Now China starts to make the rules

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Xi’s project is about expanding and securing maritime routes to the Middle East and Europe

How politics will seal the fate of Greece

Can Europe really allow Athens to fall into the arms of Moscow?

The mistake that could trigger Brexit

If Britain is to vote for staying in the EU, the argument must turn to the merits of engagement

An ever more fragile union

This election may go down as a collision of resurgent Scottish, and resentful English, nationalism

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Broken parties that may break Britain

The surge in SNP support has not overturned the outcome of September’s referendum

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From Magna Carta to muddle

The UK has much to boast about — if it can modernise its politics

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US and China’s frosty future

Washington is giving up on Beijing becoming a stakeholder in the present global order

SALFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 2: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO MERCHANDISING. NO ARCHIVE AFTER MAY 02, 2015) In this handout provided by ITV, (L-R): Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, UKIP leader Nigel Farage, Labour leader Ed Miliband, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon and British Prime Minister and Conservative leader David Cameron take part in the ITV Leaders' Debate 2015 at MediaCityUK studios on April 2, 2015 in Salford, England. Tonight sees a televised leaders election debate between the seven political party leaders. The debate will be the only time that David Cameron and Ed Miliband will face each other before polling day on May 7th. (Photo by Ken McKay/ITV via Getty Images)
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Britain should celebrate an election stalemate

Whatever happens, the old political order is unravelling

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Republicans want a bumper sticker world

It is easier to say that Obama never gets it right than to come up with an alternative strategy

Why the SNP cannot call the shots

Sturgeon’s party is the biggest winner from the scaremongering

Five things to know about UK election

‘Hung parliament’ is not on the ballot, but polls suggest stalemate is the nation’s choice

Lies, damned lies and the British election

Promises mean little when the parties have only the vaguest idea of how things will turn out

The neck and neck race for Number 10

Conservatives hope for a repeat of 1992, while Labour looks to its 1974 victory

Europe faces more than a Greek tragedy

Debt crises have distracted from the structural flaws and political challenges that imperil the euro

Now unionists want to drive Scotland away

Locking the SNP out of government at Westminster would only fuel nationalism

Doubts that threaten a deal with Iran

The west’s only real option is to press ahead with negotiations

The prince plots to steal Cameron’s crown

Those who think the Tories would not move against a sitting prime minister forget Thatcher’s fall

Confounded by China’s rise

British opportunism met with US fumbling

Cameron takes a holiday from the world

A nation that aspires to be a global hub cannot be indifferent to international disorder

Why the business of risk is booming

The US is unlikely to possess the capacity to shape 21st-century geopolitical order


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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