John Keiger

The EU is struggling to poach the City's business

17 February 2021 6:00 pm

The latest salvos have been fired in the EU’s battle to drain the City of London’s financial business. Brussels –…

Might Macron lose to Le Pen?

30 January 2021 6:50 pm

The latest French opinion poll puts Marine Le Pen on around 26 per cent, ahead of President Emmanuel Macron on 23 per…

France's Covid response is a source of national shame

16 January 2021 6:15 pm

France is the only permanent member of the UN Security Council not to have developed a coronavirus vaccine, and it…

The EU is a divided house

31 December 2020 8:37 pm

What does 2021 hold for the European Union? At the end of 2020 Brussels has gone out of its way…

France would be foolish to veto a Brexit deal

5 December 2020 1:43 am

Britain and France are heading for an almighty bust-up over Brexit. This morning the French junior minister for European affairs,…

Joe Biden isn't the president the EU thinks he is

3 December 2020 7:32 pm

For four years, president Donald Trump radicalised international relations. There was a shift towards the nation state and unilateralism, beginning with the…

Is Macron following in the footsteps of de Gaulle?

15 November 2020 2:10 am

It can’t be much fun being a national leader these days. Be it the US, the UK, all are assailed…

Emmanuel Macron’s Trumpian transformation

7 November 2020 6:47 am

This new world disorder is distorting our vision, so please excuse an apparently fatuous question. Is Emmanuel Macron turning into…

How Macron reacts to the Nice attack will be critical

29 October 2020 11:47 pm

The suspected terrorist attack in Nice’s Notre Dame Basilica this morning appears to be the third such incident in France in…

Why is Macron so determined to infuriate the rest of the world?

27 October 2020 8:03 pm

In the course of his three-and-a-half year presidency, Emmanuel Macron must have the record for the most number of international…

The EU is adrift and in search of an anchor

1 October 2020 12:25 am

The EU has never been a serious global foreign policy player. Without a European army or a meaningful defence pact,…

How the EU is breaking its own Lisbon Treaty

17 September 2020 7:43 pm

That the European Union takes to the moral high ground on international law when it suits it is hardly new.…

Macron's Brexit swansong is about to unfold

9 September 2020 4:00 pm

At a solemn ceremony at the Panthéon to mark the 150th anniversary of the (re-)birth of the Republic, president Macron…

Macron's battle against the forces of French anarchy

5 September 2020 8:21 pm

This week France announced a €100 billion (£89 billion) stimulus package equivalent to 4 per cent of GDP over two years.…

The French are baffled by the BBC's Rule Britannia censorship

27 August 2020 3:45 pm

From 1940 to 1944, the Vichy regime set aside France’s 150-year-old rousing national anthem La Marseillaise for Maréchal nous voilà,…

Why are so many dictators former doctors?

13 August 2020 10:44 pm

Are we increasingly living under a ‘doctatorship’? The influence of the medical profession over our everyday lives – from personal…

What's up with Macron's Lawrence of Arabia stunt?

8 August 2020 12:40 am

President Macron neither lacks chutzpah nor a lust for drama. His walkabout yesterday amid the devastation of Lebanon’s Beirut, following…

Covid-19 and the twilight of Britain and France

3 August 2020 6:17 pm

Is Covid accelerating the eclipse of France and the UK as ‘great powers’? For over two centuries Paris and London…

Has France been naive in its handling of Huawei?

25 July 2020 6:00 pm

The controversy over the UK’s use of Huawei equipment in its 5G network has not abated, despite the government’s announcement…

Macron’s Faustian pact with the EU

17 July 2020 6:39 pm

On Wednesday, the new French Prime Minister Jean Castex made his general policy statement to the National Assembly. We know…

Meet Macron's politically incorrect justice minister

8 July 2020 5:56 pm

Picture the greatest French criminal barrister of his generation with the physique and cantankerousness of Rumpole-of-the-Bailey and the media-strutting ‘blokishness’…

Macron has just dropped a clanger

4 July 2020 4:29 am

His name is unknown, but resonates like that of a character from Astérix the Gaul. Jean Castex is France’s new…

Macron has 500 days to save himself

26 June 2020 6:15 pm

The clock is ticking for Emmanuel Macron. He has under two years of his presidential mandate to carry out his…

Macron is trying to bathe in de Gaulle’s glory. It won't work

17 June 2020 6:53 pm

Emmanuel Macron never misses an historical opportunity to emblazon his banner. One is reminded of the nineteenth century diplomat Talleyrand…

Some 80 per cent of Poles say they want to stay in the European Union

The European Union may never have its ‘Hamilton moment’

13 June 2020 4:45 pm

The European Union has always been quintessentially risk averse. What a surprise therefore to see it jeopardising its very existence…