The front-runner to succeed Merkel has perfected the art of making not having a row, indeed not making a decision, sound reasonable.
Posts Tagged: EU
Henry Hill: Frost secures a stay of execution for British trade with Northern Ireland, but no sign of a pardon yet
An agreement to extend grace periods would avoid the Government having to do so unilaterally, as it did previously.
The process of leaving brutally exposed some of the UK’s shortcomings. But a Remain vote would have hid them, not solved them.
It’s also about much more, of course. But the wrangle over a legal principle is also over the consequences of enforcing it.
Stephen Booth: Switzerland’s painstaking negotiations with the EU tell us a lot about our future relationship with Brussels
We can expect greater divergence, whether we like it or not, and should focus on our diplomatic relationships outside the bloc.
Garvan Walshe: Lukashenko’s air piracy. By way of western response, sanctions are only a start. Here’s what we need to do next.
Universities need heavier scrutiny. Owners must be identified. Media backed by regimes that restrict freedom should be denied broadcast licenses.
Labour isn’t focused on the second, preferring to blame others for problems, and too many of its activists aren’t the first, either.
The centre isn’t where he or ConservativeHome or anyone else wants it to be. It’s where it is – “Far From Notting Hill”.
What we need is to promote a higher wage, higher productivity economy. Our economic targets should reflect those aims.
Sturgeon says they will negotiate so that “businesses do not, in a practical sense, suffer any of that”.
David Gauke: Free trade on vaccines. The EU may have made threats, but it is the US that has actually blocked exports.
Plus: Why as an Ipswich supporter I’m happy to see the end to the European Super League. And: My take on Mercer’s resignation.
Political leadership is needed in Belfast no less than in London – in some respects, even more so.
Looked at in the round, over the 2010-2016 period, the UK had the joint highest growth for a G7 economy, level with the US.
Stephen Booth: Merkel’s departure is Macron’s opportunity – an opening for his dreams of an even closer Union
And if Germany’s Greens are in government after the federal election, they will be inclined to help him.
The UK and governments across the west have started to act. But we’re still just starting to figure out how to respond.