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Should we be testing everyone in Britain?

April 30, 2020 12:00 am

Only the infectious would have to be kept at home

putin

Can Putin survive the coronavirus stress test?

April 29, 2020 11:38 pm

His regime is facing its greatest challenge yet

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Boris has found a path out of lockdown — but it won’t be smooth

April 29, 2020 11:15 pm

The UK government is adopting the South Korean approach

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What is the US Navy doing in the Persian Gulf?

April 29, 2020 3:39 pm

American policy has become decoupled from American national interests

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Germany offers a worrying lesson in lifting the lockdown

April 29, 2020 9:41 am

Berlin fears that five weeks of confinement were for nothing if the numbers go up again

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The world puts an * next to China

April 29, 2020 5:50 am

The asterisk is the powerful symbol of a new era of distrust

bureaucracy

How British doctors are hamstrung by bureaucracy in their COVID-19 response

April 28, 2020 9:41 am

Hard-pressed consultants are reportedly being forced to swap news in WhatsApp groups about possible cutting-edge treatments

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How New Zealand won its fight with coronavirus

April 27, 2020 8:42 am

Jacinda Ardern has been the first national leader brave enough to use the word ‘eliminated’

italy

Why Germany is reluctant to bail out Italy

April 27, 2020 8:28 am

Coronavirus is breathing new life into old European divisions

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Boris Johnson’s new approach to lockdown easing

April 27, 2020 8:15 am

Johnson talked of firing up parts of the economy one by one with public health remaining the driving priority

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Germany’s coronavirus crisis may have just revealed Merkel’s successor

April 26, 2020 11:08 am

Markus Söder does not lack the self-confidence to think he can take over Merkel’s job

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Kim Jong-un: dead or alive?

April 26, 2020 6:45 am

North Korea offers the excitement of the unknown — and the media is captivated

britain china

Britain’s bid to become China’s best friend in the West is over

April 25, 2020 11:54 am

Hawkishness on China is going to be one of the issues that binds together the new Tory electoral coalition

africa

Virus deaths may not be the greatest challenge ahead for Africa

April 24, 2020 6:08 pm

Pestilence heralds a time of dramatic change

antibody test

Could this antibody test offer Britain a route out of lockdown?

April 24, 2020 9:42 am

Over the next few days, testing kits are being sent to 20,000 randomly-selected households

political agony

The difficult balance of public vs political agony

April 23, 2020 3:18 pm

Along comes a crisis that offers a Conservative government a historic chance to show that they care

hong kong

China is using coronavirus to crack down on Hong Kong

April 23, 2020 11:35 am

Over the weekend, 15 senior democracy campaigners were rounded up and arrested

australia

Did Australia’s China-skepticism prepare it for COVID-19?

April 23, 2020 11:04 am

As political attitudes in Australia have hardened, so too has public opinion

brexit extension

There is nothing to lose from a Brexit extension

April 23, 2020 10:44 am

The British government can afford to extend the transition process at no significant political cost whatsoever

brexit britain

Could the COVID crisis be an economic opportunity for Brexit Britain?

April 22, 2020 11:43 pm

The way we buy and sell things will change

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Boris’s difficult decision: when should lockdown be lifted?

April 22, 2020 11:10 pm

The COVID crisis has split the cabinet into two groups

arab spring

Could the COVID crash spark another Arab Spring?

April 22, 2020 4:50 pm

If you are an oil-exporting state then your economic fortunes are tied to global demand — and this will continue to be depressed

banlieues

Paris’s banlieues are burning once again

April 22, 2020 12:06 pm

There have now been four successive nights of rioting

netanyahu

Netanyahu’s wages of winning

April 21, 2020 11:24 am

The 14-page ‘coalition agreement’ sounds less like Gantz’s roadmap to power and more like a political suicide note, written for him by Netanyahu

scientific

How Britain can overcome its scientific illiteracy

April 21, 2020 11:04 am

People have a completely false concept about the nature of science