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Power Buster: EU Competition Commissioner MARGRETHE VESTAGER on populism and optimism

July 30, 2018 10:12 am Published by Comments Off on Power Buster: EU Competition Commissioner MARGRETHE VESTAGER on populism and optimism

The Times calls her “the Great Dane of Brussels”. To the Independent she’s “the Harry Kane of the EU”. She’s the real-life inspiration for Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg from the TV show ‘Borgen’. Now, fresh from coolly levying a record-breaking £4bn fine on Google for abusing its market dominance over Android users, EU Competition Commissioner MARGRETHE VESTAGER talks to Nick about power, populism, what makes the EU tick, and how technology could provide a way out of the present deadlock of resentment and rage. For this season finale of ANGER MANAGEMENT, Nick journeys into the heart of the European project…


Ministers Reflect: Nick Clegg

July 30, 2018 9:57 am Published by Comments Off on Ministers Reflect: Nick Clegg

Nick was interviewed as part of the Institute for Government’s Ministers Reflect series. He reflected on the way that the Coalition took decisions, on the pressures of being “wildly overstretched” as Deputy Prime Minister, and on his relationship with David Cameron. You can read the full interview here.  


Delaying Brexit – what does it mean for the European Parliament elections?

July 23, 2018 12:10 pm Published by Comments Off on Delaying Brexit – what does it mean for the European Parliament elections?

DELAYING BREXIT – WHAT WOULD IT MEAN FOR THE 2019 EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS? What is the problem? The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, two years after the date of the Article 50 letter. The next European Parliament (EP) elections are to be held a few weeks later, on 23-26 May 2019. Under the terms of Article 50, a departing Member State can request that the deadline for negotiations is extended. If the withdrawal agreement presented to the Westminster parliament this autumn is rejected by MPs, the government will face a choice between trying…


BBC Newsnight interview

July 17, 2018 4:57 pm Published by Comments Off on BBC Newsnight interview

Last night Nick was interview on BBC Newsnight. Following a series of Commons votes on Brexit, and another ministerial resignation, Nick declared that the government was in “an outright state of degeneration.” He also called for the Article 50 timetable to be extended, and revealed the EU negotiators had already concluded that the government’s Chequers Brexit deal was not acceptable. “This is a government now in an outright state of degeneration” – former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg argues that the UK is running out of time on Brexit @nick_clegg | #newsnight pic.twitter.com/3oIDP8NoLF — BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) July 16,…


Channel 4 News Interview

July 17, 2018 3:28 pm Published by Comments Off on Channel 4 News Interview

Nick was interviewed on Channel 4 News about Donald Trump’s latest comments on the EU. The President of the USA has described the EU as a “foe” to America. Nick argued that the world has changed beyond recognition since the referendum was held in 2016, and argued that, as a country, we need time to pause and consider whether Brexit is really the right course of action. "He seems more drawn to negotiating with illiberal authoritarian leaders around the world than with fellow democrats." Nick Clegg says “the world…has changed out of all recognition” since the election of Donald Trump…


Episode 7: “This is not America”: former US Vice President JOE BIDEN on the power of positive example

July 16, 2018 10:24 am Published by Comments Off on Episode 7: “This is not America”: former US Vice President JOE BIDEN on the power of positive example

Few politicians have dealt with weightier global issues, or dealt with more devastating personal tragedy, than JOE BIDEN, two-term Vice President to Barack Obama. As a young senator in 1972 he lost his first wife and his daughter in a car crash. During his second term as Vice President, his son Beau succumbed to brain cancer aged only 46. On the latest edition of ANGER MANAGEMENT WITH NICK CLEGG, Joe Biden speaks movingly about how to deal with unimaginable loss without lapsing into despair. He talks about where the rage that now defines our political climate comes from, and how…


May’s Brexit position will crumble so Article 50 should be delayed

July 16, 2018 10:18 am Published by Comments Off on May’s Brexit position will crumble so Article 50 should be delayed

So, has she pulled it off? In response to Theresa May’s “Chequers deal” and Thursday’s White Paper establishing a UK negotiating position for the Brexit deal, business groups were positive, EU leaders publicly polite and pro-European Conservative “rebel” MPs supportive. Even Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, struck an emollient tone. Despite the resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis, broadsides from Donald Trump and grumblings from backbench hardliners, the prime minister and her inner circle might be forgiven for thinking they are finally making progress towards a “smooth and orderly” Brexit. They would be very unwise to do so.…


Hard Brexit Global Britain….is just a Fantasy Island

July 3, 2018 9:44 am Published by Comments Off on Hard Brexit Global Britain….is just a Fantasy Island

In May, Nick joined forces with former Labour foreign secretary David Miliband and Conservative chair of the Treasury select committee Nicky Morgan to warn against the dangers of a hard Brexit. In a major cross-party event, the trio spoke at Tilda, an iconic British firm which has been based in the UK for four decades and sells rice in more than 50 countries. For Tilda, the alternatives to Customs Union membership do not guarantee the same level of barrier-free access for its products in the rest of the EU and will require the firm to relocate part of its processing…


Watch Nick Clegg react to some of the very accurate Brexit predictions he made before the vote

July 2, 2018 1:13 pm Published by Comments Off on Watch Nick Clegg react to some of the very accurate Brexit predictions he made before the vote

In June 2016, one day before the EU referendum, Nick Clegg predicted what the UK would wake up to if the country voted for Brexit in an article for i. “My predictions – bleak as they were,” Mr Clegg tells i two years on, “understated just how much the world has changed for the worse”. What did he get right? Click here to find out more.


Episode 6: Rome and away… Italy’s ex-PM MATTEO RENZI on power, populism… and football

June 27, 2018 9:21 pm Published by Comments Off on Episode 6: Rome and away… Italy’s ex-PM MATTEO RENZI on power, populism… and football

Britain and the United States are not the only political systems to be rocked by the forces of populism. The convulsions of the past few years have left Italian politics unrecognisable. So where do we go from here? On the latest edition of ANGER MANAGEMENT, former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi – Italy’s youngest-ever PM and head of the fourth longest-lasting government in Italian history – talks to Nick about his country’s present and future. Showing a rare sense of humour in a senior politician, he recounts the experiences that shaped him, explains where anger is leading Italian politics, and tells…