Benjamin Fox

Development Policy 18-04-2018

Whose aid is it anyway?

To the generation brought up on the LiveAid and Live8 concerts, development aid is a moral obligation as well as a policy tool.
Elections 12-04-2018

Barnier for President, says Brussels-bubble

Michel Barnier is the top candidate to win the European Commission presidency after next May's European elections, as a reward for delivering Brexit. At least, that is what the Brussels-bubble thinks, according to a survey published on Thursday (12 April).
Brexit 11-04-2018

Brexiteers cry foul over EU prisoner figures

4,024 EU nationals were in prisons in England and Wales in 2017, according to data released on Wednesday (11 April) by the UK’s Ministry for Justice following a Freedom of Information request.
Brexit 10-04-2018

Hogan: EU accepts UK won’t ‘change its mind’ on Brexit

The EU has “accepted” that the Brexit process is irreversible and that the UK will leave the bloc next March, Ireland’s European Commissioner said on Monday (April 9).
Development Policy 09-04-2018

EU aid spending slumps as refugee crisis recedes

Development aid to countries in the Global South stagnated in 2017, according to new figures published by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) on Monday (9 April). It also showed a declining share of aid spent on refugees.
Brexit 06-04-2018

Brexit Britain looks to Commonwealth 2.0

It used to be a Eurosceptic fantasy for the Commonwealth to replace the EU as the UK’s main trading partner.
Brexit 30-03-2018

UK’s tortured approach to EU defence takes new twist

The UK has always had a tortured relationship with the EU’s defence policy ambitions. In 2010, David Cameron’s Conservative party promised to withdraw the UK from the European Defence Agency (EDA), only to backtrack two years later.
Africa 30-03-2018

Hunger is no longer someone else’s problem, says WFP’s Husain

Food insecurity is on the rise globally and is unlikely to subside soon.  Arif Husain, the chief economist of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), says hunger and migration "are no longer somebody else’s problem, we have to work collectively.”
Brexit 29-03-2018

Implement referendum result despite Brexit ‘shambles’, say UK voters

Theresa May’s government should just get on with Brexit, say UK voters, despite more than four in ten of them condemning its ‘shambolic’ handling of the exit talks.
Development Policy 28-03-2018

Leading the charge against fake medicine, Africa’s silent killer

Low quality and fake medicines kill tens of thousands of people each year, most of them in developing countries. Yet data and political action to address the enormous human and economic cost is distinctly thin on the ground.
Brexit 28-03-2018

Low absentee rates, not wages, led UK firms to hire EU workers, report warns

Lower absentee rates, rather than lower wages, have been the main driver for UK employers to hire EU workers, according to a report published on Tuesday (27 March), which should be instrumental in defining the UK's post-Brexit immigration policy.
Africa 27-03-2018

Migration control must be at heart of next EU-Africa pact, says EU

The EU will put migration and security at the heart of its agenda in talks on a successor to the Cotonou Agreement with African, Caribbean and Pacific nations (ACP), a leading EU official said on Monday (26 March).