The prince plots to steal Cameron’s crown

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

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Confounded by China’s rise

British opportunism met with US fumbling

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Cameron takes a holiday from the world

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

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Why the business of risk is booming

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

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Netanyahu’s answer is war against Iran

A statesman would have made his country a partner in the talks, not an angry voice on the side

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The short telegram about Putin’s Russia

At times it has seemed patience is a substitute for strategy

We are all victims now

Politicians, bankers and corporate bosses have joined the swelling ranks of the oppressed

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Guns are only half an answer for Kiev

Modern weaponry will not overturn the facts: Ukraine alone cannot defeat the Russian army

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Ukraine is only part of Putin’s game plan

A collapsing oil price and the impact of sanctions have made him more dangerous

Britain bids adieu to stable politics

Strong Labour or Conservative government is being replaced by European-style coalitions

The stand-off that may sink the euro

Sensible policy makers should see Syriza’s election success as a wake-up call not a nightmare

After Charlie, an opening for Le Pen

The softening of its image scarcely conceals the essential character of the National Front

White House truths for David Cameron

Fear of more defence cuts and possible Brexit weaken the UK’s privileged access to Oval Office

Extremists are united in an unholy alliance

In the clash of identity politics, neither side has time for ideas, for debate or diversity

Forces reshaping world in two words

The splintering of the old order is at its most stark, and brutal, in the Middle East

London should break free from England

The M25 orbital motorway would be a ready-made border

Angry electorate makes politicians fearful

The mainstream UK parties are on the run — left, right and centre

The year of the political strongman

They are busy retelling history as a way of rekindling past glories and reviving old grievances

The halfhearted threat to the US superpower

Obama shows no inclination to rethink his foreign policy

India’s Modi joins great power game

PM has disappointed at home but been energetic and assertive internationally


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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