A very bad time to break up Britain

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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

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Division risks sapping the west’s power

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

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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

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Russia is being led to disaster

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

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A brief golden moment for Germany

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

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Brazil’s brilliance is also a curse

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

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Revisionist powers drive world’s crises

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

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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

The super-rich turn politics into a lottery

Courting the rich is both necessary and dangerous for politicians

Keep the lid on Pandora’s Asian box

Rather than risk war over shoals and goats, all sides should submit to arbitration

Block Juncker to save European democracy

You end up with a situation in which voters have ‘chosen’ a leader they have never heard of

EU cannot ignore the populist howl

The argument that the protest vote is too weak and incoherent to merit a response is flawed

Europe no longer shapes its neighbours

The heady days of 2011, when idealists welcomed the Arab world’s uprisings, are long gone

A Swift way to curb Putin’s ambitions

The evidence suggests that while the Russian president is bold, he is not mindlessly reckless

Ukraine still deserves our support

The goals of the thousands who protested in Kiev this year remain worthy and attainable

Modi is a risk worth taking for India

The BJP leader’s record as Gujarat chief minister offers reasons for hope


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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