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Blog Profile / Gavin Hewitt's Europe

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UK caught up in new EU budget row

About a week ago the UK learned that it would have to pay a surcharge of £1.7bn (€2.1bn) to the EU by 1 December. It was described as a technical adjustment based on the fact that in recent years Britain's wealth has increased more than others. The extra payment will amount to about 20% of what the UK pays annually. Show More Summary

Tories split over Juncker's Commission

In the European political calendar, today in Strasbourg warranted a big turnout. The European Parliament voted to back a new Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker. The UK commissioner is Jonathan Hill, with responsibility for financial regulation. The view in Europe is that the UK got the post it most valued. Show More Summary

Europe's crisis that won't go away

Exactly five years ago Europe awoke to its own crisis. In October 2009 the incoming Greek government revealed that its budget deficit was not 6.7%, as publicly stated, but closer to 13%. The published accounts were as good as fakes.Show More Summary

Eurozone split - Europe's central drama

On Wednesday Europe's leaders will gather in Milan for their on-off-on-again summit on jobs and growth. Expectations are low. The meeting is very much the idea of the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, wanting to demonstrate to aShow More Summary

UK's Lord Hill meets his EU critics

It was the confirmation hearing that people wanted to queue for. The expectation was that Lord Hill, the British politician appointed to be the European commissioner for financial regulation, would be verbally roughed up. It never really happened. Show More Summary

EU hearings: The grilling of Lord Hill

In the middle of the day on Wednesday a former leader of the House of Lords will face a three-hour grilling in the European Parliament. It is fair to say that Lord Hill will never have endured such a detailed public questioning before. Jonathan Hill is the UK's nominee for the job of EU Commissioner. Show More Summary

Scotland's vote weighs on Europe

Amongst the officials of Europe, Scotland is a topic they recoil from. No one wishes to take a public stand which could influence the outcome of Thursday's referendum. It is a matter, they add, for Scotland and the rest of the UK. But privately the European instinct is against the break-up of established countries. Show More Summary

Juncker's olive branch to Britain

The UK got a top post in the new EU Commission and the one it particularly wanted. Jonathan Hill will be the commissioner responsible for regulating Europe's financial services and the new rules for the banks. Although he will be acting...Show More Summary

Eyes on Juncker as he unveils team

Some time this week a little-known British politician will be assigned a portfolio in Brussels. To most people, preoccupied with the future of the United Kingdom, the appointment will attract little attention. Yet who gets what job in...Show More Summary

A peace project at a time of war

At last Saturday's summit in Brussels the EU's new foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that, at heart, the European Union was a "peace project". It is often defended with those words but now it is a "peace project" at a time of war. Show More Summary

Eurozone anxiety overshadows EU summit

In the midst of cascading international crises, Europe's leaders are set to meet for an unusual Saturday summit. The meeting has long been in the diary and its agenda is to decide on two of the EU's top jobs. It is at once controversial. Show More Summary

France and the shadow of the euro

President Francois Hollande has been overseeing the creation of his third cabinet in two years. The resignation of his government on Monday was partly due to feuding, personal ambition, and the divisions between centre-left politicians...Show More Summary

Europe: All change on Iraq

In just a few days in August everything changed. Or that is how it seems in Europe. The language of politics is different. French President Francois Hollande said: "I believe the international situation is the worst we've seen sinceShow More Summary

EU tackles crises in Iraq and Ukraine

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels have broadly welcomed moves by some European countries to provide military material to the Kurds. The agreement only recognised reality. The French are already supplying weapons. French Foreign...Show More Summary

The eurozone's grim economic reality

Over recent weeks, the French government has been saying it would "tell the French the truth" about the economy. A new reality is dawning. French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has spoken of Europe's "economic malaise". After anotherShow More Summary

Ukraine conflict: EU squeezes Russia

EU ambassadors are likely today to adopt economic sanctions against Russia. Up until now they have targeted individuals and companies for travel bans and a freeze of assets. The list has grown to 87 people and 18 entities. New namesShow More Summary

Anti-Semitism comes back to haunt Europe

It has been in the background at some of the demonstrations against Israeli actions in Gaza. Recently, during a protest in Paris, a synagogue was attacked and there were chants of "Jews to the gas chambers". In Sarcelles they used the...Show More Summary

Europe's troubles exposed by MH17 crash

Ukraine exposes Europe. Its agony and tragedy casts an unrelenting gaze on Europe's leaders. When it comes to sending a convincing message to Russia there have been months of indecision, weakness and self-interest. Even after the reported shooting down of the Malaysian airliner, Europe's foreign ministers struggled to convince. Show More Summary

MH17 plane crash: EU moment of decision

For months the EU has displayed extreme reluctance over tightening sanctions against Russia over Ukraine. It has preferred to take small steps - travel bans and asset freezes against individuals - rather than to go after the "inner circle"'...Show More Summary

The real Jean-Claude Juncker

In the end Jean-Claude Juncker's anointment as Europe's most powerful official came with moments of theatre. When Mr Juncker made an impassioned defence of the euro - "the single currency didn't split Europe... it defends Europe" - there were howls of derision from the UKIP benches. Show More Summary

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