Europe

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…

The problem with 'vaccine equity'

4 January 2022 5:03 am

‘A stain on our soul’. That was how Gordon Brown, in his latest missive on the subject, described the failure…

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…

Make History Great Again!

11 December 2021 6:00 pm

Why don’t today’s children know more about history? In an age when information has never been easier to access, it’s…

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…

The fifth Covid wave could break Macron

23 November 2021 6:40 am

The fifth Covid wave has started in Europe. Some governments are already imposing lockdowns and wage cuts for the unvaccinated…

How Turkey is fuelling the Belarus-Poland migrant crisis

11 November 2021 5:35 am

In the cold, damp forest lining the border between Poland and Belarus, thousands of refugees flown over from the Middle…

Poland’s Belarusian border conflict is becoming violent

10 November 2021 1:59 am

The EU’s conflict with Belarus is heating up. The simmering migrant crisis on the Polish border with Belarus exploded into…

Why did neo-Nazis patrol the German border?

30 October 2021 11:00 am

Just after midnight last Sunday, around 50 vigilantes gathered in east Germany to ‘patrol’ the country’s border with Poland. They…

Macron may well win. But Macronism is dead

14 October 2021 3:19 pm

President Emmanuel Macron was in an expansive mood this week as he commandeered the splendid beaux arts Grand Palais in…

How will Europe respond to a wave of Afghan refugees?

27 August 2021 11:25 pm

On Tuesday, Franek Sterczewski made a break for the border. Wearing a long trench coat and carrying a blue plastic…

Who’d want to move to America now?

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Why would anyone move to the US?

Viktor Orbán goes to war on the European parliament

23 June 2021 7:42 pm

‘Times have changed, and whereas thirty years ago we believed Europe was our future, today we understand that we are…

European nations are reasserting themselves

29 March 2021 10:29 pm

All but the most hardened Remainer will admit that the EU’s vaccine rollout has been poor. Up against the UK’s…

The census is the latest Brexit battleground

17 March 2021 5:30 pm

The end of the Brexit wars have left some Remainers feeling redundant. A few are now turning their attention to a new…

The mask scandal threatening to destroy Merkel’s legacy

11 March 2021 6:18 pm

In Germany, masks have been one of the least controversial elements of this pandemic. Most people have accepted that they…

Barnier and France fear Brexit Britain’s next moves

5 March 2021 10:48 pm

Michel Barnier – still officially the EU’s Brexit taskforce leader – gives few interviews. As a Savoyard and keen mountaineer,…

Welcome to Trump’s second term

3 March 2021 2:41 am

President Biden’s emphatic assertion that ‘America is back’ at the Munich Security Conference last month was met with a lukewarm…

The EU needs to stop punishing Britain for Brexit

19 February 2021 3:01 am

There have always been those on the European side who believe that for the EU project to succeed, Brexit must…

Why Eastern Europe is looking to Russia and China for vaccines

18 February 2021 6:00 pm

With Central and Eastern European countries still gripped by Covid-19, the EU’s slow vaccine rollout has offered little solace in…

Central Europe’s vaccine scepticism problem

3 February 2021 3:47 am

Countries around the world are in a race against time to vaccinate their populations against Covid-19. But there is one…

Vaccine wars: the global battle for a precious resource

30 January 2021 9:00 am

The vaccine wars are turning nasty

Is Joe Biden’s administration fit for the 2020s?

16 January 2021 6:09 pm

Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees have been warmly received by the massed ranks of anti-Trumpists in Washington. But the warmth stateside…

The EU has botched its vaccination programme

9 January 2021 9:00 am

The EU has botched its vaccination programme

Why Britain chose Brexit

19 December 2020 9:00 am

There was nothing peculiarly British about Brexit