EU

The EU is hopelessly muddled on Ukraine

17 May 2022 7:25 pm

A couple of weeks ago Ursula von der Leyen portentously announced a further package of EU sanctions against Russia –…

Miss Brexit? Another bust-up is looming

29 April 2022 1:52 am

In the past few months, relations between the UK and the EU have been the best they have been since…

The EU is trying to bring Hungary to heel

28 April 2022 9:35 pm

If there was a word in Euro-speak for ‘Move on, nothing to see here,’ the EU would undoubtedly have used…

Why Brussels fears Elon Musk

27 April 2022 8:55 pm

Thierry Breton, the European Commission for the internal market, lost no time in rattling his sabre at Twitter as soon…

How Russia is splitting the EU

27 April 2022 7:45 pm

Russia is turning off the gas to Poland; the country’s state-owned gas supplier has refused to pay Gazprom in roubles.…

Viktor Orbán is no friend of the West

6 April 2022 2:20 am

Viktor Orbán‘s victory speech in Budapest on Sunday night took a curious turn. Speaking after a fourth landslide win, he…

Is Germany already backsliding on Russia?

22 March 2022 10:40 pm

Just three weeks after Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that Germany would directly arm Ukraine, Europe’s economic powerhouse is running out…

Why is the EU attacking Poland and Hungary in a crisis?

11 March 2022 11:30 pm

With Russian bombs harassing Kiev and Kharkiv, the two unsung heroes of Europe have been Poland and Hungary. With very…

Hungary’s ‘patriotic fight’ with the EU: an interview with justice minister Judit Varga

6 March 2022 8:00 pm

Budapest is racked with tension. As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sends a stream of refugees to Hungary’s eastern border, Viktor…

The crisis in Ukraine is strengthening the EU

3 March 2022 12:30 am

The EU has a knack for turning a crisis into an opportunity. The Eurozone crisis led to the centralisation of…

The Putin apologists of the European parliament

2 March 2022 8:19 pm

Never underestimate Vladimir Putin, and certainly never underestimate his advisers. Well before the first Russian rockets exploded in metropolitan Kiev,…

Viktor Orbán has played a perfect game with Putin

1 March 2022 2:10 am

On 3 April Hungarians will have their ninth set of free parliamentary elections since the collapse of the communist dictatorship…

A new Europe is emerging from this crisis

27 February 2022 7:43 am

With every hour that Kiev holds out, the geopolitics of Europe changes more. Germany, which so values its prohibition on…

Europe is painfully reliant on Putin

24 February 2022 10:05 pm

Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine in the early hours of this morning, starting with a massive air attack from…

Are the lights about to go out across Europe?

23 February 2022 3:40 am

Today’s snap decision by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to halt Nord Stream 2 — the new pipeline intended to export…

How the Ukraine crisis ends

22 February 2022 1:15 am

Vladimir Putin does not think in the way the West does. Of course sanctions will hurt. But so what? He…

The EU is pushing Hungary and Poland to the brink

17 February 2022 4:15 am

Storm clouds looming over the EU’s ‘rule of law’ dispute turned a shade darker on Wednesday. The European Court of…

Is Orbán serious about leaving the EU?

14 February 2022 7:40 pm

First the UK decided to leave the EU. Then in Poland, lawmakers started talking about it. Is Hungary now seriously…

Viktor Orbán or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Putin

3 February 2022 8:56 pm

Viktor Orbán first came to prominence when in 1989 he declared on live TV that Hungary must put an end…

The abandoned revolution: has the government given up on Brexit?

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Has the government lost interest in Brexit?

Have we reached peak human rights?

7 January 2022 2:30 am

After the Colston debacle, you might be forgiven for having missed the other legal story that broke this week. The…

How well is Brexit going?

5 January 2022 12:00 am

Twelve months after a comprehensive trade deal was signed with the EU, where are we now? How has the UK…

France has the most to lose from Britain's turn away from Europe

29 December 2021 6:00 pm

It was Napoleon who declared that ‘a state has the politics of its geography’. We do well to remember that…

Is the EU heading for a booster crisis?

17 December 2021 11:40 pm

The Omicron variant spreads far more quickly. It infects far more people. And it is already rampant around the world,…

Europe gripped by a fifth wave

23 November 2021 9:03 am

How quickly things change. Just a month ago many EU countries were being praised for keeping some Covid restrictions in…