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The anonymous heroes of the political Twittersphere

The anonymous heroes of the political Twittersphere

by Alexander Wickham / 06 Feb 2012 11:42

There are three types of politicos on Twitter. First, there are those who unswervingly – and sometimes excruciatingly – toe the party line, forever insisting that their party leader has given a strong and assured performance in the latest PMQs or radio interview. Let’s call them the Peter Hains. Second, there are those who stand out from the crowd; the insightful and opinionated tweeters that have something of genuine interest to say. The

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Cameron used the veto to keep us in the EU

Cameron used the veto to keep us in the EU

by Darren Ennis / 13 Dec 2011 09:30

Based on Monday’s testimony in the House of Commons and diplomatic sources in Brussels, David Cameron may in fact have used his EU veto to keep Britain in the 27-nation bloc and not taken a step towards leaving the European Union.

If he had signed up to or agreed in any form to a new EU treaty involving the UK, he would have been forced to hold a referendum on EU membership. A

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'Little Englander' diplomacy

by Martin Shapland / 09 Dec 2011 15:50

In the post-summit photocall of leaders this morning, David Cameron stood right on the edge.

I’ll leave that metaphor hanging in the air for a moment.

It’s clear that Cameron never intended to sign up to any treaty alteration. Indeed I’d go as far to say as the decision this morning to veto was pre-meditated. The PM’s demands were so irreconcilable, so contrary to what the French and

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PMQs: An exercise in expectation management over Europe

by Caroline Crampton / 07 Dec 2011 12:56

Talking about Europe hasn’t got any easier for David Cameron. One after another, his backbenchers rose during prime minister’s questions to demand that he elaborate his position on fiscal union in the eurozone, and explain his intentions for the repatriation of powers during treaty change discussions.

Over and over again, he declined to provide any details, instead choosing to make vague assertions about how “we will insist on some safeguards for Britain” and

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The eurozone's fiscal marathon

The eurozone's fiscal marathon

by Nik Darlington / 06 Dec 2011 10:33

Last week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer acknowledged – in public! – that he would no longer be able to achieve what he and the coalition government had set out to achieve: tackle the deficit in one Parliament. This was big news. However, the consensus across press seemed to be that he ‘played a bad hand well’. But Osborne didn't just play a bad hand well. He arrived at the House of Commons with

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Have we been acting like Basil Fawlty over Europe?

Have we been acting like Basil Fawlty over Europe?

by Alexander Wickham / 22 Nov 2011 11:43

Last week Tim Montgomerie made a particularly cogent point about how the British media has been reporting the eurozone crisis.

In light of the increasingly important role of Angela Merkel and the German government, the ConHome editor implores: ‘can we talk about Germany without resorting to World War II imagery?’

This is a question that merits considerable thought. Have our newspapers and commentators been justified in their suspicion of German motives

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G20 summit: how will they play the game?

G20 summit: how will they play the game?

by Holly Smith / 03 Nov 2011 13:42

It’s a pretty safe bet that all of President Obama’s days are busy; he is president after all. Today, however he will feel the media spotlight intensify to epic proportions as he shuttles from meeting to meeting, with Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, and the L20, all in the midst of the G20 summit.
 

If you’re the gambling type, and betting on global summits is what you like to do, there’s another

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