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In search of a European identity

January 20, 2014
by James Clive-Matthews
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How to work out who to vote (and not vote) for in the 2014 European Parliament elections – Part 1

No matter your political persuasion, this is not as easy a decision as you may think. I supposedly know my stuff on this, and I haven’t decided yet. First things first – what are we voting for? To answer this … Continue reading

June 8, 2012
by James Clive-Matthews
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Cameron’s confusing approach to the eurocrisis

Good points raised by the eurosceptic organisation Open Europe’s blog today about the British government’s rather bizarre, contradictory attitude(s?) towards the eurocrisis: “A German-led superstate still seems years off – if it ever will be agreed (no matter how much … Continue reading

July 1, 2010
by James Clive-Matthews
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Britain’s new foreign policy approach

As regular readers of this blog will know, my single biggest worry about the Conservative party taking office in the UK was the prospect of arch-eurosceptic William Hague taking over the Foreign Office (the man who, as leader of the … Continue reading

May 8, 2010
by James Clive-Matthews
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UK election: Where next?

Just back from Japan, from where I was closely following the UK election on Twitter (your best place for my day-to-day political commentary these days, though be warned they’re usually more jokey – and sweary – than here…) After 30 … Continue reading

April 3, 2010
by James Clive-Matthews
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Britain, the Conservative Party, David Cameron and the EU

If you want to understand Britain’s rather odd relationship with the EU, you could do far worse than read this really rather good overview in this week’s Economist, especially considering its focus on the Conservative party – likely to form … Continue reading

June 25, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
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Increasing disquiet surrounds new centre-right EP group

After yesterday’s confusion – with one MEP leaving and another joining, exposing this new British Conservatives-led group as a fairly fragile alliance – now we again have renewed concerns being voiced: This time from among the British Conservatives themselves. Many … Continue reading

June 24, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
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The Conservatives’ new European Parliament Group: On the brink of collapse already?

Only a couple of days after its formation, and already David Cameron’s new European Parliament political grouping (the brilliantly-named Conservatives and Reformists) have lost a member. Considering that you need MEPs from seven member states to form an EP group, … Continue reading

June 22, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
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New centre-right political group

David Cameron’s Conservatives have done it – just… Splitting from the EPP was always a gamble – but with the near-certain collapse of the Independence/Democracy group (headed up by UKIP leader Nigel Farage) after a poor election showing from some … Continue reading

July 16, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Tories and the EU, trade talks, Russian threats

Three things that have caught my eye this morning, in ascending order of importance: 1) Following a fun article on the impact a Tory victory in the next UK general election may have on the EU in this week’s Economist, … Continue reading

June 13, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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On the Shadow Home Secretary’s resignation

Three thoughts on all the Westminster excitement (for non-UK readers, the short version – the Shadow Home Secretary has resigned his seat as MP to force a by-election, which he has announced that he intends to fight on the single … Continue reading