Europe

Why British radio plays can't compete with those from the Continent

7 April 2018 9:00 am

To Herne Bay in Kent for the UK International Radio Drama Festival: 50 plays from 17 countries in 15 languages…

East vs West: the new battle for Europe

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Democracy isn’t dying on the Continent. It’s changing

Radio 3 offers a refreshing antidote to the current conversations about Europe

16 December 2017 9:00 am

The season of Advent, for most children, means anticipation, gleeful waiting, the counting down of days. But after a certain…

Crying wolf on the far right in Europe

28 October 2017 9:00 am

This book is an exercise in crying wolf that utterly fails to prove its main thesis: that Europe is abandoning…

The BBC Proms broadcast a piece of gloriously subversive new music – without realising it

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Sir James MacMillan’s European Requiem, performed at the Proms on Sunday, isn’t about Brexit. The composer had to make this…

Daniel Barenboim’s Proms Brexit sermon was just poor conduct

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Daniel Barenboim ruined an exquisite Prom with a Brexit sermon

A Sudanese immigrant in the infamous Calais Jungle, which was razed last year

The public vs the politicians

1 July 2017 9:00 am

The Project 28 poll is yet another reminder of the big issues the EU is failing to tackle, says Douglas Murray

What Europe thinks

1 July 2017 9:00 am

  Details of the Project 28 poll   28,000 respondents from 28 EU countries (1,000 per country) Phone interviews EU28…

A youngster in Madrid walks past graffiti which reads: ‘We want to work. Let the businessmen who have become rich with our work pay for the crisis’

Spain’s lost generation

1 July 2017 9:00 am

GDP may be growing fast – but the country’s youth still feel like a lost generation, says Mark Nayler

What Europeans really think of the EU

1 July 2017 9:00 am

A new poll suggests most Europeans want to stay in the EU – however reluctantly. Ross Clark finds out why

Some 80 per cent of Poles say they want to stay in the European Union

What Brexit means to Poland

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Britain was Poland’s biggest ally in the anti-federalist cause. So what happens now, asks Annabelle Chapman

The wonder of Japan

25 February 2017 9:00 am

From my chalet high up above the village, I look up at the immense, glistening mountain range of the Alps,…

Inflation creeps back in, like the forgotten whiff of cigarette smoke

14 January 2017 9:00 am

From supermarkets to superyacht builders, sales figures are remarkably buoyant: consumer debt may be rising too, but no one can…

Global radio is now available at the swipe of a fingernail – yet it all sounds the same

7 January 2017 9:00 am

A new website, radio.garden, lets us browse radio stations across the globe. Nothing new about that. That’s been a key…

How Algeria could destroy the EU

3 December 2016 9:00 am

When Algeria’s elderly, unwell president dies, the Islamists will try to seize power, and Europe will face another refugee crisis

Nostalgia and nationalism: an erzatz castle to symbolise the new Germany

15 October 2016 9:00 am

William Cook on the rebuilding of the Berliner Schloss

First Brexit became thinkable. Now it becomes doable

8 October 2016 9:00 am

 Birmingham Checking in to my hotel room on the 18th floor, for the Conservative party conference here, I opened the…

If we have to put the clocks back, here’s how we should do it

8 October 2016 9:00 am

We already drive on the left, give road distances in miles and drink pints. So one good feature of Brexit…

Now, finally, we can have a real debate about immigration

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Calm is slowly returning to the debate about Britain and Europe. The shrillness of the referendum campaign, and the hysteria…

Don’t tell me affluence and liberty are the scourge of the West

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Gstaad   ‘He flies through the air with the greatest of ease, that daring young man on the flying trapeze.’…

Brexit won the battle. But now we’ve lost the war

16 July 2016 9:00 am

When Jonathan Swift wanted to mock the immeasurable superficiality of British politics, he imagined it as a contest between the…

In praise of referendums – this one in particular

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Commentators have complained about this referendum — its ‘lies’, bad manners, bitterness. Without exactly disagreeing, I would nevertheless argue that…

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The left were wrong about Brexit in 1975. The right are wrong now

18 June 2016 9:00 am

It was 41 years ago that The Spectator first urged its readers to vote Brexit in a referendum, but the…

If I wanted to create a superstate, I wouldn’t start with Europe

18 June 2016 9:00 am

If Geert Hofstede’s name is familiar to you, it might be from pop-science articles explaining a spate of Korean airliner…

France is now the sick man of Europe

4 June 2016 9:00 am

It is a long time since the term ‘sick man of Europe’ could be applied to Britain. France is now…