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;...

THE DELUSIONAL LEFT

This is a tale of two delusions: or more accurately a familiar delusion in two cities. Some people on the left seemed to imagine that the announcement by François Hollande last week that he would not be seeking a second term as President of France would herald a new...

THE REAL LESSONS OF RICHMOND PARK

After nearly every UK parliamentary by-election there are 24 hours of discussion in the commentariat about ‘the lessons to be learned’ and then it’s business as usual. Richmond Park has interest because the result is indeed an upset. One lesson needs to be drawn by Mr...

FRENCH LESSONS FOR ALL

Barring an upset of a magnitude even greater than the shocks and surprises of 2016, the next President of France will be François Fillon. A veteran politician and former Prime Minister, his triumph in the Republican primaries was in itself a surprise to many...