Britain’s new enemies: immigrants and capitalists

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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

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Britain slams the door on Hong Kong

Weakness wins no special favours for UK business from China

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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

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History tells us not to cling on to the past

Leaders must confront the world as it is, not as they know it

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Drifting Britain needs a foreign policy

A sales force is ill-suited to pursuits such as strategic analysis and diplomacy

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A tawdry deal on jobs will hurt Europe

Whatever questions a chastened EU asks itself, the choice of Mr Juncker is not an answer

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May fails the competence test

The home secretary tends to deny a problem exists, then lays the blame elsewhere and finally tries to fix it

Braveheart nationalism shows its dark side

Even with a No vote in September much needs to be done for England and Scotland’s relationship

What Xi and Putin think about the west

Stable relationships will require understanding and a willingness, when necessary, to be tough

Small is beautiful?

A weak France could be the end of Europe

The vote for Marine Le Pen’s National Front was a powerful warning of the perils of inaction

Asia’s nationalist power game

Modi completes a quartet of combative leaders in the most powerful nations of the region

Europeans shake their fists at the world

The populist trick has been to channel wider discontents into antipathy to the EU

Room at the top

German angst turns Europe back to Yalta

Berlin has to face the sort of choices it has sought to avoid

The mission that is Blair’s dismal last act

The former British prime minister’s arguments have been lost to the lust for personal riches and attention

Obama’s false choice: war-war or jaw-jaw

War – cold or hot – against Russia is not an answer but neither is pointless discussion


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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