The great ‘cold rush’ may bring prosperity – but at what price?

The Leiv Eiriksson off the coast of Greenland
©Steve Morgan/Greenpeace

The ice may be melting fast, but Greenland’s Arctic waters remain some of the most hostile and inaccessible anywhere

James Ferguson illustration

Israel is losing its friends in the world

Europeans view settlement expansion as a tactic to destroy hopes for a two-state agreement

Ingram Pinn illustration
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Obama’s options in Syria are deteriorating

The world’s most powerful leader has a blind spot about the exercise of power

©Ingram Pinn

The fatal flaw in the fight against Isis

Preventing the collapse of Iraq was one thing. Waging an open-ended war is quite another

Ingram Pinn illustration

England risks losing the war for Scotland

Disenfranchising Scottish MPs in the Commons amounts to English secession

Illustration for Financial Times - issue dated 20.09.14
©Jonathan McHugh

Now is the time to refurbish the British state

The danger is that politicians in Westminster return to business as usual ahead of next year’s election

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©Ingram Pinn

Scotland vote exposes established order

If elites fail to provide more accountable government, politics of exclusion will sweep them aside

Brown could be the saviour of the union

The former premier’s Scottishness has made him so effective in campaigning for Britishness

Salmond disregards foreign policy facts

Scottish nationalists’ assertion that everyone else would bend to Edinburgh’s will is wrong

Vibrant nationalism fights shy unionism

The Scots have faced dismal economic times, and it is much easier to champion a brave new future

‘The Future, Declassified’, by Mathew Burrows

Geopolitics just got a lot more difficult

The world says No to Scottish separation

The Yes side is playing a cynical, finite game of identity politics

A world retreating from globalisation

The US does not see a vital national interest in upholding an order that shifts power to rivals

Scottish patriots can vote for the union

If like-minded nations are to prosper in security they will have to pull closer together

Britain’s new enemies: immigrants and capitalists

The nation is left with an unhappy choice of populisms

Europe needs a lesson in deterrence

Europeans have been slow to recognise the world as it is rather than as they imagined

Putin’s next move – invade?

Europe has half-colluded in the ludicrous pretence that Russia is a concerned bystander in Ukraine

Britain slams the door on Hong Kong

Weakness wins no special favours for UK business from China

Worst threat to euro is a lack of trust

The argument between Italy and Germany asks a question at the heart of the currency’s future

Heathrow makes money out of misery

London’s main airport is abusing its dominant position


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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