Brexit is no way out of Europe in crisis

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

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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’

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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

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The political shocks that will define 2016

Look to China and Britain for sudden surprises

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The whole world is on edge

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

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Le Pen, climate and defeat of nationalism

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

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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

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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

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

ABOUT GIDEON

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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