If both of the main parties remain locked together in an unpopular pact, it creates more space in which new challengers can grow.
Posts Tagged: Germany
Owen Paterson: Why are we so insular, unimaginative and inward-looking about healthcare? Europe’s systems are better than the NHS.
In a whole host of countries – Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland – A&E waiting times are typically under an hour.
Conventional German politics is still paralysed because being German is still almost impossibly difficult, and being European is pretty difficult, too.
Economically, it could be transformational, as it has been in Norway, which established its fund back in the early 1990s. It is now worth over a trillion dollars.
If the EU is serious about abolishing the idea of a ‘second-class Europe’ – which is the product of 20th Century occupations – it must support us too.
The German consensus which placed no significant party to the right of the CDU, thus bolstering it as a governing force, is breaking down.
Ignoring the family unit means pressures on benefits – and burdening some poorer families with the highest effective marginal tax rate in the developed world.
Those who still refuse to accept we’re really going to leave the EU are misreading the process, the politics, and the people.
James Cartlidge: We should consider joining EFTA – which would give us the brake on unskilled EU migration that we may need
If we are also out of CAP, CFP and direct ECJ jurisdiction, able to negotiate our own trade deals and in the Single Market, it might not be such a bad outcome after all.
Ashley Fox: I believe that there will be a Brexit deal. But Hammond must none the less use his Budget to prepare for the worst.
If the measures involved prove unnecessary, any money lost will be a fraction of the financial gains from having secured a mutually acceptable deal.
After leaving the EU, we must ensure we are well-positioned in terms of regulation, taxation, immigration and – crucially – foreign languages.
Sanjoy Sen: Nudged out of a gas-guzzler, I’m an environmentalist’s dream. But how much difference does switching to hybrids make?
Whatever else unfolds in the coming years, we need to look near and far for learnings and solutions to our emissions challenges.
Young people eat out, often several times a week – my fiancée and I could only afford to eat out once a month at most. They are also better paid, absolutely and relatively.
Berlin has a quite different, and far more leisurely, sense of time to London.
His new thriller is readable, but lets the British Prime Minister and Establishment of 1938 off far too lightly.