype NEW
The Honeyball Buzz 1 Year, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Mark Reckless, Bill Cash, Douglas Carswell and the other feral Tory Eurosceptics are quite simply wrong on the EU budget. At best they have either not bothered to do their homework or quite simply and naively believe the plethora of … Continue...
Nick Clegg wants “engaged and balanced” approach to the EU NEW
Business for New Europe Blog 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 13 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
By Conor Brennan  The UK will become “isolated and marginalised” if it is “pulled towards the edge” of the European Union stated Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Thursday 1 November. Clegg criticised the “proposals doing the rounds” o...
Merkel’s British Firestorm Comes Early NEW
WSJ: The Eurocrisis 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 15 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
A huge effigy of Angela Merkel doing a Nazi salute (with the wrong arm) and bursting out of the Acropolis of Athens was burned during a bonfire and fireworks show in England, in an incident that comes 48 hours before U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron...
UK 'cannot afford' Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants NEW
PublicServiceEurope.com editor's blog 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 17 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
In 2014 there will be an unprecedented crime wave in Britain if we do not stop Romanian and Bulgarian citizens having open door access to British borders, claims Godfrey Bloom...
Britain battling 'alone' against EU in Council of Ministers NEW
PublicServiceEurope.com editor's blog 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 21 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
The UK's frustration with the EU is reflected in the voting records of the Council of Ministers, where David Cameron's government often battles alone against 26 member states. Not since the Margaret Thatcher era, if ever, has Britain been as Euroscep...
Tories go feminist on europe: IDS says ‘we can have it all’ NEW
Nucleus 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 23 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Peter Wilding Tuesday, 06 November 2012 Pressed by Andrew Marr on whether he believed that Britain would flourish if it did leave the EU, Iain Duncan Smith said: 'My view isn't that we could do necessarily outs...
Clegg’s instincts are right but his bid to assert himself just looks desperate NEW
The Honeyball Buzz 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 37 Minutes ago
Repatriation of powers from the European Union to Britain remains a thorn in David Cameron’s side. The movement for “Europe Light” initially dreamt up, I believe, by William Hague back in the mists of time, is really causing the Prime … C...
Londres durcit son NON au budget NEW
Euros du Village 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 15 Minutes ago
Encore une défaite pour le premier ministre britannique, David Cameron, sur le budget européen. Le Parlement britannique (grâce à une alliance eurosceptique droite-gauche) a adopté une motion demandant au gouvernement britannique de s'opposer à...
What has Europe ever done for us? NEW
Whose world order? – ECFR’s blog 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
The UK's main political parties begin to scratch their old itches on Europe again - the budget, the rebate, subsidiarity, and the classic debate on whether we should be in or out of the EU. ARead more…...
Nick Clegg fell for a euromyth NEW
Kosmopolito 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Last week  Nick Clegg presented his vision for the UK in Europe.  Of course there could have been a bit more ‘vision’ but well…  In an attempt to earn some street cred  and  to appeal to his coalition partner (yes – hard...
Labour must not let Britain drift into a European exit | Jackie Ashley NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 13 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
After last week's political opportunism, Ed Miliband has to ensure his party counters the nation's growing anti-EU sentimentEurope has become the place where nothing quite happens. David Cameron goes to Brussels demanding a freeze in the EU budget, w...
Making the eurozone fit for the challenges of the 1990s NEW
A Fistful of Euros 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
British economist Jonathan Portes remembers the UK’s exit from the Exchange Rate Mechanism: We argued that the fundamental problem was that we’d joined the ERM at the wrong rate; sterling was overvalued, meaning that we were stuck with a...
Trains, boats and planes - Britain and the EU NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 18 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
As I wrote recently, a question raised recently by Alexander Stubb, Finland's Europe minister was that of whether Britain is drifting away from the EU (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/us-eu-britain-finland-idUSBRE89H19J20121018).In doi...
To get the best deal on the EU budget we must engage with our natural allies NEW
Eurology 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 19 Hours ago
Although the Commons vote on the EU budget isn’t binding, the Government is now under pressure to make demands that simply cannot be met. Calling for a real-terms cut in the EU budget would not only be unrealistic, but would … Continue re...
This latest Tory rebellion was not just cynical, it was completely bogus | Andrew Rawnsley NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
The result of the unholy alliance between Tory Europhobes and Labour will be to increase the cost of the EUMy congratulations to Mark Reckless – you couldn't make up a more splendid name for a Conservative MP – and the 52 other Tory rebels who te...
The referendum NEW
Kosmopolito 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
Some thoughts on a EU referendum in the UK (scribbled down a couple of weeks ago – the debate is so annoying so I thought I publish them without turning them into a fully thought through article) (1) First of all we should not fool ourselves: P...
The Euro Sausage NEW
Europe 27etc 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 22 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Yes Minister – The Euro Sausage...
A multispeed EU with a core group & Goodbye Britain NEW
kielspratineurope 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Crisis has shown the real European face Hard to admit but the European Union has to face reality finally to shape its very own future. The financial crisis in the EU put solidarity to a test and showed that you cannot rely on a common European spirit...
Orçamento da UE | O verdadeiro teste para a Grã-Bretanha na UE (The Daily Telegraph, Londres) NEW
Presseurop Blogue (PT) 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Em 31 de outubro, os conservadores eurocéticos uniram forças aos trabalhistas, para fazer passar uma emenda, exigindo cortes no orçamento da UE. A votação marcou uma grande derrota para o primeiro-ministro David Cameron, que pode ter ficado encu...
“Barmy EU plans for hair salons” as the Sun says? Or hair salons themselves asking for EU legislation? NEW
European Commission in the UK 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Number of View: 84Here we respond point by point to the Sun’s article from 28 October 2012, headlined: “Hairdressers are battling barmy EU plans to outlaw high-heels and jewellery at work” The “plans” were put forward not by the “barmy EU...
EU-Haushalt | Geld oder Europa, David? (The Daily Telegraph, London) NEW
Presseurop Blog (DE) 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Die britische Regierung soll eine Kürzung des EU-Haushalts verlangen, fordern unisono die Konservativen und Labour. Damit zwingen sie Premier David Cameron in eine Kompromisslosigkeit, die in Verhandlungen nur schwer aufrechtzuerhalten sein wird. Do...
German, Austrian and UK media on Britain in EU NEW
Babelblogs 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
On 1 November British prime minister David Cameron announced that he plans to obey the will of his parliament at the EU budget summit at the end of November and use his power of veto if the result is not in the interests of the UK. While some comment...
Eurosphere roundup: Swiss army prepares for euro unrest (!), “Britain has become an open prison to migrants” and more… NEW
Erkan's field diary 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Swiss army prepares for euro unrest from FP Passport by Joshua Keating   Greek Journalist Arrested for Publishing List of Alleged Tax Evaders from Global Voices Online by Asteris Masouras Greece: Public TV Journalists Fired After Criticizing Min...
Rozpočet EU | Británii čeká v EU skutečná zkouška (The Daily Telegraph, Londýn) NEW
Presseurop Blogy (CZ) 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Při hlasování v dolní sněmovně britského parlamentu spojili euroskeptičtí konzervativci své síly s labouristy a podařilo se jim tak schválit dodatek zákona, který žádá snížení rozpočtu EU. Pro premiéra Davida Camerona představ...
En god grund til at Storbritannien bliver i EU NEW
Filip Schwartz Kirkegaard 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Jeg er i gang med at læse manifestet “For Europe!” af Daniel “Danny” Cohn-Bendit og Guy Verhofstadt. Det er de mest højtravende føderalister i EU-Parlamentet, måske kun med EU-Parlamentets formand Martin Schultz som ligema...
Nick Clegg’s opposition to renegotiation could risk the UK’s EU membership NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Following Nick Clegg's Europe speech at Chatham House yesterday, we argued on the Spectator's Coffee House blog,Nick Clegg this morning fell into the usual ‘all or nothing’ fallacy on Europe. He said: ‘As soon as we start talking about repatri...
"Labour's shameful EU budget vote" by George Irvin NEW
Social Europe 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
The Labour Party was congratulating itself yesterday on having joined with Tory rebels to defeat the Tory-led government by voting to cut the EU budget. In truth, this was sheer opportunism. While the two Eds (Miliband and Balls) may believe that sup...
Labour, you've made your point about the EU – now make the case for it | Polly Toynbee NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
In tough times it is only right that the EU budget be trimmed, but the left must never forget the benefits of membershipPolitics is often a rough trade, everyone knows it and the public despises its practitioners for it. It was ever thus, back to anc...
Labour’s approach to EU budget reform is all wrong NEW
Labourlist 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
If anyone in the Labour Party should know how the European Union works it’s Peter Hain. A member of the Convention of the Future of Europe in the early 2000s, Hain will have seen how sensible proposals, compellingly argued, can lead to results...
Commons defeat on EU budget NEW
EU Debate 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
The House of Commons recently voted against the government on the issue of the EU budget (by 307 votes to 294), demanding that the EU budget for the next 7 years be 'reduced in real terms'.Naturally the eurosceptics have been overjoyed by this news.
Clegg on Europe: the details are complicated, the overall message is clear NEW
MHP Blog 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
So, Nick Clegg wants the UK to stay part of cross-European anti-crime arrangements and will do so by agreeing to opt out of them all. Plus he isn’t happy with plans to increase the EU’s budget and wants to block them by opposing cuts in the budge...
EU budget: Ed Miliband twisted the knife but the Tory right held the handle | Richard Seymour NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
On Europe, Miliband has shown that he can be opportunistic, but that's all he can hope for from his side of the houseIn yesterday's parliamentary debate, Ed Miliband pointedly compared David Cameron to John Major. He knew what he was doing. In a few...
Drohen mit dem Brexit NEW
Lost in EUrope 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Der britische Premier Cameron hat überraschend eine Abstimmung zum EU-Budget im Unterhaus verloren. Vielen Abgeordneten reicht die von Cameron verlangte Einfrierung des Rahmenplans für die Jahre 2014 bis 2020 nicht aus, sie fordern eine radikale K
EU budget rebellion: David Cameron is now stuck in a corner | Paul Goodman NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
In the process of trying to dampen the revolt, the prime minister merely inflamed it further. It's typical of his European policyDavid Cameron was beaten by his backbenchers on the EU budget even before he lost Wednesday evening's vote. During prime...
Labour’s anti-EU vote NEW
Political Economy 101 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
The Labour Party was congratulating itself yesterday on having joined with Tory rebels to defeat the Tory-led government by voting to cut the EU budget. In truth, this was sheer opportunism. While the two Eds (Miliband and Balls) may believe that sup...
Britain in Europe #6: Should David Cameron veto the EU budget? NEW
Debating Europe 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Last night, the British government suffered a “stinging defeat” in the House of Commons after more than 50 Conservative rebel backbenchers joined forces with opposition Labour MPs to demand a real-term reduction in the EU’s budget...
Why David Cameron can threaten to veto the EU budget NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Over on the Spectator's Coffee House blog, we argue,When in 1996 the US Congress threw out Bill Clinton’s Federal budget they precipitated a partial shutdown of the US Government. However, anyone looking at the growing prospect of a UK EU budget...
A shameful night for British politics NEW
Nucleus 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 51 Minutes ago
David Seymour Thursday, 01 November 2012 The headlines and speculation which followed last night's Government defeat over its EU budget strategy were predictable and certainly justified over the precarious posi...
Labour and the Commons vote on the EU Budget NEW
The European Citizen 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 17 Minutes ago
The UK government was defeated in a non-binding vote in the House of Commons yesterday, with rebel Tories being joined by the opposition Labour Party to call for a real terms cut in the EU Budget (307 votes for, 294 votes against). Though David Camer...
The EU Budget: The Truth NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 7 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
The raging europhobia of the Tory right, now in unholy tandem with Labour after the Opposition’s shamelessly cynical move to vote along with them simply to embarrass the Prime Minister, means that there is a lot of mindless chatter in Britain ...
MPs have remembered their role – that's the real significance of tonight's vote NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
'The issue of Europe has come back to haunt the Conservative Party' was how the News at Ten introduced the story of the government's defeat. 'The bastards are back', was Newsnight's retro take on the event. Almost every pundit is determined to cover...
My message to British Eurosceptic parliamentarians: “Those who despise the euro the most have the highest moral duty to help fix it!” NEW
Yanis Varoufakis 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
Last Monday (29th October) evening, I had the opportunity to address a meeting convened by the European-Atlantic Group in the British Parliament. Later on that night, I was also honoured with an opportunity to deliver the after-dinner speech at the C...
‘The Veto’ NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
A brief one this week, but just a linguistic observation. David Cameron talks about ‘using the veto‘ a lot these days (and it will be said a lot more in the days to come). However, it’s never clear what this ‘veto’ is. T...
European Union: Why Britain should be at the EU table NEW
James Elles (MEP) 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 17 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Many commentators forget the fragile economic and financial environment in which we currently live, which is often compared to the difficulties faced by European countries during the 1930s. Ever since the collapse of the US housing market in late 200...
David Cameron compared to John Major over Europe NEW
Political Scrapbook 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Today’s PMQs saw Ed Miliband reprise the attack used by Tony Blair on John Major during the dying days of Major’s leadership. In 1997, Tony Blair slammed John Major on his failure to unite the party over Europe and project a consistent message t...
"Reforming the EU and the difficult Role of the UK" by Gerhard Schroeder NEW
Social Europe 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 22 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Watch former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder talk about the future of the European Union and the increasing distance between the UK and the Continent. This talk was held at the ‘Europa nach der Krise’ conference organised by the Nico...
Britain's budget battle NEW
Nucleus 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 22 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
David Gow Wednesday, 31 October 2012 Forty years ago, when Britain joined the then EEC, the CAP accounted for up to 90% of the EU budget and the “highlight” of the year was the farm price marathon in which...
EU Budget Factsheet NEW
Nucleus 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 Negotiating positionThis is an opportunity to use the proximity of our negotiating position to that of Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands to call for a reform of the EU. To do that we must offer practical solutions in B...
Interview with Richard Whitman NEW
Ideas on Europe 1 Year, 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 4 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
In the fifth of European Geostrategy’s interview series, James Rogers speaks to Richard Whitman about the Financial Crisis’ impact on European integration, European enlargement, British relations with the rest of the European Union, and demograph...
EU budget: Britain's race to the bottom | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Year, 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 10 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
The balancing act between domestic and European priorities is often a precarious one, but David Cameron is danger of making a serious blunderTensions between domestic political imperatives and the wider European interest are in the warp and weft of t...
David Cameron's pro-EU charade cannot go on much longer | Simon Jenkins NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Year, 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 13 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
The PM talks tough on the European Union but claims to support it. His position is hopeless. A new deal is neededAfter Wednesday's vote in the House of Commons, David Cameron could find himself the last "pro-European" in Britain. He will leave for Br...
Cameron’s EU budget veto is a powerful tool for change NEW
Open Europe blog 1 Year, 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 15 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Over on the Telegraph blog, we argue:Labour has joined the battle over the EU’s next long-term budget. The budget, to run between 2014 and 2020, will be discussed at an EU summit on 22 and 23 November. David Cameron wants a “real terms freeze
EU to UK: budget rebate “no longer warranted” NEW
Brussels Blog (Financial Times) 1 Year, 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 15 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Britain's Cameron, left, talks with EU Commission president José Manuel Barroso at May's summit. With last night’s release of new numbers by Cypriot negotiators, the debate over the EU’s seven-year budget is beginning to heat up, with...
Blair uppmanar Storbritannien: Var mer konstruktiv i EU-frågan NEW
Europabloggen 1 Year, 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 19 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Ett politiskt och uppdelat EU kommer leda till EU:s upplösning. Före detta premiärministern skickar en varning till den brittiska regeringen. >>>...
Cameron Pressed on EU Budget NEW
Real Time Brussels - WSJ 1 Year, 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is facing pressure at home to take an even more stingy approach to negotiations over the European Union's next multiyear budget.
German insecurity, UK vacillation, Europe's loss NEW
Nucleus 1 Year, 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
David Gow Monday, 29 October 2012 Modern Germany used to feel secure by being anchored in western Europe and Nato. But, in the two decades since the country was unified after the collapse of communism, that cer...
Carswell's damp squid NEW
Nucleus 1 Year, 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
David Seymour Monday, 29 October 2012 Not with a bang but a whimper. That was the much-trumpeted attempt by Douglas Carswell to introduce a Private Member's Bill in the Commons to pull the UK out of the Europea...
Signs of the logic of Economic and Monetary Union at last - Part 2 NEW
European Reform - Mike Burnett's blog 1 Year, 9 Months, 4 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
I'm delighted that there were more than 160 views of this post and thanks for your comments.It's also clearly necessary to consider if the office holder will also have responsibility for budget monitoring and budgetary control ie what would happen if...
Quoted in BBC-article NEW
eurotale 1 Year, 9 Months, 20 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
A while back I was quoted in a BBC-article: “In a German-language post on blogactiv.eu entitled “Without you then!”, Andreas Sowa says a “less formal link between Britain and the EU seems to be a necessary evil on the way to a...
Cameron to Van Rompuy: No Negotiation on E.U. Budget NEW
The Worden Report 1 Year, 9 Months, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 21 Minutes ago
Just days before the House of Commons debated whether Britain should secede from the E.U., Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg, met with Herman Van Rompuy, President (or chair) of the European Council, to discuss Cameron’s threa...
Anti-Federalist Britain: South Carolina on Steroids NEW
The Worden Report 1 Year, 9 Months, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
If Douglas Carswell, a member of the House of Commons, had his way, Britain would secede from the E.U. before Prince Charles could say, “hip hip!” Carswell's Private Member's Bill, submitted for debate in late October 2012, would repeal the...