A Bank Debt Deal: The Morning After Optimism

By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels When back in June eurozone leaders hatched a deal on bank debt in the early hours of the morning during a summit in Brussels, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny described it as a “seismic shift”. The breakthrough that would lift the burden of Ireland’s appalling bank debt would off the taxpayers’ shoulders had finally arrived.

Nudging Britain towards the exit: The Rise of Tory Euroscepticism

By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels By any measure the current brand of Tory euroscepticism is more visceral, and poses more of a systemic threat to Britain’s EU membership than at any other time in the past 50 years. Antagonism towards Europe has been building and now it’s coming to a head. By pulling the Tories out of the centre-right European political group, the European People’s Party (EPP), David Cameron signalled he was prepared to submit to that force before …