Europe

Macron vs the deep state

2 June 2022 11:47 pm

French diplomats are on strike today. But will anyone notice? Not to be immodest, I am especially well qualified to…

How Russia wins

30 May 2022 8:30 pm

It is still too early to predict the outcome of the war in Ukraine. Russia has certainly solidified its position…

EU: normal disservice resumes

30 April 2022 9:00 am

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

Michel Houellebecq may be honoured by the French establishment, but he’s no fan of Europe

23 April 2022 9:00 am

For many years, Michel Houellebecq was patronised by the French literary establishment as an upstart, what with his background in…

Boris and Scholz parade the new Europe

9 April 2022 3:00 pm

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has changed Europe forever. That was the argument that Boris Johnson made on Friday when he…

Putin’s war is a disaster for Russia

9 April 2022 9:00 am

  Strasbourg Europhobes will never have a better argument against European integration than the seat of the European parliament in…

Why Hungary's opposition failed

5 April 2022 12:51 am

Viktor Orbán has now spent a total of 16 years as Hungary’s Prime Minister but he has not lost his hunger…

Germany's progressives have a Putin problem

28 March 2022 2:08 am

Eighty-nine years ago this week, the German Social Democrats in the Reichstag cast the only votes opposing Adolf Hitler’s dictatorial…

David Frost's solution to cool UK-EU relations

16 March 2022 5:40 am

Since David Frost quit the government in December over its political direction, he has not said that much about the…

Chernobyl Two?

11 March 2022 5:27 am

The electricity supply to the ruined nuclear plant at Chernobyl in Ukraine has been cut off. According to one knowledgeable…

'Staying Switzerland' on Ukraine is impossible

1 March 2022 2:27 am

The striking thing about the financial sanctions on Russia is not their severity, but just how many countries are joining…

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…

It’s time for Germany to stand up to Russia

26 February 2022 8:00 pm

In his novel The Loyal Subject, which appeared on the eve of the first world war, Heinrich Mann, the brother…

Putin’s invasion has exposed the frailty of Europe’s armies

26 February 2022 6:05 pm

Putin’s forces are currently steamrolling Ukraine’s defences, with Russian troops circling the capital and invading from the south and east…

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…

It's too late to break Europe's gas reliance on Russia

22 February 2022 11:39 pm

So, Nord Stream 2 will not be plugged into Germany’s gas grid. A little surprisingly, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been…

Will Putin now roll on to Kiev?

22 February 2022 8:45 am

The White House told us with absolute certainty that there would be an invasion of Ukraine this week — instead…

The seismic importance of Putin’s latest move

22 February 2022 7:55 am

Vladimir Putin has tonight unilaterally recognised the two breakaway republics in Ukraine. In doing so, he has effectively ended the…

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…

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…