Europe

brexit

Brexit is back — and COVID has transformed negotiations

May 21, 2020 6:18 pm

Coronavirus has dwarfed any changes Brexit might bring. We are over that cliff edge already

eu covid fund

How Macron gamed the EU COVID fund

May 21, 2020 4:01 pm

The ‘transfer union’, it turns out, will largely be a transfer to France

young

Are young people more likely to catch COVID?

May 21, 2020 6:31 am

Young people tend to indulge in the highest amount of social mixing

cambridge

Cambridge University is kowtowing to China

May 20, 2020 11:21 pm

Further investigation of Jesus College’s China Centre site suggests all is not well

germany flag burning

Germany’s flag burning ban is a threat to freedom of expression

May 19, 2020 10:12 am

The defilement of flags is not about the protection of individuals

sweden

Sweden has pioneered an alternative to lockdown — and it works

May 17, 2020 12:13 pm

Confinement is not a good way to manage uncertainty

extremists

Extremists are going to thrive in the post-lockdown world

May 16, 2020 4:39 pm

When I trawl the chat boards and the jihadi messenger groups it’s clear that they are preparing to exploit the economic crisis to come

france

France’s bid to tame the German giant

May 15, 2020 12:02 pm

Fear is rising of an asymmetric European economic exit from the pandemic

costly

This is not a natural disaster, but a manmade one

May 14, 2020 2:00 pm

I am steeped in dread. I foresee months, if not years, of inane gesturing towards ‘safety’ that makes no appreciable difference to the nation’s health

british

The British state needs rewiring

May 14, 2020 12:39 pm

Britain has long prided itself on its Rolls-Royce government machine, but this crisis has exposed its limitations

marion marechal le pen

Marion Maréchal and La France profonde

May 14, 2020 9:22 am

Marine Le Pen’s niece has plans for a new ‘Latin Alliance’ to protect European liberty

lockdown

League of nations: the race out of lockdown

May 13, 2020 11:59 pm

We’re taking part in a worldwide laboratory experiment

modeling

Can we trust COVID modeling?

May 13, 2020 11:32 am

The evidence from Sweden suggests not

new york times

Coronavirus offers another excuse for the New York Times to bash Britain

May 12, 2020 4:14 pm

The Gray Lady’s anti-British animus is worth highlighting

child passing on covid-19

No evidence of children passing on COVID-19 to relatives, says Icelandic study

May 12, 2020 12:31 pm

The study’s outcome appears to indicate that reopening schools would be safe

taiwan

President Trump’s support for Taiwan is welcome

May 11, 2020 12:18 pm

The US government has done more than most to enhance ties with Taipei

emmanuel macron france

The French coronavirus approach could be working

May 11, 2020 10:05 am

There’s a greater maturity in the way that the French press have covered the crisis and that’s reflected in the behavior of the people and politicians

iceland

Iceland and the story of a very British invasion

May 10, 2020 10:48 am

The British diplomats explained that they were terribly sorry about the inconvenience

lockdowns derangement lockdown

Ten reasons to end the lockdown now

May 9, 2020 10:14 am

Lockdown is impairing our ability to live with the effects of this virus, while not changing the long game

neil ferguson

Forget Neil Ferguson’s personal failures — it’s his science that needs scrutiny

May 8, 2020 11:09 am

We should welcome the efforts to test and even to tear down the Imperial model — this is what the scientific process is

british empire

In defense of the British Empire

May 8, 2020 9:51 am

If the Empire was a system of exploitation, it was a very inept one

hugging china

Hugging China hasn’t done Britain any favors

May 7, 2020 8:02 pm

It isn’t healthy to be told that you’re chewing gum on the sole of another country’s shoes

sweden

Sweden and Britain are not the same

May 7, 2020 7:07 pm

Swedes are (for the most part) Swedish. Culturally and ethnically homogeneous, they tend to conform

fast-forward british

This pandemic has put British politics on fast-forward

May 7, 2020 2:36 pm

‘The past two months have been like two years of government,’ says one cabinet minister

merkel

Merkel has lost control of Germany’s coronavirus response

May 7, 2020 12:24 pm

The fate of the country and its success story in this crisis now lies in the hands of the 16 state governments