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

Eurozone split - Europe's central drama

  • 7 October 2014
  • From the section Europe
Worker at luxury shoemakers Tod in Italy
Tod's shoes in Italy: Exporters face tough conditions in the ailing eurozone

On Wednesday Europe's leaders will gather in Milan for their on-off-on-again summit on jobs and growth.

Expectations are low. The meeting is very much the idea of the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, wanting to demonstrate to a domestic audience that he is at the forefront of the struggle to cut Europe's unemployment numbers.

Even as the leaders discuss how to boost growth, what will be impossible to disguise are the deep divisions within the eurozone - and that is Europe's central drama this autumn.

Germany has proudly announced that it is running a balanced budget. In contrast France and Italy are not just struggling with their budgets; they are threatening to flout the EU's budget rules. "France makes its own rules," says its Prime Minister Manuel Valls. The European Commission may well challenge that assertion.

Let's take the case of Italy. It has torn up its own forecasts. Growth this year will be -0.3%, compared with a predicted figure of 0.8%. Growth next year will be a tepid 0.6%.

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UK's Lord Hill meets his EU critics

  • 1 October 2014
  • From the section Europe
Lord Hill at hearing, 1 Oct 14
Lord Hill managed to charm many MEPs and got some laughter

It was the confirmation hearing that people wanted to queue for. The expectation was that Lord Hill, the British politician appointed to be the European commissioner for financial regulation, would be verbally roughed up.

It never really happened. Jonathan Hill was quick to disarm his critics. He said several times that he was not in Brussels as a representative of the City of London. "I want to work," he stressed, "for the common European interest". He described himself as a "pragmatic, consensual European politician".

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EU hearings: The grilling of Lord Hill

  • 30 September 2014
  • From the section Europe
Lord Hill in House of Lords, file pic
Some MEPs want to probe Lord Hill's ties to the UK financial establishment

In the middle of the day on Wednesday a former leader of the House of Lords will face a three-hour grilling in the European Parliament.

It is fair to say that Lord Hill will never have endured such a detailed public questioning before.

Read full article EU hearings: The grilling of Lord Hill

Scotland's vote weighs on Europe

  • 15 September 2014
  • From the section Europe
Yes campaign supporter in Glasgow, 15 Sep 14
Glasgow: The Yes campaign has narrowed the gap with the pro-Union camp, polls suggest

Amongst the officials of Europe, Scotland is a topic they recoil from.

No one wishes to take a public stand which could influence the outcome of Thursday's referendum. It is a matter, they add, for Scotland and the rest of the UK.

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Juncker's olive branch to Britain

  • 10 September 2014
  • From the section Europe

The UK got a top post in the new EU Commission and the one it particularly wanted.

Jonathan Hill will be the commissioner responsible for regulating Europe's financial services and the new rules for the banks. Although he will be acting in the "European" interest it means a Brit will have responsibility for the City of London.

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Eyes on EU Commission's Juncker as he unveils team

British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) speaks with European Commission President elect Jean-Claude Juncker during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels (30 August 2014)
From a British perspective the key question is what job the new Commission chief (R) gives Lord Hill

Some time this week a little-known British politician will be assigned a portfolio in Brussels.

To most people, preoccupied with the future of the United Kingdom, the appointment will attract little attention.

Read full article Eyes on EU Commission's Juncker as he unveils team

A peace project at a time of war

  • 2 September 2014
  • From the section Europe
An armed pro-Russian separatist stands next to an APC in the city of Donetsk
Europe is struggling to react to the emerging reality of "New Russia" in Ukraine

At last Saturday's summit in Brussels the EU's new foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that, at heart, the European Union was a "peace project".

It is often defended with those words but now it is a "peace project" at a time of war. The known world is receding. And Europe is struggling to adjust to that new reality.

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Eurozone anxiety overshadows EU summit

  • 29 August 2014
  • From the section Europe
Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk attends a parliamentary meeting in Warsaw, 29 August 2014
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is a front runner for the role of European Council president

In the midst of cascading international crises, Europe's leaders are set to meet for an unusual Saturday summit.

The meeting has long been in the diary and its agenda is to decide on two of the EU's top jobs.

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France and the shadow of the euro

  • 26 August 2014
  • From the section Europe
French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech in the rain on the Ile de Sein, an island located near the Pointe-du-Raz, off the Brittany coast, on 25 August 2014.
Francois Hollande's popularity is the lowest for a French president in more than 50 years

President Francois Hollande has been overseeing the creation of his third cabinet in two years.

The resignation of his government on Monday was partly due to feuding, personal ambition, and the divisions between centre-left politicians and socialists.

Read full article France and the shadow of the euro

Europe: All change on Iraq

  • 21 August 2014
  • From the section Europe
Yazidi children in Angers in western France hold placards in support of their community in Iraq (20 August 2014)
France, home to Yazidi refugees and a large Kurdish community, is calling for an international conference

In just a few days in August everything changed. Or that is how it seems in Europe. The language of politics is different.

French President Francois Hollande said: "I believe the international situation is the worst we've seen since 2001" and the 9/11 attacks on New York.

Read full article Europe: All change on Iraq

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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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