Militarism risky temptation for Beijing

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

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Germany’s conditional surrender

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

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Europe should welcome Greece’s vote

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

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Europe’s dream is dying in Greece

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

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The three perilous options facing Europe

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

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Four games the Greeks may be playing

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

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If Europe cannot bend it will break

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

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What Fifa tells us about global power

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

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Cameron, Europe and the hand of history

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

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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

China’s fear of a colour revolution

Beijing seems to share the Russian view that America organised the uprising in Ukraine

Dangerous cracks at Europe’s centre

Comparisons are being made with the economic depression and unstable politics of the 1930s

EU cannot agree to write off Greek debt

The prospect of defaults would frighten the markets and increase the risk of another crisis

The ‘war on terror’ is going backwards

Fight against Islamist militias now resembles a more conventional conflict

The fateful choice that faces France

A risk arises that the terrorist attacks will lead to more bitter polarisation

West loses intellectual self-confidence

Faith in three props of post-cold war world - markets, democracy and US power - has faltered

Globalisation moves goalposts for Britain

British institutions, right across the social scale have changed, generating ambivalent feelings

Eurozone’s weakest link is the voters

The rise of anti-system parties threatens a currency that depends on consensus

Democracy is at issue in Israel’s election

The emerging clash between the Zionist ideal and democratic principles is increasingly evident

Chess moves to transform world politics

International affairs look badly in need of some brilliant new thinking

Obama is a lonely immigration liberal

Implicit in his argument is that rich nations have to accept they will continue to be a magnet

China, Russia and the Sinatra doctrine

Beijing and Moscow are pushing for a reordering of world affairs based on ‘spheres of influence’

The nuclear gun is back on the table

Both in private and in public, Russia is making explicit references to its nuclear arsenal

Russia is a bigger challenge than Isis

A nuclear-armed Moscow, intent on challenging US, poses risks we are only starting to understand

‘American Power after the Financial Crisis’, by Jonathan Kirshner

The fire of the crisis was extinguished at great cost, but ‘the firetrap remained’


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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