Pascal Lamy

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Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg: engaging in a tactic to try to blame somebody else for the consequences of Brexit.  Photograph: PA

In the long-running British TV show Call My Bluff , one team of “celebrity” contestants presents an obscure word and gives three competing definitions(...)

“This decision is not only illegal, it’s an error on several counts,” – French President Emmanuel Macron responds to decision by US administration to impose tariffs on EU steel and aluminium imports to US. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer / EPA

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he “deplores” US President Donald Trump’s “illegal” decision to impose tariffs on European steel and alumini(...)

‘Northern Ireland could not mirror Hong Kong and become a link between the EU and the UK.’ Photograph: Getty Images

One of the great British delusions is that the UK is a bridge between Europe and America. This belief seems so culturally self-evident it is barely qu(...)

Theresa May:  One of the more astonishing aspects of the Brexit process is the persistence with which the UK government keeps negotiating with itself rather than Brussels. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

According to the tabloids and the headbanger wing of the Tory party, to voice doubt about the wisdom of Brexit is akin to treason. Judges and anyone e(...)

Former trade chief Pascal Lamy. “This is not poetry. This is business, and we have to be realistic.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The idea that there will be a frictionless border between the Republic and Northern Ireland when Britain leaves the European Union (EU) is a “fairy ta(...)

‘The fundamental difference between the UK vision of what this is about and the Franco-German view is that the British still think this is a negotiati(...)

Franco-Italian summit: Emmanuel Macron reviews an honour guard in Lyons. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Pool/EPA

Over the past year Emmanuel Macron has become a seemingly unstoppable force, first in French politics and now on the international stage. Last week he(...)

Professor Mark Ferguson: “We need to mobilise and involve citizens so that they become more engaged in research and innovation. We need to develop a greater recognition of the value of research.”

A new report has called for the doubling of EU expenditure on research and innovation and the establishment of a European Innovation Council to maximi(...)

Incoming French president Emmanuel Macron speaks after his victory in the presidential run-off at his campaign headquarters in Paris. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/Pool Photo via AP

The mandate of outgoing Socialist president François Hollande officially ends at midnight on Sunday, May 14th, and he is expected to vacate the Élysée(...)

Protesters, many against the so-called fast track trade authority of the TTP trade agreement, rally outside a hotel where US President Barack Obama held a meeting in Portland, Oregon last week. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Should proposed US plurilateral trade agreements be welcomed? This is a big question, not least for those who consider the liberalisation of world tra(...)

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