LABOUR’S ‘SALTO MORTALE’

Labour will this week write the latest chapter of the long and tortuous history of its divisions on Europe. It all goes back to the late 1940s when the left of the party supported ‘the United States of Europe’ against the official line laid down by Ernie Bevin...

A WEEK OF REVELATIONS

We have learned something more this week about Brexit, and a lot more about British politics. Not, alas, thanks to Mrs May’s speech. About Mrs May’s Mansion House address, and her poorly received encore at Davos, we can be brief. I am afraid that our Prime Minister...

COALITIONS: GRAND OR GRUBBY?

On January 17th the European Parliament will elect its next president. This used not to be a ‘hold the front page’ moment but it is a tribute to the outgoing President, Martin Schulz, that there is now much greater awareness of the post, and its importance. His own...

TIME TO LEAVE THE WINTER QUARTERS

2016 has done little to make Europeans love Europe. They do not want disbandment of the EU but are unpersuaded that they need more of it. The Union’s problem is that its successes (maintaining the peace in Europe for seventy years; the single market; free movement;...