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Why Boris Johnson is Theresa May’s biggest Brexit liability

The foreign secretary is loved by Eurosceptics and detested by EU negotiators. Advertisements

January 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ukip vs “The Hof”: Why Italy’s Five Star Movement was rejected by EU liberals

The attempt by the liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt to form a controversial alliance with the populist Italian movement has failed, giving Ukip cause for celebration.

January 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Theresa May might look lonely, but cracks are showing in the EU’s united front

It has taken just under six months but power tussles over Brexit plans are exposing splits among the Brussels bigwigs.

December 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Who is the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier?

The former French foreign minister has shown signs that he will play hardball in negotiations.

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

What Brussels can learn from the Italian referendum

Matteo Renzi’s proposed reforms would have made it easier for eurosceptic forces within Italy to gain power in upcoming elections in 2018.

December 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

The EU Commission needs to practice what it preaches

The European Commission should be basking in the glory of having finally, after seven torturous years, signed the EU free trade deal with Canada. Instead, it finds itself mired in a mess … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Will the collapse of the EU/Canada trade deal speed the demise of Jean-Claude Juncker?

The embattled European Commission President has already survived the migrant crisis and Brexit.

October 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Theresa May can play big fish with devolved nations – in the EU she’s already a nobody

Theresa May is sitting down with representatives from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on Monday to hear their concerns about Brexit. For the devolved nations, it is the first chance … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Brexit: Canada’s trade model is not a golden ticket to the single market

This deal has been seven tortured, painstaking years in the making and it still isn’t in force.

October 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Steven Woolfe’s collapse just proves to Brussels that Ukip are Brits abroad

The news that Ukip MEPs had been brawling in the corridors of the European Parliament of Strasbourg was met with a collective Gallic shrug and roll of the eyes.

October 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

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