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July 22, 2014 5 Comments

Bildt on Ukraine and MH17: Europe woke up today

Sweden Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was pretty sour on the way into this meeting of EU foreign ministers. He has been an ally of Britain, wanting Europe to move to full-blown trade sanctions. At the end of the meeting I asked him if Europe had, as President Barack Obama said it should, woken up. He said it had and dismissed any suggestion this was more procrastination.


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Flight MH17 – Putin tacks to restrain EU

European leaders will gather today for a foreign ministers’ meeting that is expected to be dominated by the issues of Russia and Ukraine. But what will actually be done?

July 21, 2014 No Comments

Russia: EU sanctions inch forward again

Don’t hold your breath for a thunderclap of judgement on Russia tomorrow at the EU foreign ministers’ gathering. You might get some tough rhetoric but you will not see a major

July 16, 2014 2 Comments

The Goves, Ken Clarke and Jean-Claude Juncker

I understand word has gone out to Mrs Gove to stop hitting the tweet button after a series of messages blurted out on Wednesday. They threatened to undermine the coordinated Gove/Cameron operation

July 15, 2014 2 Comments

Making way for ‘girlies’? Cameron’s new government

Men are still overly represented in the post-reshuffle government – but that’s not what it feels like to some grumbling Tory males around Westminster.

Cabinet reshuffle: Gove clipped, women in

Education Secretary Michael Gove is to become the new chief whip in the most wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle of David Cameron’s premiership.

Cabinet reshuffle: William Hague quits

William Hague stands down as foreign secretary and will stay in the cabinet as Leader of the Commons, Downing Street confirms.

July 14, 2014 3 Comments

Ken Clarke may be dispensable – but don’t expect him to go quietly

Kenneth Clarke’s “retirement” from in the latest reshuffle will not have been voluntary. Meanwhile, Mr Cameron is likely to honour a pledge to give women a third of government

Theresa May on Butler-Sloss

If Baroness Butler-Sloss came to the conclusion that her relationship to her brother meant she couldn’t chair the investigation into child abuse, why couldn’t the Home Office see that?

The other reshuffle – Juncker’s revenge?

Has David Cameron timed his cabinet reshuffle to free up a cabinet minister to go to Brussels and become a European commissioner?

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