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Blog Profile / Gavin Hewitt's Europe

Filed Under:News / International Affairs
Posts on Regator:383
Posts / Week:1.9
Archived Since:February 21, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Europe in 2015: A year of insecurity

For Europe, 2015 will witness another attempt to reach a place of safety. For the past two years European officials and leaders have declared the economic crisis over. In the past six months a sense of foreboding has returned. The dangers are not the same as 2012. Show More Summary

Europe in 2014: Ghosts return

For Europe this has been the year when ghosts - long thought buried - returned. For nearly 70 years Europe had held to a core principle: that borders could not be changed by force. In Crimea - and in eastern Ukraine - Russian President...Show More Summary

Cameron, migration and the Germans

David Cameron was speaking to different audiences today. Of course there was the British electorate and his own restive backbenchers but he was also addressing the Europeans and in particular the Germans. Berlin had been genuinely shocked...Show More Summary

Kick-starting the European economy

The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled his big plan today to boost the European economy. "Europe needs a kick-start," he said, "and the Commission is applying the jump leads". The aim is to get the private...Show More Summary

Pope Francis hits out at 'bureaucratic' Europe

Apart from Italy, Pope Francis has not visited an EU country. Some in Europe felt ignored, so a speech was arranged to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. This was not a pastoral visit. It was as close to a political speech as the Pope could make. Show More Summary

Germany's spluttering economy

The narrative has been there for so long that it almost goes unchallenged. Germany is the "engine room" of the eurozone. Only recently, while much of Europe was mired in economic crisis, Germany was celebrating "Wirtschaftswunder", an...Show More Summary

Change has come to Brussels

It is only day four of the new European Commission and Brussels crackles with expectation. The Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is blunt, abrasive and unafraid of a fight. Compared with his predecessor he is unplugged. And the...Show More Summary

EU migrants: Merkel v Cameron

The suggestion that Angela Merkel would rather see Britain leave the EU than accede to changes to the EU's freedom of movement principle has raised political temperatures in the UK. Firstly, within the political establishment in Berlin there is increasing frustration with the UK. Show More Summary

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

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