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Europeans no longer fear Germany. But do the Germans still fear themselves?

13 December 2014

In the old Death Strip between East and West Berlin, which runs through the centre of the city, there is a graveyard full of German war heroes and a few… Read more

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The Green Blob believes in science – except when scientists disagree with it

22 November 2014

The Green Blob which did for Owen Paterson has claimed another victim. Her name is Anne Glover and she was, until recently, chief scientific adviser to the President of the… Read more

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What Angela Merkel really wants (it's not good news for Dave)

8 November 2014

Angela Merkel is misunderstood. Last winter, when Russia moved to annex Crimea after the overthrow of Ukraine’s government, American officials put it about that the German Chancellor had described Russia’s… Read more

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Ukip’s Patrick O’Flynn on the ‘genius’ Nigel Farage and why Douglas Carswell’s votes won’t set party policy

8 November 2014

Interviews with Ukip bigwigs used to happen in pubs. But times are changing. When I meet Patrick O’Flynn — the party’s economics spokesman, and until recently chief spin doctor —… Read more

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1 November 2014

Home The last British combat troops turned over Camp Bastion in Helmand to Afghan forces and withdrew from Afghanistan after 13 years and 453 deaths. Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary,… Read more

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How Italy failed the stress test (and Emilio Botín didn’t)

1 November 2014

Continuing last week’s theme, it was the Italian banks — with nine fails, four still requiring capital injections — that bagged the booby prize in the great EU stress-testing exercise,… Read more

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It’s not just Ukip that’s changing Cameron’s mind about immigration

25 October 2014

It is easy to mock David Cameron on immigration. Under pressure from the public and from Ukip, he’s having to hot-foot it to a tougher position on the free movement… Read more

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The one economic indicator that never stops rising: meet the Negroni Index

25 October 2014

This dispatch comes to you from Venice — where I arrived at sunset on the Orient Express. More of that journey on another occasion, I hope. Suffice to say that… Read more

Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

How Cameron could make the EU a winning issue (and why he won’t)

25 October 2014

Imagine if David Cameron actually meant it. Imagine if he really did follow through with his implied threat to campaign for Brexit in the absence of better terms from Brussels.… Read more

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Ukip is in the middle of the most cynical political repositioning ever

18 October 2014

I think I’ve cracked it. If you want to springboard your minor political party into the mainstream and take British politics by storm, then all you need to do is… Read more

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Storm warning: the world economy’s October troubles aren’t over yet

18 October 2014

October is always a turbulent month, and I’m feeling uneasy about this one. The FTSE100 index, which looked set to break through 7,000 in September, has lost more than 500… Read more

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Who are Ukip’s new voters? The kind of people who decide elections

11 October 2014

An opinion poll to be published next week will reveal that Labour leader Ed Miliband is slightly less popular with the public than the vibrant Islamic State commander ‘Jihadi John’… Read more

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Why the real winner from George Osborne’s ‘Google tax’ could be Nigel Farage

4 October 2014

George Osborne’s promise to crack down on multinational companies’ avoidance of UK taxes by the use of impenetrable devices such as the ‘Double Irish’ and the ‘Dutch Sandwich’ certainly has… Read more

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Vaclav Klaus: the West’s lies about Russia are monstrous

27 September 2014

Václav Klaus has made a habit of saying things others shy away from saying, but it doesn’t seem to have done him much harm in the popularity stakes. Quite the… Read more

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20 September 2014

Breaking the unions Sir: By the time this letter appears we shall know whether the land of my birth has separated from the land of my life. I hope not.… Read more

6 September 2014

Advice for Cameron Sir: David Cameron once saved my life from a school of Portuguese man o’ war jellyfish, so now’s the time for me to save his political life… Read more

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Libya's boat people, and Italy's tragic folly

6 September 2014

The next time you eat a fish from the Mediterranean, just remember that it may well have eaten a corpse. As the Italian author Aldo Busi told the press just… Read more

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Europe's leaders worship Mario Draghi. They should listen to him instead

30 August 2014

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi secured a place in history by his demonstration, on 26 July 2012, of the power of words in a financial crisis. Not long in… Read more

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You can't make friends with Uncle Sam and survive for long

30 August 2014

Can somebody tell me when America last got it right? Uncle Sam’s track record in selecting leaders in faraway places reminds me very much of my own where libel is… Read more

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16 August 2014

I made a welcome escape from sweltering Warsaw to the cloudy cool of Bodø, halfway up the coast of Norway, north of Iceland. Bodø’s harbour stays ice-free all year round… Read more

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How dare they sell the beaches where I played as a child

16 August 2014

 Porto Cheli Nothing is moving, not a twig nor a leaf, and I find myself missing the cows, the mountains and the bad weather. The sun has become the enemy,… Read more

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I know how ineffective sanctions are – but these ones just might work

2 August 2014

‘Sanctions,’ said Kofi Annan, ‘are a necessary middle ground between war and words.’ Neither the EU nor the US will deploy troops or missiles to defend Ukraine against Russian-backed separatists,… Read more

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The EU's right not to slap big sanctions on Russia. Here's what it should do instead

26 July 2014

The civilised world felt as if its heart had been touched by an icicle. Photographs of murdered children. Biogs of people like us; we could have been on that plane.… Read more

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg First Speech After European Elections

Angela Merkel is losing patience with David Cameron again. This time, it's a good sign

12 July 2014

In recent weeks British government visitors to Berlin have been confronted with a persistent question: when will David Cameron make up his mind about who he’ll send to Brussels? Picking… Read more

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5 July 2014

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, rang Jean-Claude Juncker to congratulate him on being nominated by EU heads of government as president of the European Commission. Mr Cameron had insisted… Read more