Nick Witney (6)

  •  The fast-approaching descent to hell

    The fast-approaching descent to hell

    The next Brexit crisis point is fast approaching – the British government must decide by 30 June whether to request an extension to the current ‘transition’ period. The moment could be used to avert a disastrous economic rupture between the European Union and United Kingdom at the end of the year. But nothing serious will happen on the British side unless PM Boris Johnson acts. Will he make the effort?

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  • Now or never on European defence

    Now or never on European defence

    The unholy trinity of Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and the Islamic State group have caused defence to return to the top of the European agenda. And the conjunction of Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, and economic recovery has opened real possibilities for progress. The idea of a 'pioneer group' of member states has been on the table for a decade – it is now time for the Franco-German couple to make it happen.

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  • European defence: More smoke, less fire

    European defence: More smoke, less fire

    There are plenty of ways Europe can improve defence co-ordination if its leaders truly want to move down this path. The determining factor will be political will in national capitals. “Europe needs to toughen up. Nowhere is this truer than in our defence policy.”

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  • Britain is part of Europe, whether you like it or not

    Britain is part of Europe, whether you like it or not

    So the “renegotiation” is over, and the referendum campaign begins in earnest. And what a dispiriting affair it promises to be, as “Fear” slugs it out with “Loathing”. PM David Cameron, optimistic by temperament and necessity, will of course put the best possible gloss on the new deal, but what he will be presenting will essentially be a set of protections - from excessive regulation, from Euro group domination, from the ratchet of “ever closer union”, and above all from EU migration. The message will be one of damage limitation.

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