The crisis in Anglo-American democracy

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Trump of the Republicans and Corbyn of the Labour party are recycling some bad old ideas

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Why Australia’s luck may be running out

The country is becoming a lightning rod for Chinese anger towards the west

The global democratic recession

Democracy is in retreat around the world — for now

Trump and Brexit feed off the same anger

Britain’s EU vote is a warning for Clinton not to be complacent

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Reds and blues in the disunited states

The two parties are trying to rally core supporters rather than win over the undecided

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Brexit and memories of the Somme

The relationship between the EU and the UK could easily slide into dangerous antagonism

Summer reading 2016: Politics

Gideon Rachman picks his books of the year so far

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I do not believe Brexit will happen

There will be howls of rage, but why should extremists on both sides dictate how the story ends?

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Why true democrats should vote Remain

Europe is the friend of democracy, not its enemy

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Orlando attack aids Trump’s fear campaign

Republican candidate sees killings as way to argue that elites are blinded by political correctness

Immigration could swing it for Brexit

This is a legitimate issue in the campaign that the Leave side would be stupid not to use

Xi has changed China’s winning formula

The country’s most important policies have been overturned by its strongman leader

Trump’s retreat from American greatness

If the US pulls back from its global role, other powers like China and Russia will fill the vacuum

Trump, Putin and lure of the strongman

All vow to lead a national revival through force of personality and willingness to ignore niceties

Trump has changed the world

The Republican party’s presumptive nominee is now the standard-bearer of the far right in the west

Delivering peace in Syria

For all their mutual mistrust, the two powers must find a way to work together

Obama and the end of the Anglosphere

The crucial point is that he is America’s first Pacific president

Merkel should protect press freedom

The prosecution of a satirist for insulting Turkey’s president would set a dangerous precedent

The day after Brexit

It’s a nightmare on Downing Street . . . and there is a long silence from Angela Merkel in Berlin

The gnomes of Zurich are silent no longer

Past actions are catching up with some Swiss banking clients

Wake up – Britain is heading for Brexit

The campaign for the UK to leave the EU has momentum and simple slogans

The unravelling of Angela Merkel’s power

The German chancellor has lost support at home and control in Europe

Donald Trump: the case for the defence

It is difficult to condemn his populism without also condemning democracy

Trump, Orban and the west’s great walls

There is a loss of faith in the ability to engage successfully with the outside world

Johnson has failed the Churchill test

By not appreciating the wider international context, the London mayor fails to emulate his hero

The revival of American isolationism

Both the far right and the hard left are now promising a retreat from globalisation

Trump, Sanders and American rage

The yearning for leaders from the fringes will have profound implications for the US and the world

Brexit is no way out of Europe in crisis

In its own interests, Britain must contribute to stability on the European continent

Greek debt is key to the refugee crisis

A model could be the camps set up for displaced people in Europe after the second world war

Silicon Valley uneasy after Snowden leaks

Western intelligence agencies worry that encryption will make the internet ‘go dark’

Bowie’s lesson for politics

Artist’s focus on the personal made the depressing headline news of the 1970s seem irrelevant

Mass migration into Europe is unstoppable

Population pressures in Africa and the Middle East will drive immigration far into the future

The political shocks that will define 2016

Look to China and Britain for sudden surprises

The whole world is on edge

Not one global power is optimistic and even in America, which should be cheering, the mood is sour

Le Pen, climate and defeat of nationalism

The contest between nationalists and internationalists is playing out the world over

The west’s view of the Saudis is shifting

The rise of Isis, human rights concerns and less dependence on Arab oil are triggering change

Before the Syria vote, a battle for Britain

The House of Commons hosted a debate that went to the heart of our nationhood

UK debate about symbols not substance

The reasons for an assault may sound hollow until you realise what not to participate would signal

We deride Le Pen and Trump at our peril

The rise of political extremists says something disturbing about liberal democracy in the west

Best books of 2015: Politics

A round-up of the titles to remember


Gideon RachmanGideon Rachman became chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times in July 2006. He joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok.

He also edited The Economist’s business and Asia sections. His particular interests include American foreign policy, the European Union and globalisation.

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