David Hayes has a lovely long essay on Britain’s history with Europe in Inside Story, an Australian website. He sees the crisis of the eurozone as a big moment in this long story, which “makes the prime minister’s referendum démarche on 23 January all the more intelligible, and his craftsmanship in turning a political trap into [...]
Professor Tim Bale rather wittily described the Tory revolt over the Maastricht Treaty as the “gateway drug” to today’s hard stuff of “Better Off Out” Euroscepticism.
I have taken issue with my fellow Queen Mary, University of London, searcher after knowledge in another article for e-International Relations. I point out that the Conservatives’ shift towards a harder line [...]
Greece is where it all began and it looks increasingly likely that it’ll be where it all ends as well.
I returned from my fact-finding mission to the eurozone periphery in time for the Olympics closing ceremony.
Jeremy Warner, formerly of The Independent, says that Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, is running out of time to save the euro, before asking number 831 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No: Will Germany let him?
Warner’s headline says that Draghi has “weeks”, but his article says only that [...]
Nigel Lawson’s advice to David Cameron came too late. In an interview with Steve Richards, my esteemed colleague, on BBC Radio 4 The Week In Westminster, Lord Lawson advised the Prime Minister to model himself on Margaret Thatcher rather than Tony Blair. He said: “I do think he has a lot to learn from her.”
Unfortunately, Cameron, [...]
We psephological prudists do not normally approve of hypothetical questions in opinion polls, and I thought that questions about referendums had exhausted their limited value some time ago.
Not a major pronouncement, but a useful summary of Tony Blair’s views on the euro crisis in an interview with France 24, which I missed last week.
Yesterday was a good day for the House of Commons, if you think it is important that members of the Government should spend a lot of time in the Chamber being accountable to our elected representatives. The Prime Minister on Europe and then the Chancellor on the interest-rate-fixing scandal answered questions at the despatch box [...]
Hamish McRae has the graph of the day, showing that interest rates in the eurozone have diverged so that they are now back where they were before the euro was introduced in 1999 (that was when the currencies were locked together; the graph shows that interest rates converged two years earlier in 1997; notes and coins [...]
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