Denis MacShane Archives

  • Switzerland and EU head – politely – for the rocks

    Brexit 19-09-2016

    As all eyes focus on Brexit - where everything has changed but nothing has started - there is another proud European democracy which would like to shut its doors to immigrants but keep open the EU’s doors to its goods and services – Switzerland, writes Denis MacShane.

  • Brexit delivers blow to Swiss EU hopes

    Brexit 22-08-2016

    Imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery. But it is doubtful if anyone in Switzerland is thanking the City and big bank spin doctors who have come up with the idea that London should seek a Swiss-style relationship with Europe once Brexit is fully consummated, writes Denis MacShane.

  • Biden hails gold medal for a country Serbia says doesn’t exist

    Enlargement 16-08-2016

    US Vice-President Joe Biden has chosen this week to come to what is still Europe’s great unfinished business – the West Balkans. Can Biden knock any sense into his Serb hosts? Unlikely, says Denis MacShane.

  • Can Greece copy Morocco, and stop sulking?

    Global Europe 22-07-2016

    Anyone ever tried to get from Athens to Skopje or Pristina? It’s a journey from hell as the excellent Aegean Airlines, which links all the region’s cities, have eliminated Macedonia and Kosovo from their satellite map, writes Denis MacShane.

  • May’s ‘Three Musketeers’ to take on Europe and the world

    Brexit 14-07-2016

    Britain’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has wasted no time in telling Europe and the world that Britain wants to be somewhere else, writes Denis MacShane.

  • Boris departure allows a rethink on Brexit

    Brexit 30-06-2016

    In English politics, we are witnessing the truth of Marx’s maxim that history repeats itself, first as tragedy then as farce, as the man who led the Brexit campaign in order to become prime minister now suddenly renounces his ambition, writes Denis MacShane.

  • Will David Cameron revert to the old normal if Remain wins?

    Brexit 17-06-2016

    A remain vote would give David Cameron unprecedented power to lead EU reform. But Denis MacShane asks if he will be quite such a Europhile once the dust has settled on the referendum and his job is secure.

  • UK’s ‘Super Thursday’ – a one-fingered salute to all the party leaders

    Brexit 06-05-2016

    The main result of the UK’s Super Thursday election is that every party leader lost, writes Denis MacShane, Britain's former minister for Europe.

  • Obama has not sealed the deal

    Brexit 26-04-2016

    The Remain camp will have to find different  enthusiastic advocates and reasons on than trade deal queues to convince voters if Brexit is to be defeated, Obama's trip was not a game-changer.

  • Can a Corbyn-Cameron axis defeat Brexit?

    Brexit 15-04-2016

    The Brexit campaign is throwing up the oddest of paradoxes.  Having been elected as a leftist hammer of the Conservatives, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has now decided he wants to ensure David Cameron stays as Prime Minister by joining ranks with him to urge a defeat of the Brexit camp in the referendum on 23rd June.

  • ‘No enthusiasm please, we’re British’

    Brexit 24-02-2016

    David Cameron’s unenthusiastic, eurosceptical campaign to remain in the EU risks provoking voter apathy and dooming the UK to more years of disengagement with European affairs even if Brexit does not become a reality, writes Denis MacShane.

  • Cameron’s lose-lose strategy

    Future EU 18-02-2016

    This will go down in history as the losers’ European Council. David Cameron has fashioned a lose-lose  game plan in which both the UK and the EU will emerge weaker from his plebiscite politics, writes Denis MacShane.