Russia and Europe’s bloody borders

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If nations were again allowed to claim bits of their neighbours, it could convulse the continent

Borders and budgets could lay Europe low

Unrest over sovereignty issues risks pushing EU to the point of no return

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America, Britain and the perils of empire

Middle East turmoil of 1919 offers important lessons for today

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Russia through the nuclear looking glass

In Moscow the biggest danger is said to be that Ukraine decides to give war a chance

The war on Isis defies logic

The west’s air campaign is unlikely to improve the situation in the Middle East

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China’s biggest challenge since 1989

Beijing faces a choice in Hong Kong between repression and climbdown

The strange revival of nationalism

Separatist movements have a pull for voters even in a world of bits and bytes

Scotland poll will leave Cameron weaker

Nationalists round the world will seize on the vote against independence

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A very bad time to break up Britain

Scottish nationalists could soon find there are worse people in the world than London’s ‘Tory toffs’

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Why investors ignore war and terror

Global political change has done more to create opportunities than to destroy them

Division risks sapping the west’s power

America’s allies have come to rely excessively on the US to guarantee their security

Arab turmoil makes Israel reckless

The political shifts that help Israel look much more ominous in the long run

A Clinton in power cannot bring back the good times

Bill Clinton became president at a golden moment for the US

Russia is being led to disaster

Putin is revealed as a reckless gambler leading his country into economic and political isolation

A brief golden moment for Germany

The country has re-emerged as the leading political power in Europe but challenges lie ahead

Brazil’s brilliance is also a curse

Schools and hospitals often seem to have played second fiddle to stadiums

Revisionist powers drive world’s crises

China is likely to emerge the challenger to the US-dominated global system

Britain’s wooing of Germany has flopped

Two old friends are apart over Juncker but are likely to restore their close links soon

Solitude beckons for Cameron’s England

Whatever happens, London’s role as one of the few truly global cities is unlikely to change

War is no solution for the puzzle of Iraq

It is a leap of faith to believe that if the west piles in behind them things will get better


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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