Do not blame Merkel for the refugees

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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

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Britain bets the bank on a pivot to China

UK assumes an economic relationship requires submission on everything else

Tale of two Brexit votes from the FT archive

Parallels between Wilson’s challenge in 1975 and Cameron’s task to keep Britain in the EU

Obama gets it right and wrong about Iran

Chance to engage beyond nuclear deal will be lost if US reverts to strategy of coercive containment

EU and Great Britain flag next to each other.

Corbyn win tilts balance towards Brexit

Leftwing leader upturns assumptions of Labour support for Tory government on the EU

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Corbyn for leader? Blame the bankers

The frontrunner is adept at faking sincerity but an air of menace stalks his campaign

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Merkel’s plan shames Cameron’s fear

German chancellor is getting it right while UK PM misreads the national mood

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Corbyn spoils the holiday for Cameron

The fissures in British politics reach well beyond the spectacle of Labour’s leadership race

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The Calais migrants are Europe’s shame

Asylum seekers must be offered legitimate routes to settlement if they are not to cross the Channel

Corbyn and Trump are two of a kind

The plutocrat and the self-styled tribune of the people are both in the business of politics as protest

Answer to Greek question

The 1989 blueprint for the euro emphasised responsibility and solidarity would sit side by side

Three cheers for a flawed Iran deal

Nuclear agreement should be applauded as alternatives were worse

Europe will pay the price for Greece

The rest of the EU should take no pleasure in Tsipras’s discomfort

Greece should vote for the rule of law

There remains a conviction that the future belongs to the EU’s model of shared sovereignty

A third runway at Heathrow will never fly

You need not be a cynic to suspect policy-based evidence-making

Britain would not survive Brexit

It is understood in Berlin that Cameron cannot return from negotiations admitting defeat

Merkel’s big reason to hold on to Greece

People close to the chancellor say she is prepared to see Athens tumble out of the euro

Middle East peace needs UN resolution

Since 1967 the assumption has been that only the US could broker a ceasefire

An offer that Greece should not refuse

It is evident Tsipras cannot deliver. Pain is unavoidable with or without default


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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