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Mario Draghi Photo: Getty

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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Radek Sikorski

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

Jean-Claude Juncker (L), visits Prime Minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras Photo: Getty

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

Vladimir Putin talks to Rosneft President Igor Sechin Photo: AFP/Getty

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

Brussels will treat Britain as Macedonia treated Sparta

5 July 2014

The EU is a federation of states (Latin foedus, ‘treaty’, from the same root as fides, ‘trust, good faith’). But for how long can such a federation endure a recalcitrant… Read more

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Without Scotland, England will be a weedy laughing stock

5 July 2014

On 19 September, people over all Britain could wake up in a diminished country, one that doesn’t bestride the world stage but hobbles instead. If Scotland votes to leave the… Read more

Photo: Alex Kouprianoff

How Napoleon won at Waterloo

5 July 2014

In a one-horse town called Hestrud, on the Franco-Belgian border, there’s a monument which encapsulates Europe’s enduring fascination with Napoleon. The story carved upon this plinth is more like poetry… Read more

21 June 2014

Rational fear Sir: An interesting contrast between the articles by Douglas Murray and Innes Bowen on Islamic influence in the UK (‘Save the children’, 14 June), and the one by… Read more

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Don’t blame the Guardian if criminals are getting better at hiding online. Blame iTunes and Netflix

14 June 2014

I wouldn’t wish to deny that all drug dealers and crime lords read the Guardian. Indeed, check the circulation figures, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that only drug dealers… Read more

24 May 2014

Parliamentary privilege Some facts and figures about the European Parliament, according to the parliament: — The parliament annually costs €3.10 per citizen in EU member states (compared with €7.30 for… Read more

Main Political Parties Take Heavy Losses In UK Euro Vote

David Cameron's plot to keep us in the EU (it's working)

24 May 2014

I write this before the results of the European elections, making the not very original guess that Ukip will do well. Few have noticed that the rise of Ukip coincides… Read more

Michael Heaver and Jack Duffin at Ukip HQ. Photo: Sebastian Payne for The Spectator.

The most shocking thing about young Ukip supporters: they’re normal

24 May 2014

Close your eyes and imagine a young Ukip voter. Let me guess: mustard trousers, swivel eyes and foaming mouth, ranting furiously about the European Union, socialism, ‘lib-tards’ and so on.… Read more

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17 May 2014

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said on television that he was ‘bullish’ about negotiating change for Britain in the European Union, but that there would be a referendum on… Read more

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What is David Cameron’s big idea?

10 May 2014

In almost a decade as Conservative leader, David Cameron has tended to avoid talking about his political philosophy. He has presented himself as a pragmatist, suspicious of anything ending in… Read more

Shangri-La Hotel Opens In The Shard

Paul Johnson

10 May 2014

I feel an intense antipathy for Vladimir Putin. No one on the international scene has aroused in me such dislike since Stalin died. Though not a mass killer on the… Read more

Jim Fixed Up

Was I abused by Jimmy Savile?

26 April 2014

‘Twenty-six million people in Europe are looking for work. And whose jobs are they after?’ asks the Ukip poster for the euro-elections, beside a Lord Kitchener-style pointing finger. Obviously, Ukip… Read more

UKIP Annual Conference 2013

Nigel Farage

5 April 2014

What a week! I was thrilled to have a chance to confront Nick Clegg but my excitement was tempered with disappointment that neither Cameron nor Miliband agreed to take part… Read more

Is David Cameron trying to imitate the Delphic Oracle?

5 April 2014

Nigel Farage rather missed a trick in his debate over the EU with Nick Clegg. The Prime Minister has promised us an ‘In/Out’ referendum on the EU in 2017, if… Read more

Mayor Boris Johnson Visits Building Site For New Homes

The Spectator's Notes: If Putin can have a referendum, so can Boris

29 March 2014

Everyone can see that the West has no idea what to do about Russian power in the Ukraine. Britain, in particular, is at the margins. It is time for the… Read more

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the Bomb

29 March 2014

Just as every child now thinks he’s going to die of global warming, so those of us who grew up in the Seventies and Eighties all thought we were going… Read more

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Let Putin have Crimea – and it will destroy him

29 March 2014

David Cameron says that Russia’s annexation of Crimea ‘will not be recognised’. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk promises that ‘we will take our territory back’. They are both misguided. Let… Read more