How not to deal with a humbled Putin

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

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Paris attacks must shake complacency

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

Chancellor George Osborne

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

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The fatal flaw in the case for Brexit

Britain would struggle to advance national interests in splendid isolation

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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

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If Merkel falls, Europe will unravel

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

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China spurs Modi’s pivot to Washington

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

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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

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

Corbyn win tilts balance towards Brexit

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

Corbyn for leader? Blame the bankers

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

Merkel’s plan shames Cameron’s fear

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

Corbyn spoils the holiday for Cameron

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

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


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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