Category Archives: Euro

A future for the UK in Europe

(This is a slightly edited version of my opening statement in oral evidence I gave on 10 July 2012 to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry on the future of the UK government’s EU policy) It is one of the great ironies of European history that the Member State which has been consistently […]
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Gambling in the Hague

(A shortened version of this post appears in this month’s State of the Left Review) Two months ago, the members of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) overwhelmingly voted for Diederik Samsom to be their new leader. Today he is fighting his first general election campaign. Rarely has an opposition leader’s call for “elections, now!” been […]
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Can Diederik Samsom save Dutch Labour?

(This article, which was published in the March edition of Policy Network’s State of the Left review, is an adapation of an earlier blog post published here.) Last Saturday over 1,000 members of the Dutch Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid, or PvdA) gathered in Rotterdam for a special party conference with just one item […]
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Double Dutch: how the Rutte government nearly lost the europlot

From the start of the current economic crisis the Dutch government has insisted on strict budgetary discipline in troubled eurozone countries – in particular for Greece. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, the Netherlands is one of the biggest net contributors to the various eurozone rescue packages. This week the fiscally responsible Dutch […]
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How Cameron’s kamikaze act could have been prevented

Did David Cameron deliberately manoeuvre the UK into splendid isolation last night, or was it an accident that could have been prevented? The latter, if the following account from someone who followed the proceeding closely is to be believed: “I gather that the UK presented a whole draft protocol to the Council legal service the day before the […]
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Victory for Europe, disaster for Britain

By Professor Simon Hix At the EU summit in Brussels yesterday Britain lived up to its century old stereotype of “perfidious albion”; which Wikipedia describes as “a pejorative phrase used within the context of international relations and diplomacy to refer to acts of duplicity, treachery and hence infidelity (with respect to promises made to or […]
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To get out of this crisis, we need to rebuild Europe from scratch

(A reworked version of this blogpost was published as an op-ed in Dutch by de Volkskrant on 24 November 2011. A Spanish translation was published by El Pais on 2 December 2011.) In an op-ed published recently in the Financial Times, Jean-Claude Piris, who is the former chief lawyer for the EU Council of Ministers, […]
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Open letter: the eurocrisis needs a solution, now

The euro crisis needs a solution, now. The current measures are too little and too late and are precipitating global financial turmoil. The euro is far from perfect, as this crisis has revealed. But the answer is to fix its faults rather than allowing it to undermine and perhaps destroy the global financial system. We, […]
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