World

The EU shouldn’t punish Brexit. They’d soon regret it

March 8, 2018 9:30 am

Last Monday, Theresa May’s chief of staff talked junior ministers through her Mansion House speech. Gavin Barwell was frank with…

Vladimir Putin is innocent until proven guilty in the Russian spy case

March 8, 2018 9:00 am

The apparent chemical attack on a former Russian double-agent and his daughter in an English cathedral city could be straight…

Scottish nationalism declares ‘shortbread’ unpatriotic

March 8, 2018 7:42 am

Robert Welch, founder of the John Birch Society, was a red-baiter of such ferocity he made Joe McCarthy look like…

What if Pyongyang has a biological weapons ‘dead hand’ strategy?

March 6, 2018 4:46 pm

Donald Trump isn’t the only one to have prodded North Korea’s baby-faced dictator, Kim Jong-un. President Trump did it with…

Why can’t we see Russia for what it is?

March 6, 2018 9:50 am

We live in a strange era when it comes to Russia. On the one hand there are people who seem…

Meet the anti-immigrant federalist who could well be Italy’s next prime minister

March 6, 2018 7:00 am

The man who could become Italy’s next prime minister is sat just opposite the entrance to the huge US and…

Meghan Marxist!

March 5, 2018 2:30 pm

The wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry has no precedent in the history of the Royal family. How will…

Expect the Eurozone to go bananas over Italy’s election

March 4, 2018 9:00 pm

I’ve been hearing disturbing but well-informed voices about the result of the election in Italy, the Eurozone’s third biggest economy,…

Why Trump’s ‘trade war’ makes strategic sense

March 2, 2018 12:00 pm

Has Donald Trump sparked off a trade war? His plans for a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10…

Italians aren’t fascists. They’re angry about immigration

March 1, 2018 5:14 pm

 Ravenna Amid relentless propaganda about Italy being in the grip of fascism, Italians go to the polls on Sunday. It…

What is Putin’s endgame in Syria?

March 1, 2018 5:00 pm

Familiar, depressing images emerge from Ghouta in Syria: rows of tiny white shrouds, children killed in relentless airstrikes, makeshift hospitals,…

Rolling tanks, plastic flowers and madness on parade: A visit to North Korea

March 1, 2018 12:13 pm

As Kim Jong-un might blow up the world next year, if not this, and people are forever trying to work…

The lesson of the Berlin Wall: capitalism works

March 1, 2018 12:09 pm

It is now 28 years and three months since the Wall came down. For Europeans and Americans, this is a…

America’s involvement in the Yemen war is unconstitutional — and stupid

March 1, 2018 10:53 am

Only very rarely in today’s Washington, D.C. is a cause so strong that it brings together America’s most famous progressive…

Beppe Grillo and the Italian art of digital populism

February 26, 2018 7:09 pm

A couple of years back, while writing my book Radicals, I secured an interview with Beppe Grillo, leader of the…

Justin Trudeau’s Captain Snowflake tour of India

February 26, 2018 6:58 pm

If your week was less than fun, spare a thought for Justin Trudeau. The Canadian Prime Minister’s seven-day visit to…

Angela Merkel has created Germany’s far-right

February 22, 2018 4:57 pm

Bankruptcy, wrote Ernest Hemingway, happens in two ways — ‘gradually and then suddenly’. By now, Angela Merkel will be beginning…

After Zuma: what next for South Africa?

February 22, 2018 4:50 pm

In recent years, living in South Africa has been a bit like having cancer. The malaise eating us from within…

The majesty of Vienna

February 22, 2018 4:45 pm

Two things always strike me when I visit Vienna. The first is how easterly the city lies. This was more…

Violent crime in Sweden is soaring. When will politicians act?

February 21, 2018 3:40 pm

January was a particularly violent month in Sweden. A 63-year-old man was killed in Stockholm by a hand grenade lying…

What is Marion Le Pen doing in America?

February 21, 2018 9:02 am

The news that Marion Maréchal-Le Pen will share a stage this week with US conservatives, addressing the annual Conservative Political…

Freddy Gray

My trip to Pakistan’s ‘Jihadi Disneyland’

February 15, 2018 12:43 pm

Not so long ago, Barack Obama called Waziristan ‘the most dangerous place in the world’. It was the losing front…

International aid

Does international aid do more harm than good?

February 15, 2018 12:34 pm

What a scandal for our times. Oxfam, that upholder of modern-day virtue, unassailable in its righteousness, buried for seven years…

The conservative case against Catalonia’s separatist narrative

February 14, 2018 12:34 pm

Daniel Hannan has written, compellingly and eloquently as usual, about the constitutional crisis taking place in my country, Spain. In…

Boris Titov

Boris Titov doesn’t want to be president but he’s still taking on Putin

February 14, 2018 12:30 pm

Boris Titov is running to be president of Russia, but he’s eager to talk himself out of the job. ‘I…