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Cameron flexes his muscles


Britain is being stubborn: first Cameron blocked the budget negotiations and called for amendments to the EU treaties, and then he announced a referendum on the UK's EU membership. The press speculates about the country exiting the European Union.



Karjalainen - Finland | Thursday, 12. November 2015

EU referendum puts Cameron in a tight spot

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday presented his conditions for Britain staying in the EU. Cameron has put himself in a difficult position, the liberal daily Karjalainen comments: » more


El País - Spain | Friday, 17. May 2013

Ulrich Beck argues that British would lose sovereignty with Brexit

Without the EU the British won't be able to compete in the globalised world, sociologist Ulrich Beck insists in the left-liberal daily El País: » more


Main focus of Wednesday, 15. May 2013

Cameron forces debate on EU exit

British Prime Minister David Cameron presented on Tuesday a draft bill for a referendum on EU membership to be held by 2017 in a bid ... » more


Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Wednesday, 15. May 2013

Cameron should fight for a better Union

Cameron would do better to show more commitment to the European Union, instead of trying to appease the EU critics in his party, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter comments: » more


Público - Portugal | Tuesday, 14. May 2013

Brussels, we have a problem

The spirits invoked by Cameron when he announced he would have a draft law written up on a referendum on the EU have come back to haunt the British prime minister, the liberal daily Público writes: » more


The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Friday, 3. May 2013

Cameron does not follow his words with deeds

In his speech on Europe in January, British Prime Minister called among other things for a change to the EU treaties. The conservative Daily Telegraph takes stock three months later, criticising Cameron for not following up his words with deeds: » more


The Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 10. February 2013

British still pay too much

British Prime Minister David Cameron was able to push through his demand for cuts in the EU budget at the EU summit. But the conservative daily The Times is still not happy with the result, feeling it will continue to cost Britain taxpayers too much: » more


Novinar - Bulgaria | Wednesday, 6. February 2013

The idea of Europe no longer a uniting force

The EU heads of state and government were unable to reach an agreement on the next budget at the summit meeting in November. The daily Novinar sees no reason why it should work out now: » more


Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 6. February 2013

Failed budget would be an opportunity

The EU must stop its incessant budget disputes and finally put together a sustainable budget, the liberal daily Le Monde demands: » more


Handelsblatt - Germany | Thursday, 7. February 2013

High agricultural subsidies unjustified

Once again it will it be extraordinarily difficult to reach a compromise on the next EU budget, the liberal business paper Handelsblatt writes with an eye to the summit of EU heads of state and government: » more


Blog Gavin Hewitt's Europe - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 5. February 2013

President headed for confrontation

Hollande made it clear in his speech that the main line of conflict in the upcoming budget negotiations will be between France and the UK, Europe editor Gavin Hewitt comments in his blog on the BBC website: » more


El País - Spain | Thursday, 31. January 2013

Joschka Fischer on the foolishness of the British

Europe is less threatened by the insolvency of the southern Europeans than by the unreasonableness of the British, former German minister for foreign affairs Joschka Fischer warns in the left-liberal daily El País: » more


Respekt - Czech Republic | Thursday, 31. January 2013

Cameron puts the EU on thin ice

British Prime Minister David Cameron's speech on Europe has jeopardised further European consolidation, the liberal weekly newspaper Respekt warns, adding that London must nevertheless be met half-way: » more


Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Wednesday, 30. January 2013

For Adriano Bosoni Cameron is jeopardising the EU project

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would hold a referendum on whether Britain should stay in the EU in 2017, provided he is re-elected in 2015. The Italian political scientist Adriano Bosoni of the think tank Stratfor voices his forebodings in the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita: » more


openDemocracy - United Kingdom | Monday, 28. January 2013

For Kirsty Hughes the UK ceased to play a role in the EU a long time ago

The call by the British Prime Minister David Cameron for a return of competences from Brussels to London strikes journalist Kirsty Hughes as completely behind the times in the blog Open Democracy. She points out that after all Britain has limited its influence in the EU of its own free will in recent years: » more


Irish Examiner - Ireland | Sunday, 27. January 2013

Brexit would be a nightmare for Ireland

After the Eurosceptic speech by British Prime Minister David Cameron last week, 57 percent of his compatriots are in favour of exiting the EU in the event that Britain does not regain competences from Brussels. That was the result of a survey published in the newspapers Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror. For neighbouring Ireland a "Brexit" would be nothing short of a catastrophe, the left-liberal daily Irish Examiner warns: » more


The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Sunday, 27. January 2013

Janet Daley on Cameron's and Obama's understanding of democracy

The Eurosceptic speech by the British Prime Minister David Cameron and the inaugural address by US President Barack Obama on beginning his second term in office garnered plenty of attention across the globe last week. Columnist Janet Daley reflects in the conservative newspaper The Daily Telegraph on the two politicians' understanding of democracy: » more


Main focus of Friday, 25. January 2013

Cameron advocates EU reform

British Prime Minister David Cameron stressed on Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos that his country does not want to turn its back ... » more


El Mundo - Spain | Friday, 25. January 2013

Camerons wants negotiations, not Brexit

Several European leaders have criticised Cameron's calls for reform at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, for example, has excluded any special conditions for individual EU states together with his Dutch colleague Mark Rutte. The British prime minister has chosen a risky strategy, the conservative daily El Mundo concludes: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 25. January 2013

Commonwealth can't replace EU

Britain's outstanding international status resulting from its integration in the Commonwealth can't replace its relations with the EU, British historian and journalist Timothy Garton Ash ... » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 25. January 2013

Offended reactions confirm Cameron's stance

The fact that many European leaders were so brusque in rejecting Cameron's EU speech on Wednesday only goes to show that he hit the nail on the head, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 25. January 2013

Europe needs several unions

Two questions dominated Cameron's statements in Davos: » more


Blog euinside - Bulgaria | Wednesday, 23. January 2013

Time for an EU-wide referendum

The issues raised in Cameron's speech on Europe concern all Europeans, not just the British, the website euinside points out, concluding that consequently a British referendum doesn't go far enough: » more


Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Thursday, 24. January 2013

Finally Switzerland has an ally

The British prime minister's pragmatic approach towards negotiating new terms for EU membership suits Switzerland to a T, writes the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino: » more


De Morgen - Belgium | Thursday, 24. January 2013

The right speech at the wrong time

In the midst of the crisis Cameron's speech comes at the wrong time, the left-liberal daily De Morgen comments: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Thursday, 24. January 2013

UK a dead weight for the EU

The referendum announced by Prime Minister David Cameron on whether Britain should stay in the EU is a good idea, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse ... » more


Lrytas - Lithuania | Wednesday, 23. January 2013

British won't mourn EU membership

Sooner or later Britain will leave the EU anyway, because at heart the British have never been true Europeans, columnist Andrius Užkalnis comments on the website lrytas.lt: » more


Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 23. January 2013

Cameron trying to appease his own ranks

Cameron's Eurosceptic stance is faked, the political advisor Julian Priestly writes on the blog EUROPP of the London School of Economics, accusing the prime minister of just trying to placate the anti-Europeans in his own ranks: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, 23. January 2013

Cameron carelessly risking "Brexit"

British Prime Minister David Cameron wants to have his countrymen vote on whether to stay in the European Union or not in a referendum 2017. He presented the corresponding plans in his Europe speech today, Wednesday. Cameron is playing a dangerous game, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore notes: » more


The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Thursday, 17. January 2013

Tories must fight, not resign

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Thursday that he would not deliver his speech on Britain's future in the EU on Friday, as planned, but postpone it because of the hostage crisis in Algeria. The conservative daily sees Cameron's zigzag path as symptomatic for his entire party: » more


NRC next - Netherlands | Wednesday, 16. January 2013

London and Brussels need each other

Cameron's call for powers to be transferred back to Britain is counter-productive in the euro crisis, former diplomat Michiel Servaes writes in an opinion piece for the liberal daily nrc.next: » more


The Scotsman - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 15. January 2013

British prime minister playing with fire

If Britain left the EU it would be the end of David Cameron's political career, the politically neutral daily The Scotsman writes commenting on the British prime minister's Europe speech: » more


Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Tuesday, 15. January 2013

Obama puts the brake on Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a television interview on Monday that he wants to change Britain's role in the EU considerably without leaving the Union. US President Barack Obama is to thank for Cameron's softer tone, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino writes: » more


Blog Nick Robinson - United Kingdom | Monday, 14. January 2013

British EU referendum with question marks

British Prime Minister David Cameron stressed on Monday in a televised interview that he wants to change Britain's role in the EU in a fundamental way, but that he does not want the UK to exit the Union. BBC political editor Nick Robinson doubts on his blog that it will actually come to a referendum: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 14. January 2013

Cameron evokes prospect of EU exit

According to the media British Prime Minister David Cameron will give his long awaited keynote speech on Europe on January 22 and perhaps propose a referendum on transferring powers back from Brussels. Domestic policy strategies may bring about the UK's exit from the EU, the left-liberal daily Der Standard fears: » more


Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Thursday, 10. January 2013

Dublin wants to prevent "Brexit" at all costs

Preventing a potential British exit from the EU will be the main task of Ireland's EU Council presidency, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza believes: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung - Germany | Sunday, 25. November 2012

Cameron says what everyone is thinking

Whether the subject at hand was asylum laws, Schengen or the fiscal compact, the British have always managed to wring concessions from the other EU states - and it's a good thing too, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes: » more


Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Friday, 23. November 2012

British not only ones to blame for failure

The negotiations on the pluriannual financial framework are proving difficult not just because of the British veto threat but also the blockade stance of other coutries, Paweł Świdlicki of investment institute Open Finance stresses in the liberal dail Gazeta Wyborcza: » more


Blog Coulisses de Bruxelles - Belgium | Friday, 23. November 2012

British more Eurosceptic than ever

At the EU budget negotiations, Britain has continued to push both for drastic budget cuts and the maintenance of the so-called UK rebate. Jean Quatremer writes on his blog Coulisses de Bruxelles that there is a distinct possibility that UK will leave the EU: » more


The Scotsman - United Kingdom | Thursday, 22. November 2012

Cameron must stick to his promise

British Prime Minister David Cameron has every reason to make good on the promise he made to the British parliament and do all he can to defend the interests of his country, the left-liberal daily The Scotsman writes: » more


Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 20. November 2012

British must negotiate constructively with EU

The EU budget summit will take place in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. The British government must steer a constructive course in the negotiations to restore Europe's trust in Britain, political scientist Glenn Gottfired urges on the blog EUROPP of the London School of Economics: » more


Pravda - Slovakia | Friday, 9. November 2012

Cameron increasingly isolating British in the EU

During a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to London, British Prime Minister David Cameron has reaffirmed his country's hard line against raising the EU budget. The left-leaning daily Pravda can understand other Europeans' growing displeasure with the British: » more


Magyar Nemzet - Hungary | Monday, 5. November 2012

British Tories rebel against US bureaucracy

If the British Conservatives are putting Prime Minister David Cameron under pressure in the run-up to the EU budget negotiations, it's also because they've had enough of the outrageous costs of the EU's bureaucratic apparatus, the conservative daily Magyar Nemzet argues: » more


Die Welt - Germany | Friday, 2. November 2012

Hard line weakens Britain

The British are not doing themselves any favours with their endless vetoes and demands for special treatment, the conservative daily Die Welt writes: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 1. November 2012

Embarrassing defeat for Conservative PM

Cameron's clear defeat in the House of Commons vote on the EU budget shows how widespread Euroscepticism is among Britain's various political factions, the daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung points out: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, 1. November 2012

Cameron shoots classic own goal

With his zigzag path Cameron only has himself to blame for the fact that in the vote on the EU budget in the lower house of the British parliament not only the opposition but also members of his own Conservative Party voted against him, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera points out: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 23. October 2012

Brexit would be a catastrophe

The conflict between Germany and the UK over the EU budget is coming to a head. According to a report by the Financial Times Deutschland, Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering having the budget summit planned for November called off if Prime Minister David Cameron holds to his veto against a raise. The conservative daily Lidové noviny fears the British may react out of spite: » more


ABC - Spain | Tuesday, 16. October 2012

British selfishness puts EU in danger

With their deal for a referendum on Scotland's independence, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond have agreed on a procedure that serves the interests of both politicians but sends a dangerous signal to other countries like Spain and Belgium, the conservative daily ABC warns: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 8. October 2012

Cameron's veto is pure populism

British Prime Minister David Cameron threatened to block the EU budget in a BBC interview on Sunday. Commenting on the EU budget for 2014 to 2020 he said that if adequate controls weren't put in place or the budget was massively increased again he would exercise his power of veto. This is pure populism, the liberal-conservative Corriere della Sera complains: » more


Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Tuesday, 25. September 2012

British blockade very risky

In the ongoing negotiations on the EU budget for 2014-2020, the UK and Sweden are insisting on being allowed to retain their current reduced level of contributions. But British Prime Minister David Cameron's blockade is very risky from the point of view of economic policy, the state-run liberal Wiener Zeitung argues: » more


 

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