One person who has more right than most to claim vindication by history is Bryan Gould (pictured), defeated by John Smith for the Labour leadership in 1992 and who left British politics soon afterwards. I wrote in November that he and Peter Shore, two Labour politicians I knew well in the 1980s and 1990s, had [...]
Rachel Sylvester has an outstanding column in The Times today about the delusions of a European referendum.
I was puzzled by George Osborne’s interview on the Today programme last week, about which I wrote for The Independent on Sunday, and his article for The Sunday Telegraph makes matters no clearer.
This headline may look like a cheap way of bulking out my own series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, but I ask it in a genuine spirit of inquiry. I am puzzled by the absence of any serious economic commentator who suggests that the euro will survive for longer than a few years [...]
As the Eurozone crisis has teetered along the edge of disaster thanks to continued political and economic instability in Greece, Spain and Italy, the meteoric rise in the popularity of far-right political parties raises grave questions about Europe’s future.
With Ireland going to the vote today and Greece on June the 17th, David Bowden argues that those who call for a more technocratic (and less Democratic) European Union are the real problem with Europe. We need to be serious about holding the EU to account for the mess that we’re in today.
Perhaps because all things European tend to be unpopular here in Britain, we generally assume that Germany won’t be willing to pay the bill for the survival of the single currency. It might not. But, the latest Pew poll suggests we shouldn’t be so sure.
What’s going on? Why haven’t UK exports surged on the back of a weak pound as most economists expected they would?
The blunt exposure of Germany’s defensive problems in their last two friendlies has certainly served as something of a wake up call.
“Isolation is a dream killer,” so the saying goes. Many commentators assert that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s unprecedented new isolation in Europe over eurobonds and growth measures could turn her dream of tightly controlled European fiscal discipline into a limp cadaver. Some go even further and say it could accelerate her own political garrotting.
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