Due to internal tensions, the Union can lack coherence and focus, often particularly evident in its efforts to implement a collective foreign policy.
The suspension of the vaccine will lead to more problems in areas that are already struggling with their roll outs.
If we impose yet more draconian prison sentences to win a political arms race, the burdens on the taxpayer will become unsustainable.
Macron has been steadfast in his belief that the EU should stand firm on access to UK waters. He may be forced to compromise, however.
The US and UK, along with other countries in Europe, are fighting to ensure that no one is persecuted for their religious beliefs.
Given the EU’s risk levels, its lack of investment in NATO and its poor relations with its neighbours, it is hardly an attractive partner; more of a liability.
Three cheers for three reforms: of the civil service, of Ministers and of one that this Government tends to avoid – of public services.
Trying to decipher which Government has been “best” and “worst” at handling the crisis is a tricky endeavour.
Figures from national reported statistics suggest that the UK is in the middle of the range – above Germany & America but below Belgium & Spain.
Often, these are not only hugely inaccurate, but paint a damagingly distorted picture which can influence public opinion and, through doing so, public policy.
The only way of pushing such a narrative is to remove context and nuance from the data.
Unless you think the projected caseload was wrong by an order of magnitude, it was the only way to buy time.
We must now consider targeting particular carbon intensive goods and power supplies which are imported and carry a large transport and transmission footprint.
Harmonisation flies in the face of global trends towards equivalence rather than the highly legalistic regulatory formula favoured by the Union.
Doing so would improve social integration, enhance the contribution that migrants make, and allay public discontent over immigration.