European Union

Nigel Farage Takes a Victory Lap at the EU

Featured image It has been great fun watching Nigel Farage flay the European Parliament these last few years usually to looks of derision, and here he is today taking a well-earned victory lap in front of his future former colleagues, who are not amused—so much so that the speaker of the parliament has to tell the crowd to settle down. (I especially like “I know that virtually none of you have ever »

Brexit: The Gift That Will Keep on Giving

Featured image We’ve already had plenty of coverage here about the elite left’s unhinged whingeing about the Brexit vote, and I predict the Brexit vote will become for Europolitans what the sainted Citizens United decision is for lefties here in the U.S—a source of perpetual rage and blame for everything that bothers them about human existence in the 21st century. I had thought that the scare campaign would succeed, and indeed between »

Understatement of the Year

Featured image This Wall Street Journal story this morning about how the Brexit vote unfolded in the Labour Party stronghold of Sunderland wins Power Line’s Understatement of the Year Award. Keep in mind that it was the Labour government under Tony Blair that pushed for expanded immigration to bolster the ranks of Labour voters, just as Democrats in the U.S. want expanded immigration to swell the ranks of Democratic voters: SUNDERLAND, England—Labour politician »

Annals of mewling idiocy

Featured image Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is now serving the twelfth year of his four-year term. He is an absurd and contemptible figure. In a perfectly timed companion to the Brexit referendum, Abbas had the honor of addressing the European Parliament this past Thursday. Abbas drew a standing ovation for his EU speech. In the course of his remarks Abbas accused (mythical) Israeli rabbis of “demanding” that the Israeli government poison »

Another “Shot Heard Round the World”?

Featured image Gerard Baker of the Wall Street Journal offers the best summary this morning of the larger meaning of Brexit. Gerry, as his friends and colleagues call him, is a subdued fellow not given to hyperbole, which is why this judgment is so bracing: Levels of dissatisfaction with leadership have reached revolutionary levels. It’s a paradox of mass modern democracy that voters feel themselves governed by rulers who “neither see nor »

Brexit, Take 3

Featured image Yesterday was a big news day before any Brexit votes had been counted. Two major Supreme Court decisions, one of which voided a core Obama legacy item, plus the collapse of the Freddie Gray prosecutions. But with the Brexit vote, yesterday became historic. On this, I think both sides of the argument agree. I agree with Scott that by voting to leave the EU the British people have retaken their »

Brexit, take 2

Featured image I never did understand the case for Britain’s continued membership in the European Union. Barack Obama’s threat against Brexit — issued at the invitation of Prime Minister Cameron, no less, and perhaps scripted by Ben Rhodes — made for a clarifying moment. Is Barack Obama a friend of Great Britain? I don’t think so. If one hesitated to make the leap to Leave, that should have sealed the deal all »

Brexit, Take 1

Featured image Wow. That’s all I can say right now. I’ve been out all evening, among other things watching a socialist argue vigorously with an even further left socialist, which allowed me to grab an extra bag of popcorn and enjoy the show. It’s like watching your ex-wife argue with your ex-mother-in-law. Brexit is Britain’s equivalent of Proposition 13 and the tax revolt of the 1970s in the U.S. I expect anti-EU »

A Brexit Cliffhanger? (Continuously Updated) Leave is Winning! Leave declared winner!

Featured image Early results on Brexit show a very tight contest, with Leave and Remain going back and forth in the lead like the Warriors and Cavaliers in Game 7. But less than 4 percent of the vote has been counted as of this moment, and none of the London area vote has come in yet, and I suspect that it will be strongly in the Remain camp. Stay tuned. . . »

The Runup to Brexit

Featured image I’m on the road the last half of this week, though I shall be checking in later on likely with some Power Line “minicasts” with notable thinkers attending the same conference where I’m turning up. Suffice it to say in one sentence that tomorrow’s Brexit vote in Britain is one of the most important political events of the last generation, as this is no ordinary referendum election. Late polls show »

Daniel Hannan: Fire me!

Featured image MEP Daniel Hannan is an eloquent orator. In the video below (about 12 minutes), Hannan makes the case for putting himself out of a job in Thursday’s referendum on Great Britain’s continued membership in the European Union. To say “Hannan makes the case” is a pitiful understatement. He is brilliant. As Jack Fowler says at NR’s Corner: “Watch, learn, enjoy.” Stick with this one till the end. Hannan concludes with »

Poll: MP Murder Not Swaying British Voters

Featured image I wrote here about the British Left’s disgraceful effort to make political hay out of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a mentally ill man. Pro-EU forces are trying to somehow tie the murder to the “Brexit” side of the EU debate. While I considered the attempt contemptible, I wasn’t at all sure that it wouldn’t work. (The parallels to similar issues in the U.S. are obvious.) But »

To Brexit or not to Brexit

Featured image To Brexit or not to Brexit, that is the question addressed by Douglas Murray in “Exit Britain?” (National Review) and by Christopher Caldwell in “See you, EU?” (Weekly Standard). What is Brexit? Brexit is shorthand for the question whether Britain should leave the European Union, the question submitted to the British electorate by referendum on June 23. Don’t stop reading yet! The question raises issues that concern us every bit »

Brexit: “An off ramp from the road to serfdom”

Featured image Next month, Great Britain will vote on whether to exit the European Union. One of the main arguments against a “Brexit” seems to be that Germany and company will punish Britain economically if it exits in order to deter other states from following or perhaps just out of spite. For some, though, this reality may be an argument in favor of leaving. Why remain attached, and cede more and more »

Brexit, The Movie

Featured image I’ve been meaning to spend some time here talking about the “Brexit” vote coming up in the U.K. next month. It is the single most important political event in postwar Europe. Lots to say about this, but for anyone who doesn’t grasp that the Trump phenomenon is not limited to our shores, note that in Austria today, the election for the mostly ceremonial post of president is in a virtual »

Waiting for Brexit

Featured image I haven’t had time yet to put together my thoughts on the upcoming vote on “Brexit”—the referendum in the U.K. on whether to drop out of the European Union (I say vote Yes on leaving), but for the moment we should take in the useful analysis of the defects of the EU on the old “Yes, Minister” series: »

The wages of EU overreach

Featured image Last week, Holland voted against an EU trade agreement that facilitates trade and cooperation between Ukraine and Europe. I’m often happy when the EU loses a referendum, something of a regular occurrence albeit usually without consequences, as Andrew Stuttaford notes. In this case, there is no cause for joy. Ukraine faces an existential threat from Russia. The West has done little militarily to help. The least the EU can do »