The short telegram about Putin’s Russia

Ingram Pinn illustration

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

Ingram Pinn illustration

Guns are only half an answer for Kiev

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

Ingram Pinn illustration
©Ingram Pinn

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

Ingram Pinn illustration

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

Ingram Pinn illustration
©Ingram Pinn

After Charlie, an opening for Le Pen

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

Ingram Pinn illustration
©Ingram Pinn

White House truths for David Cameron

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

James Ferguson illustration
©James Ferguson

Extremists are united in an unholy alliance

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

Ingram Pinn illustration

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

Gorbachev is wrong about a new cold war

Facts of geopolitics demand that the west continue to do business with Putin

The high price of the Google guarantee

A balance must be struck between individual privacy and the state’s duty to safeguard security

Germany needs a foreign policy

The danger is that Europe’s response to Ukraine is driven by the lowest common denominator

Forces set to overturn Britain’s order

Panic has driven Cameron into a bidding war about the EU and immigrants

The great ‘cold rush’ may bring prosperity – but at what price?

The ice may be melting fast, but Greenland’s Arctic waters remain some of the most hostile and inaccessible anywhere

ABOUT PHILIP

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.

E-mail Philip Stephens

To receive an email alert for Philip Stephens, sign up at the top of any his columns.

SHARE THIS QUOTE