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Blog Profile / Gavin Hewitt's Europe

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Posts on Regator:365
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Archived Since:February 21, 2011

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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

Europe's Mr President

Sometime on Tuesday morning Jean-Claude Juncker will become the most powerful official in Europe. Almost certainly he will get the backing of more than 376 MEPs and so win approval from the European Parliament. In November he will take...Show More Summary

Europe: Big jobs and low growth

This is a week which will decide some of the ins and outs - who will be the stars in the EU firmament. It is a game played with some intensity. The nation states are all proposing names to be their EU commissioner - who gets what will tell us much about power and influence in Brussels over the next five years. Show More Summary

Europe: The power battles begin again

In Strasbourg on Tuesday the new and increasingly powerful European Parliament is meeting. It will bristle with energy. There will be a parade of anti-establishment figures many of whom want to shake the EU temple. Marine Le Pen, Nigel...Show More Summary

Olive branches fail to disguise deep Juncker division

David Cameron tried to make a virtue out of his failure to block the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker for European Commission president. Even before Mr Cameron had made his impassioned pitch to Europe's leaders, his aides were portraying...Show More Summary

Cameron's allies against Juncker fall away

A senior British diplomat has said David Cameron will "not row back", that he will fight on to prevent Jean-Claude Juncker becoming head of the European Commission. But even as British officials were saying the prime minister would insist on a vote at the summit on Friday, some of David Cameron's potential allies were falling away. Show More Summary

Is Merkel damaged by Juncker row?

In the battle over who should become the next president of the European Commission, David Cameron is depicted as the loser - "isolated", "incompetent", a serial mis-reader of Brussels politics. Yet David Cameron is not alone in finding...Show More Summary

The EU's curious choice of president

It will be a curious nomination. Almost certainly this week the EU's heads of government will nominate the centre-right politician Jean-Claude Juncker to be the most powerful official in the EU. Why curious? Because very few officials...Show More Summary

Cameron's EU battle over Juncker

In Brussels they are looking for signs of a British white flag, such is the certainty that David Cameron has lost his battle to stop Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next president of the European Commission. Words and phrases are studied and scrutinised for the first sign of retreat. Show More Summary

Europe's giant tussle over Juncker

Viewed from North America, where I have been for the past two weeks, events in Europe since the May European Parliament elections have been hard to explain to a distant audience. On the surface, a gigantic tussle surrounds a politician few voters have heard of. Show More Summary

EU elections: The European malaise

Europe's leaders gathered in Brussels knowing that there had been a huge protest vote against the European establishment. The number of MEPs from Eurosceptic parties had doubled. The election result has sapped confidence. That was apparent when they met for Tuesday's informal dinner. Show More Summary

Euro elections: The European revolt

The revolt had been a long time brewing. The rising voices of discontent. The anti-austerity protests. The steady rise of Eurosceptic parties. Even so, the shock could not be disguised when a stridently anti-EU party topped the poll in France. Show More Summary

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