Gavin Hewitt, Europe editor

Gavin Hewitt Europe editor

This is where you will find my view of the big arguments over Europe, its politics and its personalities

Greek elections: Europe waits on voters' verdict

  • 23 January 2015
  • From the section Europe

When Greeks vote on Sunday they will not just be choosing a new government, they will be delivering a verdict on Europe and its leaders.

If the polls are accurate, Greece is on the verge of electing the first anti-austerity party in the eurozone. If that happens, Greece's future will once again be uncertain.

But the election will be judgement day on how Europe has managed its financial and economic crisis. The country has been bailed out with €240bn (£188bn) from the EU, the ECB and the IMF. But the economy has shrunk by 25%, unprecedented in the modern era.

Many Greeks believe they have been assigned to a laboratory for austerity.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, when in opposition, was mistrusted by Brussels and Berlin. He doubted whether cutting spending in the middle of a recession would work and resisted signing up to it. In power, he has essentially followed the script of the so-called troika; the EU, the IMF and the ECB.

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, 21 January 2015
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has headed a fragile coalition government

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Europe: Central Bank rides in

  • 21 January 2015
  • From the section Europe
Mario Draghi (file pic Dec 2014)
Mario Draghi vowed to do whatever it took to prevent countries defaulting in 2012

Once again the European Central Bank (ECB) is set to demonstrate it is the most powerful institution in Europe.

Once again the bank is set to ride to the rescue of the eurozone.

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The 2015 Greek euro drama

  • 5 January 2015
  • From the section Europe
Alexis Tsipras, 3 Jan 15
On 3 January the Syriza leader addressed a party congress where election candidates were chosen

It did not take long. The game is very much in play. Greek voters are being bombarded with warnings about what is at stake when they go to the polls on 25 January.

There is little that is coded in these messages. When a country has been bailed out to the tune of €240bn (£187bn; $286bn) there is no such thing as non-interference in Greece's internal politics.

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Europe in 2015: A year of insecurity

  • 29 December 2014
  • From the section Europe
Euro bank notes and coins
As in previous years, Europe enters 2015 with worries about its economy

For Europe, 2015 will witness another attempt to reach a place of safety. For the past two years European officials and leaders have declared the economic crisis over. In the past six months a sense of foreboding has returned.

The dangers are not the same as 2012. There is no danger of countries being unable to fund their debts. The threat now is of stagnation and deflation.

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Europe in 2014: Ghosts return

  • 15 December 2014
  • From the section Europe
Nato Norwegian F-16 jet/Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber - file pic
Cold War echo: A Norwegian fighter tracks a Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber

For Europe this has been the year when ghosts - long thought buried - returned.

For nearly 70 years Europe had held to a core principle: that borders could not be changed by force. In Crimea - and in eastern Ukraine - Russian President Vladimir Putin dusted down and revived older, more dangerous doctrines.

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Cameron, migration and the Germans

  • 28 November 2014
  • From the section Europe
UK Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech at JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, central England 28 November 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron has said he hoped to get net migration below 100,000 before the election in 2015

David Cameron was speaking to different audiences today. Of course there was the British electorate and his own restive backbenchers but he was also addressing the Europeans and in particular the Germans.

Berlin had been genuinely shocked when David Cameron and senior Conservatives had spoken of imposing "emergency brakes", "caps" or quotas on the numbers of EU migrants moving to Britain.

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Kick-starting the European economy

  • 26 November 2014
  • From the section Europe

The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled his big plan today to boost the European economy. "Europe needs a kick-start," he said, "and the Commission is applying the jump leads".

The aim is to get the private sector to start investing again in Europe.

Read full article Kick-starting the European economy

Pope Francis hits out at 'bureaucratic' Europe

  • 25 November 2014
  • From the section Europe
Pope Francis talks with President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, in Strasbourg, France, on 25 November 2014
Parliament President Martin Schulz said the Pope's comments were intended to strengthen the EU

Apart from Italy, Pope Francis has not visited an EU country. Some in Europe felt ignored, so a speech was arranged to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

This was not a pastoral visit. It was as close to a political speech as the Pope could make. He addressed MEPs directly on the current malaise in Europe.

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German economy: Eurozone star causing concern

  • 12 November 2014
  • From the section Europe
Angela Merkel, surrounded by cabinet ministers, is handed a report by Germany's council of economic advisers (12 Nov)
Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) is given an economic report cutting Germany's 2014 growth forecast to 1.2%

The narrative has been there for so long that it almost goes unchallenged. Germany is the "engine room" of the eurozone.

Only recently, while much of Europe was mired in economic crisis, Germany was celebrating "Wirtschaftswunder", an economic miracle.

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Change comes to Brussels with Jean-Claude Juncker

  • 6 November 2014
  • From the section Europe
Jean-Claude Juncker speaking at his first press conference as new EU commission president
Jean-Claude Juncker has struck a much more combative tone than his predecessors

It is only day four of the new European Commission and Brussels crackles with expectation. The Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is blunt, abrasive and unafraid of a fight.

Compared with his predecessor he is unplugged. And the European press is revelling in the air of unpredictability.

Read full article Change comes to Brussels with Jean-Claude Juncker

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About Gavin

Gavin was special correspondent for BBC News before becoming Europe editor in 2009.

He covered the Obama campaign in 2008 and was embedded with US forces for the invasion of Iraq.

He has written two books including A Soul On Ice.

He has won an RTS, a BAFTA and a Broadcast award.

He has covered conflicts in Georgia, Lebanon and Zimbabwe and reported from New York after 9/11. He was in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and was in Berlin the night the wall fell.

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