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Denis MacShane is a former Labour MP for Rotherham and Europe Minister

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Why Roy Hattersley Is Last of a Kind

(3) Comments | Posted 20 August 2014 | (12:53)

Peter Hennessey has been carrying out a fascinating series of interviews on Radio 4 with veteran politicians like John Major and Roy Hattersley.

It is unlikely we will see their like again as the role and make-up of MPs is changing faster than ever before in Parliament's...

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Warsi Represents Something Cameron Has Never Understood

(5) Comments | Posted 6 August 2014 | (09:01)

The conventional Westminster bubble accounts of Sayeeda Warsi quitting the government rely on unpleasant Tory spin questioning her motives.

In fact there is a much richer Warsi story to be written about the multiple complexities of the British Muslim communities - the plural is important - which cannot be reduced...

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Cameron Telling Porkies Over UK Accepting Paris Veto on Patten as Commission President

(3) Comments | Posted 24 June 2014 | (08:38)

Over the weekend the official 10 Downing Street press machine told political editors that in 2004 the UK proposed Chris Patten as EU Commission President and when France objected Britain gracefully gave way.

Here is the statement as sent out:

"The Prime Minister will...

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David Cameron's Euro Chutzpah

(1) Comments | Posted 13 June 2014 | (11:53)

There is a magnificent Yiddish word - chutzpah - to describe an abuse of truth so brazen that people almost believe the speaker.

The English prime minister is offering Europe a spectacle of chutzpah which takes the breath away.

In a series of article in European papers...

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The Unwanted European Parliament

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2014 | (11:00)

I am not Indian but this week I can vote in the world's biggest election in terms of voters - other than in India. The European Parliament is here to stay. Yes it needs reform. Yes, national parliaments need to be involved in EU law-making but those dreaming of abolishing...

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France's Tony Blair Takes Over

(1) Comments | Posted 1 April 2014 | (10:39)

The new French prime minister Manuel Valls, has a fatal attraction. The European politicians he always talks about as the one he most admires is Tony Blair. Not the Blair of the Iraq war who remains a contested figure on the French and wider European democratic left but the Tony...

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Miliband Stakes All on Saying No to an EU Referendum

(1) Comments | Posted 12 March 2014 | (10:28)

Alea iacta est. In a move of remarkable political courage Ed Miliband, the Labour Party leader, will fight the 2015 election as well as the May 2014 European election opposed to Prime Minister David Cameron's promise of an In-Out referendum in 2017.

If Mr Miliband becomes the Prime Minister he...

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Why Does Germany Say No to Everything?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2013 | (08:42)

When will Germany say Yes to something? 30 years ago the fashionable button to sport as an engaged German citizen said "Nuclear. Nein danke." Now Germans have turned "Just Say Nein" into a political philosophy which is having a profound impact on the rest of Europe.

Munich has just said...

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Rock of Ages

(22) Comments | Posted 8 August 2013 | (00:00)

It was the wily old British prime minister, Jim Callaghan, who got Gibraltar right. Discussing the problem with his Spanish opposite number soon after Franco's death, Callgahan said: "You know, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar." Exactly the same dictum exists in Spanish but as the 50th...

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What Cameron Sows in Europe He Reaps

(9) Comments | Posted 29 October 2012 | (13:54)

Whether or not the new chief whip, Sir George Young, can persuade eurosceptic MPs to vote for more EU spending on Wednesday is a minor question of parliamentary power plays.

What counts is that the 15-year long campaign against Europe initiated by William Hague when he became...

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It's Time to Give Some Prisoners the Right to Vote

(10) Comments | Posted 24 October 2012 | (12:22)

The government is right to suggest some compromise on the issue of prisoners' voting rights and sensible MPs should support this. However this won't happen for three reasons. The Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph and the Sun. Our off-shore owned populist press now has more sway on public policy than...

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The Nobel Peace Prize Committee Likes to Stir Up Trouble, but the EU has Done Well

(10) Comments | Posted 12 October 2012 | (12:21)

It is such a shame that Twitter has no colour definition for its tweets. The news that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee has awarded the 2012 prize to the European Union is turning the Europhobe community puce with rage.

To read the torrent of abuse pouring on the heads...

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David Cameron Cannot Help Playing to the Anti-EU Gallery

(22) Comments | Posted 10 July 2012 | (13:50)

Francois Hollande comes to London today. He meets the Queen as a fellow head of state and the prime minister as fellow chief of government. On France's Europe 1 radio news programme this morning the presenter announced that the French president would be meeting "James" Cameron in Downing Street. Britain's...

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