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Cameron vows to reject €2 billion EU bill

24.10.14 @ 16:16

UK prime minister David Cameron vowed to oppose "in every way possible" the extra €2.1 billion EU budget bill, which he said was 'completely unjustified and unacceptable', as the row dominated the second day of the ...

Cameron slapped with new €2bn EU bill

24.10.14 @ 09:47

David Cameron was presented with a new bill for €2.1 billion by the European Commission on Thursday (23 October) as he endured another embarrassing setback in the EU capital. The UK prime minister was told at Thursday's ...

Poll shows UK support for EU at 20-year high

23.10.14 @ 13:38

The rise of the UK Independence party has coincided with increased support for Britain remaining part of the EU, according to a survey published on Wednesday (22 October). Fifty-six percent of Britons would vote to stay ...

OpinionCameron's tight-rope walk on free movement

22.10.14 @ 18:35

EU migration will be the key battle in the UK election next year. That’s obvious. Polls show that immigration is the number one issue for British voters; they care about it more than the economy - and after years of ...

Barroso draws EU red lines in UK speech

20.10.14 @ 09:28

Britain risks “alienating” friends in Europe by loose talk of migration curbs, the outgoing European Commission chief is to warn. “It is an illusion to believe that space for dialogue can be created if the tone and ...

OpinionCameron's unclear narrative

15.10.14 @ 09:36

The British commissioner Designate, Jonathan Hill, has now passed every test bar one, the vote in plenary. Since the relevant European Parliament committees have agreed his candidature, Hill is, at the time of going to ...

FocusLondon's forgotten city siblings

15.10.14 @ 09:07

Will English cities gain new powers from a new UK devolution settlement? That is one question following the Scottish referendum. A popular line among independence campaigners was that Scotland had been getting poorer as ...

Future EU countries could face new migration curbs

09.10.14 @ 09:26

The European Commission has said future EU members could face extra controls on movement of workers in a concession to the UK. It noted in an enlargement strategy paper, published on Wednesday (8 October), that past ...

EU lets UK subsidise nuclear power plant

08.10.14 @ 16:07

The European Commission is allowing the UK to subsidise the construction of a nuclear power plant which is to account for 7 percent of the country's electricity needs. The UK has revised its scheme in such a way that ...

UK's Hill set to survive after second hearing

08.10.14 @ 09:32

Jonathan Hill is set to be approved as the EU's next financial services chief, following his second grilling in the European Parliament. Speaking on Tuesday (7 October), for the second time in a week, with MEPs on the ...

FocusBetter together - a new hope for a federal Europe

08.10.14 @ 08:23

The victory of the No in the referendum on Scotland's independence has saved the United Kingdom. However, it is clear that post-referendum UK will be different from pre-referendum UK. This is because, after promises of ...

EU unlikely to reform treaties, French PM tells Cameron

07.10.14 @ 09:25

Re-opening the EU treaties to satisfy the UK would be “perilous” and deflect attention from dealing with the bloc's struggling economy, French prime minister Manuel Valls has said on a visit to London. Speaking in the ...

UK faces 'nuclear option' if it scraps European rights charter

06.10.14 @ 17:30

The European Commission may seek to suspend the UK's voting rights at the EU level should it withdraw from the European convention of human rights. The threat surfaced after a Tory policy document issued last week by ...

MEPs summon UK's Hill to second hearing

01.10.14 @ 21:19

MEPs have summoned the UK’s European Commission nominee, Jonathan Hill, to a second hearing amid concerns on Banking Union and Eurobonds. Hill impressed deputies with his personal commitment to the EU post during the ...

AnalysisSelf-defeating Tories fighting over Europe again

29.09.14 @ 18:36

While most British politicos have spent the last month on the beach or fretting about the possibility of the Scottish people sending the United Kingdom to its grave, the UK Conservative party spent the summer having yet ...

'I could back No vote' on EU, Cameron says

29.09.14 @ 09:21

David Cameron has suggested that he would campaign for Britain to leave the EU if he is unable to renegotiate the country's membership terms. Speaking in a BBC interview on Sunday (28 September), the UK prime minister ...

UK commissioner deprived of power to oversee bankers' pay

27.09.14 @ 09:19

The European Commission has played down suggestions that it had deliberately stripped the UK's commission candidate of responsibility for policing the EU's bank bonus rules. Officials with Commission President designate ...

AnalysisCrises of confidence in UK party conference land

24.09.14 @ 18:00

The September party conference season has always been political jamboree time in the UK. For a caffeine-fuelled month, ordinary party members have the chance to hob-nob and get drunk with the country's senior ...

OpinionCameron's logic calls for eurozone democracy

23.09.14 @ 15:23

Those who thought that a ‘no’ vote in the Scottish referendum on independence would end discussions on the United Kingdom’s institutional architecture were sadly wrong. What’s more, the outcome may indirectly influence ...

Cameron in a pickle over Scotland promises

22.09.14 @ 09:24

British PM David Cameron is under fire from his own party and from the Labour opposition for having promised more powers to Scotland but being vague on similar devolution plans for England. Cameron on Monday (22 ...

OpinionScotland's referendum - nothing and everything changes

19.09.14 @ 15:04

In the end nothing changed and everything changed. Scottish people voted with a decisive majority against independence on Thursday (18 September) but the conversation in the UK has only just begun. David Cameron, ...

OpinionThe road ahead for an independent Scotland

16.09.14 @ 12:43

With two days to go before Scotland votes on whether to cut the chord on its 300-year old relationship with London, opinion polls indicate that the final result is simply too close to call. The ‘Yes’ campaign had ...

AgendaAll eyes on Scottish independence vote this WEEK

12.09.14 @ 16:29

This week most of the EU's attention will focus on Scottish voters who, on Thursday, will decide whether they want their country to break away from its 300-year union with rest of the UK. Already a searing political ...

Online anti-EU networks fragmented and nation-based

12.09.14 @ 09:24

Anti-EU online networks are as fragmented and nationally-based as in the real world and they tend to operate in isolation, but the big exception is Ukip which has built up a large online network in the UK. A study by ...

Most Europeans want Britain to stay in EU

11.09.14 @ 09:24

A majority of Europeans want Britain to remain in the EU, but French people would be happy to see it go, according to a poll by the German Marshall Fund (GMF). The survey, published on Wednesday (10 September), spoke ...

AnalysisScotland vs. Catalonia: Two independence quests, different paths

08.09.14 @ 18:34

Scotland and Catalonia both have strong independence movements, but their paths to this goal are very different. At an event hosted by the Centre for European Policy Studies, a Brussels think-tank, politicians and ...

Scots to back independence, shock poll says

08.09.14 @ 07:58

Scotland is poised to vote Yes on leaving the UK after an opinion poll gave pro-independence campaigners a shock lead. Just days before Scotland's four million voters go to the polls on 18 September to decide whether to ...

Choose between pound or EU membership, Rehn tells Scots

03.09.14 @ 09:26

An independent Scotland would have to choose between using the pound and joining the EU, the bloc's former economic affairs commissioner has said. In a letter to the UK's treasury minister Danny Alexander released on ...

Cameron faces new EU referendum backlash

01.09.14 @ 09:22

David Cameron is under new pressure from a eurosceptic backlash inside his Conservative party, amid reports that up to 100 of his MPs will promise to vote for Britain's withdrawal from the EU after the next election. ...

Scottish separatist wins TV debate ahead of referendum

26.08.14 @ 09:30

Scotland's pro-independence leader Alex Salmond on Monday (25 August) was seen as the winner of a final TV debate before a referendum which could lead to the creation of a new EU member state. The BBC debate, spiced up ...

EU migrants urged to back Scots independence bid

25.08.14 @ 09:19

Scottish independence campaigners are bidding to swing the country's 160,000 migrants from other EU countries to the independence cause by arguing that staying rather than leaving the UK poses a greater threat to ...

Scottish EU membership 'not in serious doubt'

21.08.14 @ 09:28

Scotland’s EU membership “is not in any serious doubt” if the country votes for independence, according to new research by constitutional experts. Published on Wednesday (20 August), the report by Edinburgh University ...

One month to go: Scots confident of keeping EU membership

18.08.14 @ 09:29

With one month to go until Scotland’s referendum on independence from the UK on 18 September, polls indicate the Yes side is gaining ground. A new survey by ICM published on Monday (18 August) showed the pro- ...

Currency a flashpoint in TV debate on Scotland's future

06.08.14 @ 09:24

Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond faced repeated calls during a key TV debate on Tuesday evening (5 August) to be clear about what currency an independent Scotland would use. The issue was a flashpoint during a ...

UK exit better than staying in unreformed EU, says report

04.08.14 @ 09:29

A UK exit is better than remaning in an un-reformed EU, according to an upcoming report commissioned by London mayor Boris Johnson. But the report, drafted by Johnson’s chief economic adviser Gerard Lyons, also warns an ...

EU to 'scrutinise' Cameron's migrant benefits plan

30.07.14 @ 09:15

The British government announced on Tuesday (29 July) it will tighten benefits for unemployed migrants from the EU in plans the European Commission has said it will examine closely. Under the proposals, London is to ...

UK is still sending arms to Russia, say MPs

23.07.14 @ 09:12

The UK is still exporting millions of euros worth of arms to Russia, despite fears that Moscow has been arming separatists in Ukraine. A report by MPs, published Tuesday (23 July), said that 251 licences worth around £ ...

UK foreign minister favours leaving EU if no reforms

21.07.14 @ 09:29

Deep reforms on how the EU operates and is governed are needed if the UK is to remain a member of the Union, Britain's new foreign minister has said. Tory minister Philip Hammond, who was appointed to his new role last ...

UK nominates obscure Lord for EU commission

15.07.14 @ 16:11

British PM David Cameron has made Lord Jonathan Hill his surprise nomination to be the UK's next EU commissioner. The nomination of Hill, a relative unknown in domestic politics, is part of the UK leader's most ...

Juncker wants 'fair deal' for Britain

09.07.14 @ 15:26

Future EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has denied being a federalist and said he wants a "fair deal" for Britain on the terms of its EU membership. Speaking to the British Conservative-dominated ECR group in ...

Post EU ElectionsCameron mends ties with Juncker

30.06.14 @ 09:27

British PM David Cameron has reached out to Jean-Claude Juncker, after having failed to prevent his nomination as European Commission chief. Cameron on Sunday (29 June) phoned the former Luxembourg leader to ...

Post EU ElectionsCameron defiant following Juncker defeat

27.06.14 @ 19:31

UK Prime Minister David Cameron insisted that he had no regrets and would "do it all again," despite being soundly defeated in his bid to prevent Jean Claude Juncker becoming the next President of the European ...

Independent Scotland would face £500 million EU bill

26.06.14 @ 18:15

An independent Scotland would pay an extra £500 million a year to stay in the European Union, former UK prime minister Gordon Brown has told MEPs. “As part of the UK, the contribution made by Scottish taxpayers to the ...

Post EU ElectionsEU leaders to vote Juncker as commission chief

26.06.14 @ 07:14

EU leaders are likely to put Jean-Claude Juncker at the helm of the next European Commission at this week’s summit despite British opposition. But they are not expected to assign the other top jobs in a traditional ...

Post EU ElectionsCameron to force vote on Juncker nomination

24.06.14 @ 09:29

UK prime minister David Cameron is to force EU leaders to vote on whether to appoint Jean Claude Juncker to become the next president of the European Commission at a summit later this week. "I had a full and frank ...

AnalysisScottish referendum debate defined by political opportunism

23.06.14 @ 09:08

On 18 September this year, just over 4 million Scottish voters will have the chance to vote yes or no to the following: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" A simple question, but it ought to be a profound one, ...

Post EU ElectionsUK to go to the wire in anti-Juncker push

18.06.14 @ 16:40

The UK has indicated that it is prepared to take its fight to stop Jean-Claude Juncker becoming EU commission president right to its conclusion, possibly provoking an unprecedented vote among EU leaders at next week's ...

Post EU ElectionsMuslim candidate wants to shake up EU parliament

18.06.14 @ 10:30

Sajjad Karim is not your average British Conservative. The 43-year old of Pakistani descent was the first British Muslim to be elected as MEP, in 2004. He started politics at the age of seven handing out leaflets for a ...

Post EU ElectionsFighting Juncker – how not to conduct a battle

16.06.14 @ 17:10

It is a bizarre way to fight a battle, particularly when the stakes are so high. What led David Cameron to pursue this anti-Juncker campaign in such a spectacularly foot-stomping manner? His stirring of the tabloids, ...

Post EU ElectionsThe populist Finns, Cameron's new political bedfellows

16.06.14 @ 09:25

As UK prime minister David Cameron's Conservatives set about reforming the anti-federalist European Conservative and Reformist (ECR) group in the European Parliament, the spotlight has fallen on their new allies. In a ...