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A close race in the UK


The British will elect a new parliament on May 7. The ruling Conservatives and the Labour Party are neck and neck in the polls. What consequences will the election have for relations between Britain and the EU?



Main focus of Monday, 11. May 2015

UK vote paves way for Brexit referendum

Following the election victory of British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party, a referendum on Britain's EU membership in 2017 is almost a certainty. This ... » more


Expressen - Sweden | Friday, 8. May 2015

Lib Dems punished for being in government

The Liberal Democrats' election debacle highlights a worrying trend, the liberal tabloid Expressen writes: » more


Main focus of Thursday, 7. May 2015

The UK votes

The British elect a new parliament and hence a new government today, Thursday. Prime Minister David Cameron has forfeited almost certain re-election with his misguided ... » more


Libération - France | Thursday, 7. May 2015

Social injustice helps Labour

While the outgoing prime minister can point to economic successes, social inequality has also grown in his term in office, the left-liberal daily Libération argues: » more


The Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 6. May 2015

Liberal Democrats everyone's girl Friday

If the general election doesn't produce a clear winner it would be best for Britain if the Liberal Democrats became the junior partner in a coalition government again, columnist David Aaronovitch writes in the conservative daily The Times: » more


Savon Sanomat - Finland | Wednesday, 6. May 2015

Brexit would hurt EU but not the UK

A Brexit after tomorrow's general elections in Britain wouldn't do any damage to the UK but it would be very costly for Finland, the liberal daily Savon Sanomat believes: » more


Main focus of Tuesday, 5. May 2015

Final spurt in British election campaign

Two days before the UK general election, the Tories and Labour are neck-and-neck in the polls. Tory leader and Prime Minister David Cameron has renewed ... » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 5. May 2015

Only Liberal Democrats can save the UK

The Liberal Democrats are decisive for the future of Britain, historian and social commentator Timothy Garton Ash writes in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more


Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Tuesday, 5. May 2015

Brits must reach decisions about future in EU

The question of a Brexit will continue to occupy Europe regardless of the election outcome, the Christian-liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten expects: » more


Pohjalainen - Finland | Tuesday, 5. May 2015

UK too weak on its own

If the British vote to leave the EU in a referendum it won't be to their advantage, the liberal daily Pohjalainen writes: » more


Blog euinside - Bulgaria | Monday, 4. May 2015

Brexit would be great loss for all

A Brexit would be bad for both the British and the EU, blogger Adelina Marini warns in web portal euinside: » more


Main focus of Monday, 4. May 2015

Stalemate expected in UK

In the run-up to Britain's general election on Thursday, the Conservatives and Labour have ruled out almost all options for coalitions. Yet it still looks ... » more


La Vanguardia - Spain | Monday, 4. May 2015

Government buidling a complex puzzle

The coalition negotiations after the election could prove so difficult that the country is paralysed, the conservative daily La Vanguardia fears: » more


Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 4. May 2015

British facing political chaos

The Brits are in for a few turbulent weeks after the elections, the daily Tages-Anzeiger predicts: » more


Le Figaro - France | Friday, 1. May 2015

EU must save Cameron from Brexit trap

David Cameron has said he will hold a referendum on Britain's remaining in the EU if he is re-elected. He'll need the help of his European partners to get out of a fix like that, the conservative daily Le Figaro comments: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 3. May 2015

London will go on playing minor role in EU

Regardless of the outcome of the election the UK will continue to play a minor role in the EU, the conservative daily the Financial Times concludes: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 29. April 2015

House of Commons stalemate no big deal

Despite British election laws which favour a clear majority in parliament, according to the opinion polls there will be no clear winner in the British general elections next Thursday. That reflects a historic development and is no cause for alarm, the conservative daily Financial Times believes: » more


Večernji list - Croatia | Tuesday, 28. April 2015

British parties stoking fear of Scots

In the final phase of campaigning for the UK general election on May 7 the liberal daily Večernji List notes a joint strategy pursued by the ruling Conservatives and the main opposition party Labour: » more


Daily Mail - United Kingdom | Thursday, 23. April 2015

British parties silent on EU and immigration

The UK's general election takes place in just two weeks' time yet all of the parties without exception have avoided the most biggest issues, the EU and immigration, the conservative Daily Mail criticises: » more


The Independent - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 22. April 2015

British Greens have missed their chance

Two and a half weeks before the British general elections, the Green Party has dropped from eleven to five percent in opinion polls. They've failed to put their main cause, environmental protection, on the political agenda, the left-liberal daily The Independent comments: » more


The Sunday Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 19. April 2015

Vote for Ukip only helps British left

British Prime Minister and Tory leader David Cameron on Sunday called on British Conservatives to vote for his party in the general election on May 7 to prevent a centre-left coalition. The conservative Sunday Times agrees with his analysis of the situation: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, 16. April 2015

Ukip still dreaming of British Empire

Two and a half weeks before Britain's general election the UK Independence Party (Ukip) is polling at around 15 percent. But above all its Eurosceptic stance prevents Ukip from being a real political alternative, the conservative daily Financial Times comments: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 16. April 2015

British two-party system on its last legs

Three weeks before the British general elections, everything points to neither the Conservatives nor Labour being able to govern alone. The long prevailing two-party system is being permanently undermined by parties like Ukip and the Scottish Nationalists (SNP), writes the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more



The Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 13. April 2015

Minority government would be good for Britain

Opinion polls increasingly point to the possibility of a hung parliament, with no singly party obtaining an absolute majority of seats, after the UK general election in three and a half weeks' time. Rather than a tragedy this could be an opportunity for British democracy, the conservative daily The Times points out: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 12. April 2015

Tories and Labour only speak to core voters

With just four weeks to go before the UK's general elections take place, the Tories and Labour are neck and neck. Both parties must now do more to win over the other party's voters, the conservative daily Financial Times believes: » more


The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 8. April 2015

Blair an anti-democratic Brussels boy

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has harshly criticised Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to hold a referendum on exiting the EU in 2017. Blair's statements are anti-democratic and typical of the "Brussels boys" in their ivory towers: » more


The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 7. April 2015

Blair right to criticise Cameron's EU policy

The former British prime minister Tony Blair joined the fray in the British election campaign on Tuesday with a plea in favour of the EU. The left-liberal daily The Guardian endorses Blair's criticism of the EU policy of Britain's current leader David Cameron: » more


The Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 6. April 2015

Tories not rewarded for economic upturn

Four and a half weeks before the general election in Britain, the governing Tories are neck-and-neck with the opposition Labour Party. That shows how the country's economic situation is not the primary concern for voters, the conservative daily The Times believes: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 24. March 2015

Cameron scores own goal in election campaign

Speaking in an interview with the BBC on Monday, British head of government David Cameron ruled out the possibility of serving a third term as prime minister. That was a major blunder just six and a half weeks before he makes his bid to be elected for a second term, the conservative daily the Financial Times comments: » more


 

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