Europe, Foreign Affairs

A tale of two Ukraines – is it even possible?

By Calum Heaton Stretching less than 530 miles down the Dniester River in Moldova is a living relic of the past. The “Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic”, more commonly known as Transnistria, is a communist breakaway state founded in the chaos of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Fearing the complete removal […]

by × March 2, 2014 ×


Europe: the third rail

By Owen Pugh The third rail is the one they say never to touch when crossing a railway line. That’s because it’s the one electrified one and, if you touch it, it’ll send 1200 volts shooting through your body – which will rapidly fry you from the inside out. Basically […]

by × January 22, 2014 ×


Put that ruddy light out!

The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health & Food Safety committee sensationally reclassified e-cigarettes as medicinal products this month. The e-cigarette has been instrumental in recent years in aiding thousands of smokers to quit. For those who are unfamiliar with the e-cigarette, it allows the consumer to get their nicotine fix […]

by × July 25, 2013 ×


Go East, young man!

Ever since its inception, the European project has been dominated by a partnership originally inspired by reconciliation but now predominantly borne out of stone cold realism. The Franco-German motor that has driven the European Union has been largely unshakeable. Today they may disagree over macroeconomic policy but in reality they […]

by × July 24, 2013 ×


The EU divorce paper?

The EU divorce paper?

“We need to give serious consideration to how the UK could have a free and prosperous economy outside the EU.” The Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) announced that it was going to award a prize of €100,000 to the lucky participant who came up with the best Brexit (British exit […]

by × July 23, 2013 ×

Europe, Foreign Affairs

The Brussels ultimatum: espionage and
trading secrets

 “This is a serious issue that no one over 40 years of age really gets. It is about our lives.” They (the European Union) will be more effective in changing these practices than the UK acting alone.” – David Davis MP, July 2013 Over the past few weeks, western democracies […]

by × July 16, 2013 ×


Rumination on the Federation

This piece will assume the mind of a eurosceptic, cognizant of the evolution of the European project and dismayed by the stark reality of the subsequent development of what once was a device for mutual cooperation between European states at the dawning of the Cold War. When the guns fell silent […]

by × June 3, 2013 ×


The EU: ignoring history at its peril

By Calum Heaton-Gent When the euro currency was officially introduced in January 1999, it apparently harked a new age of European financial success. Yet this was not the first attempt at currency unification. And neither will it be the first and last to fail.  On December 23, 1865, the nations of […]

by × May 15, 2013 ×


Northern lights at the end of the tunnel

By Thomas Kingston To deny the EU is in crisis would be tantamount to imbecility and is something most political groupings agree on. So with the majority agreeing Europe is broken and that something needs to happen in reaction to this meltdown, why there is so much bickering? Well mainly […]

by × May 14, 2013 ×

Europe, Home Affairs

The wind is changing – and Cameron’s

I wasn’t a member of the Conservative party in 2005, when David Cameron was elected, and I have often wondered how I would have cast my vote if I had. Thinking about it, had my conversion from socialism occurred two years earlier, I would probably have voted for David Davis. […]

by × May 13, 2013 ×


Are Italians a libertarian people?

This might seem an odd question to ask. Italy, after all, is hardly known for its fiscal responsibility, low taxes and light regulation. It is far better known for its corruption, financial incompetence, high taxes, paralysing labour regulation and for having a postal service so unreliable most eBay sellers won’t […]

by × May 11, 2013 ×

Europe, Foreign Affairs

The Belgian Connection

Many of you will have your own impression of Brussels. Not so much because you have visited the Belgian capital city, but because of those dreaded initials we often hear in Conservative circles, those letters which invoke suspicion, profligacy and authoritarianism. They run parallel to Voldemort and almost reside within […]

by × April 30, 2013 ×