Alexei Navalny: a profile in courage

18 January 2021 10:32 am

Vladimir Putin likes his opponents in exile: it makes them easier to portray as defectors who have turned their back…

Who is Merkel's successor, Armin Laschet?

18 January 2021 2:17 am

Armin Laschet is the new chairman of Germany’s Christian Democrats – the party that was led by Angela Merkel for…

The case for liberal pessimism

17 January 2021 9:27 pm

Liberalism hasn’t had its sorrows to seek of late but its misfortunes show no sign of abating. The confluence of…

Al Qaeda and Iran’s dangerous partnership

17 January 2021 7:00 pm

What does the world’s foremost Shia power and the most notorious Sunni terror group have in common? Given that the…

France's Covid response is a source of national shame

16 January 2021 6:15 pm

France is the only permanent member of the UN Security Council not to have developed a coronavirus vaccine, and it…

Is Joe Biden’s administration fit for the 2020s?

16 January 2021 6:09 pm

Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees have been warmly received by the massed ranks of anti-Trumpists in Washington. But the warmth stateside…

Is the one shot jab a game changer?

16 January 2021 6:01 pm

The UK’s decision to lengthen the gap between first and second doses of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines has been…

What does Trump want now? Revenge — and a second term

15 January 2021 6:30 pm

The figure of the ex-president is one of the most endearingly republican features of American politics. He who was the…

Why Merlina, the Tower of London raven, was so remarkable

15 January 2021 3:02 am

Merlin (or Merlina), the cleverest and most sociable of the Tower of London ravens is missing. It’s a bad omen…

Are we witnessing the birth of an African Islamic State?

15 January 2021 2:24 am

On Monday, 13 soldiers were killedby the Islamic State in northeastern Nigeria. A week ago, just after midnight on Friday…

Donald Trump is impeached again – now what?

14 January 2021 9:48 am

Today Donald Trump became the first president in United States history to be impeached twice. He was first impeached in…

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Donald Trump and the limits of free speech

13 January 2021 3:21 am

Is Donald Trump’s expulsion from Twitter an attack on free speech? A great many Republicans are saying so. You certainly…

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@jack is the giant

13 January 2021 3:09 am

Where is Jack? You know, Jack-the-Giant-Killer? The little fellow who caught the giant Cormaran in a deadfall and dispatched him…


America’s Yeltsin moment

13 January 2021 1:12 am

The end of the Cold War was as great a shock to US politics as it was to the Soviet Union’s. The…

Tony Blair is deluding himself on a 'De Gaulle-style comeback'

12 January 2021 8:38 pm

Tony Blair has made a tentative return to the heart of British politics by offering Matt Hancock strategic advice on…


How will Trump leave office?

12 January 2021 12:52 pm

Send in the troops. The nation must restore order. The military stands ready. Aficionados of the New York Times may recall…

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The Big Tech backfire

12 January 2021 7:43 am

If your aim is to stop America descending into civil conflict, it’s hard to think of a less effective method…

Did Boris's bike ride breach lockdown rules?

12 January 2021 5:14 am

Exercise is a dangerous game these days. As two women recently discovered, drive five miles for a walk at a beauty…

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The trouble with alienating Middle America

12 January 2021 2:22 am

You’ve got to admire the left. Granted, they own the internet, the media, the courts (apparently) and now the government,…

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Praise be to our benevolent Big Tech Overlords

11 January 2021 4:11 am

It is done. The Dark Lord has been vanquished. His threatening aura has been purged from Twitter, along with many…

What Amnesty International gets wrong about Israel's vaccine programme

10 January 2021 7:00 pm

Israel’s remarkable vaccine rollout has been deservedly praised. But not everyone is full of goodwill. Depressingly and inevitably, commentators and human…

Despite Covid, things really are getting better

10 January 2021 6:00 pm

If Covid-19 had swept Britain in 1800, the chances are that no one would have noticed. The clinical signatures of…

cooler heads

So much for cooler heads prevailing

10 January 2021 7:33 am

There was a glimmer of hope amid the events at the US Capitol building on Wednesday. Could this be the…


MAGA arrives at the last level of the video game

10 January 2021 4:51 am

I played my share of video games when I was a kid and there was nothing quite like getting to…


Trump’s social media ban sets a dangerous precedent

10 January 2021 4:11 am

Facebook and Twitter’s decision to suspend Donald Trump is, legally speaking, fairly clear-cut. Both are private companies which set the…