World

Why England lost the Ashes

6 January 2022 2:37 am

England’s wretched performance in the Ashes – which saw the side lose three tests and so the series to Australia…

Maureen Lipman's 'Jewface' criticism of Helen Mirren isn't fair

6 January 2022 12:37 am

I’m not sure I should be writing this piece, given I am not Jewish. Are Gentiles like me allowed to…

Macron’s potty-mouthed outburst is deliberate – and calculated

5 January 2022 11:04 pm

President Emmanuel Macron’s declaration that he intends to ‘emmerder’ – which loosely translates, excuse my English, as ‘piss off’ –…

Does Boris believe in Brexit?

5 January 2022 11:00 pm

For once, yesterday’s Downing Street press conference included a worthwhile question, and not of the ‘why aren’t you locking us…

Are Bored Apes racist?

5 January 2022 9:20 pm

A plague of apes has spread across social media. Wherever you look, blank simian faces stare back at you. Their…

Macron has crossed a line in his war on the unvaccinated

5 January 2022 7:22 pm

The new year has not started well for Emmanuel Macron. It began badly when some bright spark in the Elysée…

Why won't Joe Biden stand up to Iran?

5 January 2022 6:15 pm

This week marks two years since Iranian terror mastermind Major General Qassem Soleimani was torn apart by a Reaper drone missile…

The EU's weak response to Russian aggression plays into Putin's hands

5 January 2022 6:10 pm

The European Union’s top diplomat Josep Borrell is in Ukraine today. His mission? To show solidarity with Kiev in the…

The China Olympics are a moral failing

5 January 2022 7:18 am

The international community has failed regarding China and the 2022 Olympics. It’s a moral failing above all, but it’s also…

Boris Johnson rejects lockdown (again)

5 January 2022 5:27 am

Boris Johnson latest Covid press conference was slightly confusing. The Prime Minister spent nearly an hour saying nothing particularly new.…

The hypocrisy of Elon Musk

5 January 2022 2:31 am

Tesla’s sleek, if expensive, electric cars are leading the battle against climate change. Its batteries are moving renewable energy into the…

The flaw in Starmer's 'patriotic' pitch for power

5 January 2022 12:47 am

If campaign messaging is too subtle then the chances are that the electorate won’t even notice it, so in his…

How well is Brexit going?

5 January 2022 12:00 am

Twelve months after a comprehensive trade deal was signed with the EU, where are we now? How has the UK…

Germany's China-friendly approach is continuing under Olaf Scholz

4 January 2022 8:11 pm

As Angela Merkel prepares to write her autobiography, ‘explaining her key decisions in her own words’, her successor has his…

Will the real Keir Starmer stand up?

4 January 2022 6:06 pm

Keir Starmer begins 2022 looking like the best-placed Labour leader since the distant days of Tony Blair. That at least…

Biden’s coming year of paralysis

4 January 2022 2:50 pm

The first workday of 2022 and already Washington, DC has been paralyzed by snow. That isn’t saying much, given that…

The problem with 'vaccine equity'

4 January 2022 5:03 am

‘A stain on our soul’. That was how Gordon Brown, in his latest missive on the subject, described the failure…

No slouch on the couch

4 January 2022 4:00 am

I work on the weekends, so during the week I’m at home with my kids. I try to use that…

The China reckoning

4 January 2022 3:15 am

Fifteen years ago, I remarked to an acquaintance over lunch that it looked like China might eat America’s lunch in…

Prince Andrew is fighting a PR battle – and losing

4 January 2022 2:30 am

My late grandfather, the editor and columnist John Junor, nurtured fondly throughout his career the conviction that nobody could be…

The next chapter in American foreign policy

4 January 2022 1:30 am

The new year begins a new chapter in American foreign policy. For the first time since 2001, we are not…

Back in the USA

4 January 2022 12:45 am

American foreign-policy strategists used to promulgate doctrines. Now they dream up slogans. “America is back” is the jingle under which…

Can Armen Sarkissian fix Armenia?

4 January 2022 12:30 am

Armen Sarkissian, the president of Armenia, is incandescent with rage. “Five thousand brave and selfless Armenian soldiers were killed in…

Harry Potter and the strange absence of J.K. Rowling

3 January 2022 8:19 pm

Harry Potter returned to Hogwarts this weekend for a 20th anniversary special. He was joined in the Gryffindor common room…

Boris Johnson’s friendship problem

3 January 2022 6:48 pm

Boris Johnson is hoping that his MPs have calmed down over the Christmas break and that this term will be…