About: Margaret Thatcher


Three lessons for Europe from the tragedy of Brexit

The sight of Boris Johnson's government 'going rogue' is a reminder that EU institutions offer citizens a place to go when domestic governments deny their rights, argues Roger Casale.
Brexit 04-02-2019

Why Brexit is good for the UK and the EU

There is an anti-EU virus in the British body politic of particularly virulent strain. It experienced a long period of hibernation and can be found in both major political parties, writes Fraser Cameron.
Brexit 09-02-2017

EU looks to agree formula with UK before issuing final Brexit tab

The European Union wants to agree with Britain on a formula for calculating how much it will owe the bloc after it leaves, rather than defining a specific sum in advance, EU officials have said.
Marine Le Pen
Elections 28-11-2016

Can conservative Fillon keep France’s far-right at bay?

Francois Fillon, having clinched the presidential nomination for the right-wing Republicains party, will now join a far bigger battle for the future of France, the European Union and mainstream politics in the West.
Brexit 12-07-2016

Cameron leaves legacy of failure

David Cameron's political epitaph was carved in stone when he resigned the morning after Britons voted to quit the European Union.
Guy Verhofstadt
Brexit 05-07-2016

Verhofstadt: ‘Only a woman is capable to manage a divided Tory party’

Addressing MEPs in Strasbourg on Tuesday (5th July), ALDE leader Guy Verhofstadt said that “the last man standing in Britain will be a woman.”
Brexit 23-05-2016

UK reimbursed in excess of €111 billion by EU since 1985

Thanks to the “UK rebate” won by Margaret Thatcher, over the last three decades, the United Kingdom has been reimbursed more than €111 billion from the EU budget, EURACTIV.com has learned.
Brexit 02-05-2016

Geoffrey Harris: A European career between two UK referendums

Geoffrey Harris, an old hand in the European Parliament, started his career just after the European Communities membership referendum, and will retire days before the Brexit referendum. In a wide-ranging interview, he tells of people and events that made EU history.

After the killings: We the people of the capital of Europe

After the bloodshed of 22 March, the city of Brussels must live on. Philippe Van Parijs explains how Brussels can grow stronger and why unity is now more import than ever.
Brexit 18-02-2016

Key dates in Britain’s relationship with the EU

Prime Minister David Cameron could agree a reform package at a summit in Brussels starting Thursday (18 February), paving the way for a referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union as early as June.
Brexit 01-02-2016

Brexit a threat to UK nature and wildlife, say experts

The consequences of Brexit could be disastrous for the UK's nature and wildlife, as most environmental regulation comes from the EU, our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Brexit 24-04-2013

Farage’s UKIP claims Thatcher’s inheritance

The leader of Britain's anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) said yesterday (23 April) his movement was carrying the torch for the late Margaret Thatcher's views on Europe, saying he planned to cause a "political earthquake".
Brexit 16-04-2013

Ex-Tory ministers: Maggie would have wanted carbon market reform

EXCLUSIVE / Two former British Tory environment ministers, Tim Yeo and John Gummer, have called on rebellious Conservative MEPs to support an effective carbon market in a key European Parliament vote in Strasbourg today (16 April), because it is “what Margaret Thatcher would want”.
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Brexit 09-04-2013

Thatcher: a European legacy

The UK's first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died on Monday in London aged 87 after suffering a stroke. As the longest serving premier of the 20th century, she was one of the most influential and controversial political leaders Europe and the world has ever seen. 'May I thank you for offering me this opportunity to reply. It seems to me that some people do not like me to reply quite as vigorously as they attack me. It is a reciprocal business with us, I hope it is with you', said Baroness Thatcher.
Brexit 08-04-2013

Thatcher: A European legacy

The death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Monday (8 April) has elicited a barrage of comments from a continent that she influenced, encouraged, liberalised and loathed in equal measure.
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Brexit 08-04-2013

Barroso on the death of Margaret Thatcher

The death of former UK premier Baroness Margaret Thatcher today (8 April) has elicited a barrage of comments from a continent that she influenced, encouraged, liberalised and loathed in equal measure. Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, said: "Let me, on behalf of myself and the European Commission, say that I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher.
Future EU 30-01-2013

Cameron’s principles and the future of Europe

Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron have both referred to their adherence to democratic values. In democracies, governments are bound by rules and are answerable to parliaments. But even in the oldest and most experienced democracies, this model does not always work well, writes Phedon Nicolaides.
Brexit 17-01-2013

Why British workers should not be convinced by Cameron

Millions of British workers have reason to be grateful for EU employment measures, which Prime Minister David Cameron will try to discredit tomorrow in his landmark speech, writes Baron John Monks, stressing social advances achieved so far are a cause worth fighting for the British working people.
Brexit 17-12-2010

Thatcher-style, Cameron says: We won’t pay

UK Prime Minister David Cameron can claim a victory at the 16-17 December summit which perhaps went unnoticed by the general public but was considered resounding by experts: the summit conclusions state that Britain has secured other EU countries' agreement that London will not contribute to future bailouts.
Future EU 04-10-2010

EU negotiator: ‘Main difficulty of German reunification was its speed’

East and West Germany reunified on 3 October 1990, less than a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The historic event was described as an "[EU] enlargement without accession" by EU diplomats. Carlo Trojan, the European Commission's chief negotiator on Germany's reunification, describes the events in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Germany.