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  • Barnier

    UKIP leader right we should threaten to ditch Brexit talks

    We are pointlessly allowing ourselves to be bullied by Brussels. We know how to deal with bullies. Stand up to them, tell them it is we who won't proceed to the next stage of Brexit talks if they don't buck their ideas up, and see how long Barnier and company's fake tough guy act can last

    by the commentator - 30 September 2017
  • Big_ben

    US economist: Britain's post-Brexit path to prosperity

    The EU is terrified that Britain will become a low tax, business friendly haven after Brexit. But that is exactly what Britain can now become, and it will ensure a stellar future outside the confines of the failing Brussels behemoth

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 28 September 2017
  • Merkel

    The German election could be good news for Brexit

    The prospective inclusion of the relatively eurosceptic FDP in Angela Merkel's new coalition combined with a rise in anti-establishment sentiment in Germany could well make a fair and reasonable Brexit deal more likely than not

    by Jack Tagholm–Child - 27 September 2017
  • Maternity-ward

    Demographic doom and the welfare state

    Simply stated, redistribution programs only work if there is a sufficiently large supply of new taxpayers to finance promised handouts. Even Europe's most efficiently run welfare states face the crucial question: Where have all the children gone?

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 26 September 2017
  • Pope_francis

    Scandal brews in the Vatican

    Kidnapping, mafia plots, freemasons, inappropriate conduct by cardinals, the Bulgarian secret police and the Stasi? Another movie style scandal haunts the Vatican

    by Tim Hedges - 25 September 2017
  • Barnier

    Brexit: We must still be fully prepared for no deal option

    What the civil service have to grasp is there is no cliff edge. It is quite possible for the UK to have functioning borders and trade arrangements on March 2019 even with no Brexit deal. 160 other countries trade daily with the EU and most have no special Trade Agreement. No deal is still way better than a bad deal, and we should still get out of the EU asap

    by John Redwood MP - 24 September 2017
  • Patriot-gallery-thumb

    The case for missile defence

    In the 1964 movie Dr Strangelove, theories of nuclear deterrence were darkly satirised. Today, it makes absolute sense for the United States to develop missile defence systems to protect itself from erratic regimes

    by Charles Crawford - 21 September 2017
  • Arak

    The threat is still Iran

    Iran is playing games over its nuclear deal and President Trump is right to voice concerns. It is almost certain that Iran will continue its quest for a nuclear bomb. This has brought Israel closer to the Arab countries. It is now time for America and Europe to get much tougher with Iran

    by Michael Curtis - 19 September 2017
  • Eu_flag_union_jack

    The bizarre state of the European Union

    Remainers are yet again exposed for their misunderstanding of the EU's imperial ambitions by the words of the European Commission president himself. Jean-Claude Juncker lives in a dangerous fantasy world, and Britain will be so much better off out of it

    by John Redwood MP - 15 September 2017
  • Beppegrillo1

    Vaffa Day: How many stars for Italy's populists?

    Ten years ago Beppe Grillo launched his first Vaffa day (Vaffa means ‘fuck off’ in Italian). It was a disdainful gesture at corruption in the establishment. Nowadays, the whole of Europe is at it. Will Grillo win through, and if he does will he change anything?

    by Tim Hedges - 13 September 2017
  • Tony-blair-world-hunger

    Anti-Brexit Blair's scorn for the British people

    Tony Blair is a Remoaner on speed. He dismisses the referendum almost completely. In his anti-Brexit fantasy world, he is pushing immigration policies that Brussels has already rejected, and he has no idea why Britons want to leave. Just butt out Tony. Your daft ideas aren't welcome

    by John Redwood MP - 10 September 2017
  • Felix_dzerzhinksy

    The politics of statues from Washington to Moscow

    The eradication of General Robert E. Lee from American history is not occasioning any soul searching in Russia where Valdimir Putin is raising up the image of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the effective founder of the KGB. Statues do tell us something. President Trump should be aware of the message from Moscow

    by Michael Curtis -  8 September 2017
  • Flag_latest

    German tantrums over Britain and Brexit

    The German media and probably some in the German and EU governments misjudge the UK position on Brexit. Once again they think pressure, personal ridicule, scorn will force the UK to see it their way. It did not achieve their end when they tried to pressurise us into joining the Euro, and it won't work now

    by John Redwood MP -  6 September 2017
  • Mumbai_slum

    Free Enterprise: The irresistible anti-poverty strategy

    Where the world has shifted in favour of free enterprise, poverty has seen dramatic falls. The Left has always opposed free enterprise, so what does this tell you about their true priorities? The poor are just canon fodder for their big state ambitions, anyone?

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  4 September 2017
  • Present

    Yes to an EU divorce bill; No to a leaving present

    We'll pay a fair Brexit divorce bill, but we won't give them a leaving present. Those who say you don’t leave a restaurant without paying the bill are right. But once you have left the restaurant you do not have to pay for the meals of other people who are still dining. Brussels needs to wake up

    by John Redwood MP - 31 August 2017