European Union


UKIP’s Populism, and Ours

By 5.30.14

Last week, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) won Britain’s elections for the European Parliament and surged in the vote for its local councils. Since then, British politics has become a lurid frenzy.

Prime Minister David Cameron is wondering how on earth his Conservative Party is going to court its disenchanted base after years of attempted modernization, and perhaps considering a second coat of makeup. Labour leader Ed Miliband is trying to synthesize the disparate factions in his own party, several of which are annoyed with him after Labour lost seats to UKIP. The Liberal Democrats, annihilated at the polls now that there’s another protest party in town, are engaging in the sort of cloak-and-dagger maneuvers against party leader Nick Clegg usually found in John Le Carré novels. And Scottish Nationalist Party head Alex Salmond, fresh off a campaign to paint his country as a neo-socialist Norway West, is irritated that the right-wing UKIP picked up a seat right under his nose.

RyanAir CEO Slams EU at EU Innovation Summit

By on 12.19.11 | 3:46PM

Politicians and bureaucrats in the European Union were treated to a verbal lashing for their cronyism and anti-entrepreneurism by Michael O'Leary, CEO of airline RyanAir, at a conference held by the EU on "innovation."

The CEO started his remarks tearing down the European ruling class for protecting inefficient airlines that charge too much money for useless services. For this speech to come from someone in Europe, let alone at a summit at the EU, is a conservative dream.

Here is a transcript of the first few minutes of O'Leary's John Galt speech (video below):

Klaus and the Lisbon Treaty: No Need to Hurry

By on 10.16.09 | 6:45AM

While Britain will be a huge beneficiary if Czech President Vaclav Klaus delays ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and allows for a UK referendum, Klaus's defiant stance is one driven by care for the Czech Republic whose best interests he does and should have at heart.

David Cameron, leader of the British Conservative Party -- tipped by the polls to become Britain's next Prime Minister by next June at the latest -- has pledged to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty if it is not ratified before the next UK general election. President Klaus has practically taken on mythical status among British EU-skeptics since a referendum on Lisbon is a sure-fire way to kick-start the renegotiation of Britain's unsatisfactory relationship with the European Union.