Xi has changed China’s winning formula

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

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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

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Trump, Putin and lure of the strongman

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

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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

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Obama and the end of the Anglosphere

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

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Merkel should protect press freedom

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

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The day after Brexit

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

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The gnomes of Zurich are silent no longer

Past actions are catching up with some Swiss banking clients

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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

A case for rapprochement with Russia

Finding middle ground between Moscow and US may end Syria conflict

The clash of civilisations revisited

Multiculturalism is not a naive liberal aspiration — it is the reality of the modern world

Global consequences of the Paris attacks

Terrorists strike at a sensitive time in the history of France and Europe

China is sailing into a sea of troubles

Public opinion holds some sway in Hong Kong and Taiwan and is beyond Beijing’s control

The Republicans search for a winner

A Reagan-like candidate is needed who can say, ‘our best days lie ahead’ and mean it

The end of the Merkel era is within sight

As the placid surface of German society is disturbed, the positives of immigration are hard to see

A global test of American power

Obama is under pressure, at home and abroad, to restore the image of US strength

Outside powers at risk from Syria’s fire

Proxy wars can be very dangerous for the nations that are fuelling the conflict

The ideas that divide China and America

Washington believes in universal values and inevitable progress whereas Beijing does not

We must compromise with evil in Syria

Overriding goal must be to end the war and persuade outside forces to back a peace settlement

Crises that threaten to unravel the EU

Refugee issue has overshadowed the euro, but the single currency’s problems have not gone away


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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