After Charlie, an opening for Le Pen

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

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White House truths for David Cameron

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

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Extremists are united in an unholy alliance

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

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Forces reshaping world in two words

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

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London should break free from England

The M25 orbital motorway would be a ready-made border

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Angry electorate makes politicians fearful

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

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The year of the political strongman

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

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The halfhearted threat to the US superpower

Obama shows no inclination to rethink his foreign policy

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India’s Modi joins great power game

PM has disappointed at home but been energetic and assertive internationally

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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

Israel is losing its friends in the world

Europeans view settlement expansion as a tactic to destroy hopes for a two-state agreement

Obama’s options in Syria are deteriorating

The world’s most powerful leader has a blind spot about the exercise of power

The fatal flaw in the fight against Isis

Preventing the collapse of Iraq was one thing. Waging an open-ended war is quite another

England risks losing the war for Scotland

Disenfranchising Scottish MPs in the Commons amounts to English secession

Now is the time to refurbish the British state

The danger is that politicians in Westminster return to business as usual ahead of next year’s election

Scotland vote exposes established order

If elites fail to provide more accountable government, politics of exclusion will sweep them aside


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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