Republicans want a bumper sticker world

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It is easier to say that Obama never gets it right than to come up with an alternative strategy

Why the SNP cannot call the shots

Sturgeon’s party is the biggest winner from the scaremongering

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Five things to know about UK election

‘Hung parliament’ is not on the ballot, but polls suggest stalemate is the nation’s choice

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Lies, damned lies and the British election

Promises mean little when the parties have only the vaguest idea of how things will turn out

John Major 1992 and Harold Wilson 1974.

The neck and neck race for Number 10

Conservatives hope for a repeat of 1992, while Labour looks to its 1974 victory

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Europe faces more than a Greek tragedy

Debt crises have distracted from the structural flaws and political challenges that imperil the euro

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Now unionists want to drive Scotland away

Locking the SNP out of government at Westminster would only fuel nationalism

Doubts that threaten a deal with Iran

The west’s only real option is to press ahead with negotiations

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The prince plots to steal Cameron’s crown

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

Cameron takes a holiday from the world

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

Why the business of risk is booming

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

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

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

Guns are only half an answer for Kiev

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

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


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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