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

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A case for rapprochement with Russia

Finding a middle ground between entrenched Moscow and Washington could help end the Syria conflict

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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

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China is sailing into a sea of troubles

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

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The Republicans search for a winner

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

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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

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A global test of American power

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

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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

Europe will fail the values test on refugees

This crisis is asking people to live up to their convictions in ways that are costly and inconvenient

Refugees or migrants? What’s in a word?

A good question and one that has been exercising many commentators

Militarism risky temptation for Beijing

If it goes wrong, it could destroy the international order that brought China great economic success

Germany’s conditional surrender

Rather than risk its reputation, the Merkel government has agreed yet another Greek bailout

Europe should welcome Greece’s vote

Athens and the eurozone have a common interest in making Grexit as painless as possible

Europe’s dream is dying in Greece

By locking the nation into a failed economic experiment the EU is destroying wealth and stability

The three perilous options facing Europe

The truth is that whatever decisions are made, all choices could lead to chaos

Four games the Greeks may be playing

Negotiations look increasingly like a deadly scene in ‘Rebel Without A Cause’

If Europe cannot bend it will break

The continent’s inability to respond to changed circumstances is truly alarming

What Fifa tells us about global power

If the US says there is a serious case to answer, it still carries credibility

Cameron, Europe and the hand of history

Britain has always tried to be a European and a global power

Obama’s trade deal will not tame China

The TPP is not a significant enough step to justify all the geopolitical hopes invested in it

‘The Edge’, by Mark Urban

The shrinking advantage of the west over the rest

Cameron’s ‘Little England’ is a myth

The argument that the election revealed an inward-looking country is wrong

Grexit may be best for a bad marriage

The euro has failed to achieve the political goal it was meant to serve: promoting European unity

The political storm over the Googleplex

Concern about government snooping is mixed with anxiety about commercial use of data

Reality of Europe’s migrant crisis

An EU agreement on burden-sharing of refugees is not certain since the numbers are not known

Buying Trident would weaken UK defence

The Tories’ commitment is a frivolous decision to waste billions on a symbol of strength

UK’s risky obsession with US decline

Many policy makers seem to see the rise of China as inevitable

The nightmare of a Korean cold war thaw

Everyone in the region has reason to be wary of the process by which unification might come about

Growth alone will not stabilise Europe

Fear of immigration and anger at elite corruption, as well as austerity, bolster extreme politics

China’s money magnet pulls US allies

Diplomatic debacle over AIIB will make America look isolated and petulant

Transatlantic spat exposes deeper cracks

Those who now dominate politics did not grow up when Britain still saw itself as a great power

Greece, Russia and humiliation politics

Solving international conflicts may involve thinking as much about emotions as interests

Putin’s survival plan is lies and violence

Russian president stirs nationalist paranoia that makes Nemtsov’s killing permissible

A Greek deal cannot fix the euro’s flaws

There has rarely been a period when it is more urgent for Europeans to work together

Russian hearts, minds and refrigerators

Rather than engage Putin on the battlefield, it makes more sense to hit the economy


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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