Putin still has friends in the west

Clarity of the counter-message by US and Europe is clouded by differences among governments

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Salmond has UK on the road to break-up

Britain’s most skilled retail politician is adept at snatching victory from the jaws of defeat

Orban cocks a snook at European values

The EU cannot continue to look the other way as a member undermines its democratic standards

Notes from a small island

How Britain misunderstood the European project. A review of ‘The Europe Dilemma’

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The best of times is making way for the worst

Globalisation’s great prosperity sits beside the risks that accompany the passing of an old order

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Russia’s test for America’s odd couple

Ukraine presents both danger and opportunity to the analyst Obama and the activist Kerry

Bank that got away with it

Mark Carney’s radical shake-up is an uncomfortable reminder failure is sometimes richly rewarded

Crimea proves contradictions of ‘self-rule’

Secession cannot be used to stage territorial grabs, and the process must respect local constitutions

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The answer to Putin is support for Ukraine

It is time for Europeans and Americans to open their wallets to the new government in Kiev

Miliband closes route to Britain’s EU exit

Labour leader removes ‘referendum risk’ that hung over the prospect of his party’s election victory

Visa bans will not deter Putin

In its own mind Moscow can break any rule it likes and then deny the fact of the transgression

Russia’s invasion marks Putin’s failure

Vanity has always trumped strategic logic in president’s foreign policy

Merkel will not bend EU rules for Britain

The union will always be a club that the UK does not lead

Europe needs to stop hiding under the covers

The continent must wake up to the costs of illegal migration, jihadi terrorism and global crime

How to find the needle in Snowden’s haystack

Revelations yet to cast spooks as threat to our freedom

Yellen, tapering and a moribund G20

Interdependence cannot be wished away; rising world turbulence may yet exact a toll on the US

English make case for Britain’s break-up

Where is the admission that England has something to lose from Scotland’s departure?

India is still in the great Asian race

The chaos of democracy blunts the impulses that once held the threat of break-up

Britain and France are in the same boat

Cross-Channel rivalry cannot hide the reality that any ideas about superiority are misplaced


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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