Next, European policies towards China, both in the EU and in the UK, are likely to come under increased scrutiny.
Any liberal-minded person must reject the demonisation of the unvaccinated, who are free to make choices about their own health.
I’m more relaxed about the frontiers of the state rolling forward than some. But all the way into my bloodstream? Not without my say so.
The negative economic and political real-world consequences of implementing the Protocol cannot be what either intended.
A traffic light coalition? A Jamaica coalition? Who knows? What’s certain is that the CDU/CSU is struggling amidst a fragmenting landscape.
The British government has been commendably muted on the behaviour of von der Leyen and other politicians.
Some leaders realise the seriousness of the problem. Merkel’s spokesman has pleaded with Germans to take the “safe and highly effective” jab.
Johnson the politician laid an ambush for Starmer, inducing him to deny ever having wanted Britain to stay in the European Medicines Agency.
As Johnson put it yesterday: “we can’t think of this just as a project for us and us alone”.
Like his most witty and nimble predecessor, Disraeli, Johnson finds that a majority is always better than the best repartee.
Above all, we need to focus on the strategic picture. Throughout the world democracy, human rights and the rule of law are under pressure.
“It is fair, it is a balanced deal and it is the right and responsible thing to do”, says the President of the European Commission.
The Political Declaration approves non-regression but not dynamic alignment – elements of which the EU has backed off from.
Whether writing, speaking or negotiating, he puts on a performance which the spectators enjoy all the more because it horrifies the guardians of convention.
The EU and UK negotiators have been mandated to “go the extra mile” to see if a Brexit deal can be found, she says, after a phone call with Johnson.