Britain & other member-states

Cameron's European gamble is a losing proposition

17 December 2013
Financial Times
David Cameron has embarked on a bold, possibly reckless, strategy to sort out Britain’s troubled relationship with the EU. He promises that, if re-elected, he will renegotiate membership terms, then hold an in-or-out referendum in 2017.

Deflating German excuses

02 December 2013
New York Times
Germany has become accustomed to being top of the class in Europe, the economic musterkind, or model pupil, of the Continent. But it was recently reprimanded by the United States Treasury for running a large trade surplus and imposing a "deflationary bias" on the eurozone.

The UK energy confusion: Good policies, shame about the politics

Stephen Tindale
29 November 2013
Energy Post
To outside observers, UK energy policy must seem to be hopelessly confused and the energy sector in a mess. Actually, the problem is not so much the policies, writes Stephen Tindale, associate fellow at the Centre for European Reform.

Building a modern European Union: What's wrong and how to fix it

21 November 2013
On Thursday, November 21, 2013, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted a roundtable discussion with Charles Grant, the founder and director of the Centre for European Reform on the current state of the European Union.

Rutte en Cameron delen de diagnose, maar niet de remedie

Rem Korteweg
01 October 2013
Clingendael, Internationale Spectator
De Britse premier David Cameron is op zoek naar bondgenoten om zign Europese hervormings-agenda te verwezenlijken. Londen wil bevoegdheden terughalen uit Brussel en de voorwaarden van het Britse EU-lidmaatschap heronderhandelen.

Video interview on 'Is immigration a reason for Britain to leave the EU?

01 October 2013
John Springford discusses his latest policy brief on the impact of EU migration on Britain’s economy: 'Is immigration a reason for Britain to leave the EU?'

Continuidad o cambio en Alemania?

12 September 2013
Independientemente de lo que voten los alemanes el 22 de septiembre, la actitud de Berlín respecto a la UE no va a cambiar gran cosa.

Ragadós lesz-e a brit minta nálunk?

10 September 2013
Alapblog [Hungary]
Lengyelországban és Magyarországon sokkal inkább hasonlít az európai unióban kételkedők, a nacionalisták érvelése Putyinéhoz, mint a brit konzervatívokéhoz.

The Tories' political cul-de-sac on EU migration

08 August 2013
Right from the start, EU immigration was the glaringly obvious hole in David Cameron’s pledge to "reduce net immigration into the UK from the hundreds to the tens of thousands".

Helpt Nederland Cameron bij de hervorming van de EU

Rem Korteweg
02 August 2013
David Cameron zoekt bondgenoten om de Europese Unie terug in het hok te duwen. Hij rekent daarbij op Nederland, de traditionele wapenbroeder als het gaat om tegenwicht aan Brussel of de Duits-Franse as.

UK has cut too deeply, but don't misread Greece's hardship

26 June 2013
Financial Times
From Mr Simon Tilford.Sir, The UK Treasury may well be guilty of many of the failings Philip Stephens attributes to it (“The best spending cut of all? Shut down the Treasury”, June 24).

Britain could reshape Europe if it would only try

14 May 2013
Financial Times
Is there any point in Britain staying in the EU if it is outside the euro? No, according to increasing numbers of  British eurosceptics  and European federalists.

Thatcher's legacy to Europe

12 April 2013
World Economic Forum ForumBlog
Margaret Thatcher became a totem for Britain's eurosceptics. And it is true that in her final years in office – and even more after she left it – she became virulently eurosceptic.

Is David Cameron Margaret Thatcher’s heir on Europe?

09 April 2013
Carnegie Europe
Not at all. David Cameron sees the EU very differently to Margaret Thatcher. For a start, when Thatcher was prime minister she was strongly opposed to referendums on the EU.

The EU battle Cameron could win

Katinka Barysch
20 March 2013
In his big European speech on 23rd January, David Cameron said he wanted radical reform of the European Union or, failing that, a series of unilateral opt-outs.

Britain should abandon hope of a revival in EU demand

04 February 2013
The Guardian
The British government's attempt to rebalance the UK economy has failed. In 2012, the deficit on the country's current account (the broadest measure of foreign trade) was larger than in any year since 1990.

Cameron should keep Britain in the fight against international crime

04 February 2013
David Cameron wants the EU to re-double its efforts to boost economic growth, tackle climate change and fight terrorism and organised crime. That would make the Union more the kind of club that Britain wants to stay in, according to his Bloomberg speech in January.
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Will other EU countries block any attempt by the UK to renegotiate its membership?

24 January 2013
City A.M
David Cameron seems to have made it his mission to frustrate other EU countries. This means his plea for renegotiation will be (largely) rebuffed. What has Cameron done to upset the others?