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  • The Return of the Guilty Men?

    The Return of the Guilty Men?

    Ryan Bourne | | Europe
    The more things change, the more they stay the same. In late 2011 the Centre for Policy Studies published Peter Oborne’s ‘Guilty Men’, which sought to catalogue many of the arguments and scare -stories used by those who wanted Britain to join the euro in the 1990s. Over the past ...
  • Génération Libre

    Génération Libre

    Gaspard Koenig | | Europe
    Gaspard Koenig is a French liberal author and politician. The first meeting of his French think tank 'Génération Libre', which launches in the New Year, took place at the Centre for Policy Studies earlier this month. You can follow him on Twitter @gaspard2012. French people are famous for endless debates and arguments. Any foreigner ...
  • The French 2013 budget: the Danaids’ jar and the Pigeons

    The French 2013 budget: the Danaids’ jar and the Pigeons

    Gaspard Koenig | | Europe
    Gaspard Koenig is a French liberal author and politician. He is currently working in London for the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development). He recently ran a liberal campaign in London in a Parliamentary election for French living abroad. You can follow him on Twitter @gaspard2012.The French press and main ...
  • Hollande's first 100 days: the swan song of the Welfare State

    Hollande's first 100 days: the swan song of the Welfare State

    Gaspard Koenig | | Europe
    French author Gaspard Koenig blogs on President Holland's first 100 days in charge and concludes the Socialist leader's policies all stem from a single rigorous point of doctrine: the political will can and should tame, and even replace, intrinsically evil markets.For a long time I couldn’t fully conceive how Hollande, a ...
  • The Rise of Euroscepticism and the Misuse of British Rhetoric

    The Rise of Euroscepticism and the Misuse of British Rhetoric

    Ted Bromund | | Europe
    Dr. Ted R. Bromund is the Margaret Thatcher Senior Research Fellow in the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom in the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Charles C.W. Cooke has a piece up on National Review Online on “How Thatcher Became Eurosceptic” that is mandatory reading for the friends of the Centre, ...
  • EU referenda

    EU referenda

    Ryan Bourne | | Europe
    Should we have an EU referendum?At Dr Fox’s speech on the EU this morning, Nick Robinson of the BBC suggested that Fox’s admission that he thought we had nothing to fear from EU exit was a very significant moment. Up until the last few months, Conservative MPs have felt unable ...
  • Who lost in the first round of the French Presidential elections?

    Who lost in the first round of the French Presidential elections?

    Jeremy Jennings | | Europe
    In a follow up to yesterday's blog about Marine Le Pen, Professor Jeremy Jennings of QMUL writes on the losers of the first round of the French Presidential election. If Marine Le Pen was the symbolic winner of the first round of France’s Presidential elections, who were the losers?Most obviously, Nicolas ...
  • The French Presidential Elections: who really won the first round?

    The French Presidential Elections: who really won the first round?

    Jeremy Jennings | | Europe
    Professor Jeremy Jennings, expert on French political philosophy, notes that Marine Le Pen and her anti-EU policies are the real winners of the first round of the French vote. Make no mistake. There was only one winner of the first round of France’s presidential election on April 22 and it was ...
  • The State of Italian Politics

    The State of Italian Politics

    Centro Einaudi | | Europe
    In the first of a quarterly series of updates from the Italian political scene, the Centro Einaudi - a think tank dedicated to the legacy of former Prime Minister Luigi Einaudi - notes that as the economic situation returns from the brink, it becomes harder to convince the Italian public ...
  • News from France!

    News from France!

    Jeremy Jennings | | Europe
    Last Friday I had dinner with a friend from the French Embassy. He and his wife came hotfoot from a reception at the ambassador’s residence in Kensington Park Gardens after what must have been a busy day for Embassy staff. It is hard to over-emphasise the professionalism of such people ...
  • Well done, Prime Minister! Now go for an election!

    Well done, Prime Minister! Now go for an election!

    Tim Knox | | Europe
    The Prime Minister’s decisive action last night is greatly welcome. By using the national veto, he has saved our sovereignty, our economic interests and his own reputation.But now comes the hard part. This is only the beginning of a new phase in our relationship with the club-within-a-club of the European ...
  • Is this how democracy dies? With thunderous applause

    Is this how democracy dies? With thunderous applause

    Lewis Brown | | Europe
    This week at the CPS we launched the first of our new debate series ‘Do critics of Conservative Euro-sceptics have anything to apologise for?’. Following on from Peter Oborne’s Guilty Men book, the debate between Oborne and Times journalist David Aaronovitch centres around the prescience of those who did not ...