Admit it, Europe needs Britain

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To suggest that an ‘out’ vote would see Eurosceptics rise up elsewhere is probably an exaggeration

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Hard-headed humanity can save Merkel

European leaders need to show that they have regained command of events

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Interests battle emotion in Brexit issue

The in-out choice is between being a maker or a taker of the rules

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Poland’s threat to European solidarity

Democracy, as often happens with authoritarians, is being redefined as the will of the majority

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Saudi-Iran paradox that haunts the west

Riyadh is viewed as a close ally and vital collaborator in the fight against jihadism

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Politicians pay bill for the crash

Economies may be limping back to health, but the political elites are still reeling

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Le Pen not Trump is the bigger danger

The National Front leader promises return to a past Europe thought it had left behind forever

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How history echoes Syria’s unholy war

As in 17th-century Europe, it is the involvement of outside powers that has kept the fires burning

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Osborne’s axe falls on civic Britain

The exercise is one in transferring to town halls responsibility to implement Whitehall cuts

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How not to deal with a humbled Putin

Sanctions are biting and Ukraine has turned into a mire: the west must be canny from now on

Paris attacks must shake complacency

The idea that the west should shoulder blame rests on a corrosive moral relativism

Osborne’s flawed austerity

The easy savings have been found. This second squeeze promises to exact a serious toll on services

No hiding place from global disorder

Syria’s civil war transfers to the heart of one of Europe’s great cities

The fatal flaw in the case for Brexit

Britain would struggle to advance national interests in splendid isolation

China must learn to be a great power

The nation has emerged in the space of a couple of decades as second only to the US

If Merkel falls, Europe will unravel

She has been the rock of certainty. Without her the fractures would multiply

China spurs Modi’s pivot to Washington

The world’s largest democracy needs the investment of the most advanced one

Do not blame Merkel for the refugees

Nationalist rhetoric cannot deliver national solutions — co-operation is what the EU is for

Conflicts will become the new norm

The business danger is that analysis of threats can beget paralysis


Philip Stephens Philip Stephens is a commentator and author. He is associate editor of the Financial Times where as chief political commentator he writes twice-weekly columns on global and British affairs.

He joined the Financial Times in 1983 after working as a correspondent for Reuters in Brussels and has been the FT’s Economics Editor, Political Editor and Editor of the UK edition. He was educated at Wimbledon College and at Oxford university.

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