World

Are Macron and Merkel playing good cop, bad cop with Trump?

April 27, 2018 4:54 pm

For France and Germany, the contrast could scarcely be starker. For three days Emmanuel Macron was wooed and fêted by…

The 10 graphs that explain Vladimir Putin’s Russia

April 27, 2018 12:09 pm

This is an edited version of a presentation given by Owen Matthews at The Spectator’s What does Russia want? event.…

Interview: Meet Mariana Mazzucato, big-state capitalism’s new champion

April 26, 2018 8:29 pm

‘It was Plato who said storytellers rule the world,’ observes Mariana Mazzucato, her powerful voice tempered with a beaming smile,…

The disturbing case of Alfie Evans shames Britain

April 26, 2018 7:45 am

There was never going to be a happy ending to the story of Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old boy treated at…

America’s media is letting Iran off the hook

April 25, 2018 8:06 am

Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has spent the last few days in New York, using American media to make a…

Can Macron make his man crush with Trump pay off?

April 24, 2018 4:28 pm

Call it the audacity of hope. Emmanuel Macron wants to become the savior of the West. Like Sartre, he wants…

Macron-Trump bromance blossoms as the sun sets on Special Relationship

April 22, 2018 4:45 pm

The French President has shown himself to be someone who can focus on the bigger picture, despite political differences

Has Kim Jong-un finally grown up?

April 21, 2018 12:52 pm

Given the mutual bluster, threats and sabre-rattling we got used to from Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, it may be…

What will the next war look like?

April 20, 2018 7:56 am

Conventional weapons and armies are being replaced by hacking, drones and computer-game technology

We have a moral duty to mistrust politicians over Syria

April 19, 2018 10:24 am

In Britain, almost two years have passed since Sir John Chilcot produced his 12-volume report on the lessons of the…

Donald Trump is desperate for a North Korea deal

April 18, 2018 5:19 pm

Uh-oh. President Trump is wading into diplomatic waters in North Korea that he may have trouble navigating. Yesterday, he proudly…

Israel at 70: there’s no failure like success

April 18, 2018 10:05 am

On Wednesday, Israel marks seventy years of statehood. When David Ben Gurion declared independence on May 14th, 1948—the anniversary floats…

Why hasn’t Italy joined the strikes on Syria?

April 16, 2018 3:34 am

Italy’s caretaker government has refused to allow crucial bases to be used for intervention let alone Italy’s armed forces. The…

Is Emmanuel Macron Making France Great Again?

April 15, 2018 6:12 pm

Since Emmanuel Macron became president last year, he has unashamedly courted the world’s presidents, prime ministers, sheiks and chancellors. Much…

Strikes without strategy. What could possibly go wrong?

April 14, 2018 2:44 pm

Happy now? The US-led air strikes against Syrian bases, notably chemical weapons storage facilities, near Damascus and Homs and reportedly…

Saudi Arabia must become a new Dubai

April 13, 2018 2:59 pm

Although probably not possessed of the liberal sensibilities that would see him accepted for membership by, say, the Soho House…

Bombs away: Trump and Macron’s bromance is getting serious

April 12, 2018 1:08 pm

Remember the never-ending handshake? It was 14 July 2017, Bastille Day, and Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump opened their formal…

Putin’s cronies take a hit from the US

April 6, 2018 6:40 pm

“I’m afraid we no longer have oligarchs. That was a concept of the ’90s,” Russia’s deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich…

Why won’t America join the war on plastic bags? 

April 6, 2018 9:32 am

Bangladesh was the first to ban them back in 2002. Other countries, from Rwanda to Macedonia, have followed and in many places they…

Mohammed bin Salman is the thinking man’s Kate Middleton

April 5, 2018 1:10 pm

One out of every 14 Americans (myself included) watched the British Royal Wedding in 2011, which drove the other 13…

What Brexit Britain can learn from German Reunification

April 5, 2018 11:11 am

Obscured by the hubbub of rolling news and the cacophony of Twitter, an important anniversary has passed by virtually unnoticed.…

London has an amazingly hopeless Mayor. Why hasn’t anyone noticed?

April 5, 2018 10:54 am

According to people at City Hall, Sadiq Khan writes some of his own press releases. I can believe it: they’ve…

Macron’s Thatcher moment has arrived

April 5, 2018 10:53 am

The honeymoon is over for Emmanuel Macron. His first 11 months in office have been something of a breeze —…

Mohammed bin Salman’s fake news

April 4, 2018 10:53 am

Some people will believe anything, so other people will say anything, especially if they’re desperate. The headline news in Saudi…

The perfect recipe for a Trump meltdown

April 2, 2018 6:10 pm

President Trump has invited Russian president Vladimir Putin to the White House. This news is rocking Washington, but it shouldn’t…