May is right about reforming capitalism

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Officials say it is more like a change of government than just a new PM, says Philip Stephens

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Global disorder: from Trump to China

The belligerence of domestic politics is spilling on to the world stage

Five tips for the incoming UK chancellor

He must resist Treasury fundamentalism with tough but intelligent action on finances

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May (and Merkel) should play Brexit long

Unravelling four decades of political and economic integration will be complex and costly

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Chilcot exposes the ruinous road to war

This is a withering critique of the righteous certainty that led to conflict in Iraq

Britain is imitating Greece

Our two-party system has been under strain for some time. Now it is splintering

Can Britain wriggle out of Brexit?

Leaving the EU is harder than anyone thought, but so is defying the will of the people

Tearing down the political temple

Britain will be poorer at home and diminished internationally. It marks a retreat from the world

Vote leave supporters listen as Boris Johnson addressed a crowd in Norwich today.
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Brexit will change everything

Vote against the EU could turn out to be a vote against the United Kingdom

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Perils of a populist paean to ignorance

Social media has muddied the line between prejudice and facts

The dubious lure of taking on the elite

The dirty little secret of EU membership is that it has been an economic success story

The Outers’ ugly campaign to vilify Turks

Those in favour of leaving the EU judge that rational argument is best met with mendacity

Brexit would tear Britain apart

If England left, it would make sense for Scots to swap one union for another, writes Philip Stephens

A Brexit myth of Brussels (mis)rule

Good or bad, imaginative or dull, the important decisions have been taken at home

Brexiters have bet the bank on anger

The goal was always to harness the myriad grievances of voters to revolt against Brussels

Asia risks repeating Europe’s errors

The handling by China and the US of North Korea is an important test and opportunity

Trump would tear up the Pax Americana

He is proposing to dismantle the global architecture established by the US after the war

Millennials would bear the cost of Brexit

The paradox is that those most likely to be affected are the least likely to vote on June 23

Brexit may break Britain’s Tory party

The Leave campaign has opted for invective over rational argument

Why Brexit crowd wants to silence Obama

The notion that there is a choice to be made between the Channel and the Atlantic is flawed


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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