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  • Jerusalem

    Israel as normal or unique

    Interestingly, the legacy of Herzl is claimed both by the right as nationalist, and by the left as cosmopolitan. Despite, or perhaps because of, its successes Israel's goal of becoming a state like any other remains elusive

    by Michael Curtis - 17 March 2018
  • Trump_at_davos

    Elites vs People? Good globalism vs bad globalism

    Globalism means different things to different people. Good globalism is about expanding trade and shared experiences. Bad globalism is about increasing the power of corrupt institutions like the UN. We need to be clear that free trade is the way to go, and the big government UN route is a cause of poverty and disenchantment

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 14 March 2018
  • Flag_latest

    EU trade hypocrisy: Brexit can't come soon enough

    It's curious the EU claims to be scandalised by Trump threatening a 10% tariff on German cars into the US, when the EU itself imposes just such a 10% tariff on US cars into the EU. Inside the EU, Britain also can't exempt itself from Trump's steel tarrifs. This is the kind of nonsense we will be free of. Brexit can't come soon enough

    by John Redwood MP - 12 March 2018
  • Container_ship

    Anti-Trump hysteria must not block UK-US trade deal

    Trump Derangement Syndrome has taken hold of the Labour Party, the Foreign Office, and, of course, the Remain camp. It must not get in the way of a free trade deal with America which, despite the scaremongering, is right on track, along with the many other benefits Brexit will bring

    by Peter Lyon -  9 March 2018
  • Matteo_salvini

    Italy's far-Right repositions itself in bid to govern

    Italy's pro-European old guard has been swept away. Now the far-Right La Lega party led by Matteo Salvini is repositioning itself in what is emerging as a serious bid to take power. Brussels, meanwhile, looks on in horror as any real world outcome to the horse trading is certain to yield a Eurosceptic government

    by Tim Hedges -  8 March 2018
  • Bbc_studio

    Mainstream media never plays fair on Brexit

    The mainstream media simply will not give up on its anti-Brexit bias. John Redwood MP explains precisely how the bias manifests itself, right from the moment they call to decide whether to have you on the show. This is unacceptable, and it must stop

    by John Redwood MP -  6 March 2018
  • Luigi_de_maio

    Italy's election yields worst possible result for EU

    Italy's More Europe party did not even make the 3% threshold for parliamentary representation. For the EU, the dominance of right-leaning and populist parties is yet another massive headache. Only those in denial can fail to see the writing on the wall for Brussels' failed project

    by Tim Hedges -  5 March 2018
  • Barnier

    The EU is petrified of post-Brexit Britain

    The unseemly dirty tricks which now form the central plank of the EU's strategy in the Brexit negotiations reveal cowardice and fear at the threat an independent Britain poses to a fragile superstate beset by crisis from all sides. These frightened bullies can be beaten, but only if we stand up to them

    by Robert Bates -  2 March 2018
  • Flags_latest

    Shopping our way out of topsy turvy EU

    Looking at the draft EU Withdrawal Agreement it is difficult to see why we would want to sign that, and certainly not without knowing what if any Free Trade Agreement will be reached. We should still be prepared to walk away from one-sided and nonsensical deals with Brussels

    by John Redwood MP -  1 March 2018
  • Panic

    Brussels now flanked by mortal enemies on four sides

    In the first half of the 20th century, the German armies foundered by fighting on two fronts at the same time. Brussels is now in a four front war that threatens the EU's very existence

    by the commentator - 25 February 2018
  • Selmayr

    Italians watch Brexit. Election heralds more chaos for EU

    Italians are watching Brexit closely. If all goes well, Italexit could be on the agenda in 5 years time. For now, the forthcoming elections merely herald another gigantic headache for the EU, with the outcome sure to mean yet more chaos for the deep integrationists in Brussels. It's all kicking off in Rome

    by Tim Hedges - 25 February 2018
  • Border_manchester

    The folly and the failure of mass EU migration

    It is not anti-immigrant to call for a fair, reasonable, and sane immigration system. We can't have that as members of the EU. British social services, and especially our poorest citizens, will continue to suffer until we get Britain out

    by Jayne Adye - 24 February 2018
  • Dover-port-515752

    The EU Single Market was never a winner for Britain

    Those who think Britain will lose by leaving the Single Market need to look at the historical record. That shows that we have never gained anything from it, but have at significant junctures lost badly. Brexiteers win on evidence based arguments; Remainers can't say the same, argues John Redwood MP

    by John Redwood MP - 22 February 2018
  • Pope-francis-is-expected-to-tour-wounded-parts-of-mexico-in-february-visit-1447862467

    Pope Francis in hot water over abuse scandal

    Child abuse raises its ugly head again for the Catholic Church. Pope Francis is a good man, and certainly no crusty Vatican insider who wants bad news stamped out. But he is hasty in making judgments on people and hasty to trust the ones he likes. Now, a PR disaster is unfolding in front of him

    by Tim Hedges - 20 February 2018
  • Barnier

    Bullying Brussels won't defeat Brexit Britain

    While the UK has been conciliatory and has stressed a commitment to long term cooperation with the EU, the European Commission has undertaken a ‘black ops’ media strategy through leaks and briefings by backroom staff. Cowardice and bullying usually go hand in hand. Brussels will soon see that it just won't work with Britain

    by Peter Lyon - 16 February 2018