Macron may well win. But Macronism is dead

14 October 2021 3:19 pm

President Emmanuel Macron was in an expansive mood this week as he commandeered the splendid beaux arts Grand Palais in…

How will Europe respond to a wave of Afghan refugees?

27 August 2021 11:25 pm

On Tuesday, Franek Sterczewski made a break for the border. Wearing a long trench coat and carrying a blue plastic…

Who’d want to move to America now?

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Why would anyone move to the US?

Viktor Orbán goes to war on the European parliament

23 June 2021 7:42 pm

‘Times have changed, and whereas thirty years ago we believed Europe was our future, today we understand that we are…

European nations are reasserting themselves

29 March 2021 10:29 pm

All but the most hardened Remainer will admit that the EU’s vaccine rollout has been poor. Up against the UK’s…

The census is the latest Brexit battleground

17 March 2021 5:30 pm

The end of the Brexit wars have left some Remainers feeling redundant. A few are now turning their attention to a new…

The mask scandal threatening to destroy Merkel’s legacy

11 March 2021 6:18 pm

In Germany, masks have been one of the least controversial elements of this pandemic. Most people have accepted that they…

Barnier and France fear Brexit Britain’s next moves

5 March 2021 10:48 pm

Michel Barnier – still officially the EU’s Brexit taskforce leader – gives few interviews. As a Savoyard and keen mountaineer,…

Welcome to Trump’s second term

3 March 2021 2:41 am

President Biden’s emphatic assertion that ‘America is back’ at the Munich Security Conference last month was met with a lukewarm…

The EU needs to stop punishing Britain for Brexit

19 February 2021 3:01 am

There have always been those on the European side who believe that for the EU project to succeed, Brexit must…

Why Eastern Europe is looking to Russia and China for vaccines

18 February 2021 6:00 pm

With Central and Eastern European countries still gripped by Covid-19, the EU’s slow vaccine rollout has offered little solace in…

Central Europe’s vaccine scepticism problem

3 February 2021 3:47 am

Countries around the world are in a race against time to vaccinate their populations against Covid-19. But there is one…

Vaccine wars: the global battle for a precious resource

30 January 2021 9:00 am

The vaccine wars are turning nasty

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…

The EU has botched its vaccination programme

9 January 2021 9:00 am

The EU has botched its vaccination programme

Why Britain chose Brexit

19 December 2020 9:00 am

There was nothing peculiarly British about Brexit


The next American empire

13 November 2020 8:19 am

Americans have never been sure of their standing in the world, and the world has never been sure of Americans’…

Europe’s cities are becoming a refuge for Islamist extremists

6 November 2020 6:00 pm

Britain’s terror threat level has been upgraded to ‘severe’ this week, following jihadist attacks in both France and Austria. Raising…

The myth of the ‘stolen country’

26 September 2020 9:00 am

The myth of the ‘stolen country’

This pandemic has put politics on fast-forward

9 May 2020 9:00 am

‘The normal grease of politics is not there,’ bemoans one sociable cabinet minister. Certainly, the whispered conversations in corridors that…

Is it 'speculation' to say the UK has the most deaths in Europe?

6 May 2020 10:08 pm

It’s a grim news week for the government with Dominic Raab announcing in Tuesday’s press conference that the UK coronavirus death toll…

Have we been fighting a very different disease to China?

4 May 2020 10:13 pm

One of the great mysteries of coronavirus is how the epidemic has become much more severe in Europe and North…

The West is failing to rise to the challenge of coronavirus

26 March 2020 11:43 pm

Having apparently shaken off the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda machine is now in…


Will coronavirus revive liberalism — or deliver it a fatal blow?

24 March 2020 5:13 am

Politicians, said the historian A.J.P. Taylor, do not create the current of events. They can only float along with them…

Le crunch: are the Brexit talks doomed before they begin?

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Two irreconcilable versions of Brexit are about to collide