Latest Issue

Political notes

The Tory leader tries to placate his sceptical troops by picking symbolic fights with Eurocrats. Sound familiar?

By Anne McElvoy   December 2009

Twenty years on from the fall of the Berlin wall, and the Europe that emerged from the rubble still brings trials for the two main political parties. This month, David Cameron discovered that navigating the politics of EU treaties involves more tricky corners than even the most serpentine of Conservative leaders can deftly navigate. Yet how he will deal with the practicalities of a post-Lisbon EU remains unclear, hence his carefully phrased “enough is enough” response: the tone hostile, the commitments vague.

A genuine sceptic, the Tory leader thinks Lisbon is just more EU integration pushed by hook, crook and…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect