Articles on Nick Witney

At last, the stars are aligned for European defence (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 26 May 2017

It is beginning to look as though the concept of ring-fencing or reserving a portion of national budgets to be spent collaboratively might finally get airborne.

Trident replacement: losing its vocation? (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 21 March 2017

Britain’s departure from the EU may make the case for its nuclear deterrent replacement harder to sustain.

Shooting the ringleader: Trump draws a bead on Germany (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 13 February 2017

As the Trump administration amplifies its attacks on the European Union and its collective identity, we would do well to recall the lessons of the 1930s.  

UK Brexit debate still missing the point (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 16 December 2016

Negotiations seldom go well if you do not understand where the other side is coming from.

European Defence: This time, could they really mean it? (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 20 October 2016

A joint European defence budget won’t happen, but smaller steps in the direction of pooling European defence resources could and should be taken.

European defence: More smoke, but will there be fire? (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 14 September 2016

There are plenty of ways Europe can improve defence co-ordination – if its leaders truly want to move down this path. The determining factor will be political will in national capitals.

Brexit and defence: Time to dust off the 'letter of intent'? (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 14 July 2016

In the absence of a comprehensive framework for post-Brexit defence cooperation between the UK and EU 27, the forgotten Letter of Intent agreement could provide a useful stop-gap.

Salvage from the breckage (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 29 June 2016

​“Out” is not a long word, or a difficult concept. But, as the post-referendum turmoil continues, many Brits are having obvious difficulty getting their heads around it.

Britain’s sovereignty chestnut (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 03 May 2016

Die-hard sovereigntists may wish to preserve the Englishman’s historic right to bathe in his own sewage, or be treated in A&E by an exhausted doctor - most of us will be glad that EU membership from time to time pushes our own authorities to do the right thing.