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10 takeaways on Cameron’s EU speech

10 takeaways on Cameron’s EU speech

| November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opinion by Denis MacShane  1)   It was a speech in two halves.  The first half repeated the traditional Eurosceptic moans about the EU. The second half explained that a single market needs rules, that British security was stronger by being in the EU, that Norway and the Swiss have to abide by EU rules and […]

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Cameron warms to EU but is it too late?

Cameron warms to EU but is it too late?

| October 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opinion by Denis MacShane Inch by inch or perhaps millimetre by millimetre the British establishment is coming to terms with the idea that Britain should remain in, not leave the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron has been notably warmer about the advantages of being at the table where the world’s biggest trading block takes […]

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Odds on Brexit shorten with Labour’s Leftist Robespierre leader

Odds on Brexit shorten with Labour’s Leftist Robespierre leader

| October 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opinion by Denis MacShane After 13 years of leadership by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, two classic right-wing social democrats, pro-business, pro-EU, pro-American and against emotional leftism, Labour has massively endorsed a man who is their opposite in every imaginable way. In one of the most dramatic movements in European politics so far this century, […]

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Mr Cameron’s ‘Double-Speak’ on Europe

Mr Cameron’s ‘Double-Speak’ on Europe

Opinion by Denis MacShane   Open The Guardian and The Independent and it seems as if the EU referendum is already won for the In camp. The Guardian reports one pro-EU source who said: ‘There has been a massive change in tone. Ministers have looked at the polls – which show a 50/50 split if you […]

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EU ‘Zombie Zone’ in West Balkans makes refugee solution harder

EU ‘Zombie Zone’ in West Balkans makes refugee solution harder

| September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Denis MacShane    Greece beat Macedonia in a tight basketball championship match this month. The game was played in Croatia but foreigners watching a thrilling contest on Greek television would have been at a loss to know who the Greeks were playing as the name of  Greece’s opponents was left blank on TV screens.     This […]

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As Cameron drops social Europe changes, what’s left of his EU renegotiations?

As Cameron drops social Europe changes, what’s left of his EU renegotiations?

| September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opinion by Denis MacShane  In this era of topsy-turver politics on Britain is the extraordinary U-turn David Cameron has just done on Social Europe is still an unusual shift in Conservative Party thinking on both trade unions and on the EU.   ‘Social Europe’ has been the main target for British business and Tory MPs over the […]

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Compare West Balkans 1995-2015 with West Europe 1945-1965 and despair

Compare West Balkans 1995-2015 with West Europe 1945-1965 and despair

Opinion by Denis MacShane      Imagine 1965 and there were no diplomatic relations between key West European states; public opinion was dominated by claims over who was responsible for wartime atrocities; the US insisted on setting up war crimes courts on an extra-territorial basis to deal with allegations of brutality by liberation movements; and criminal economic […]

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