How to be an older colleague

‘Today’s junior employee is tomorrow’s senior, whereas today’s senior is tomorrow’s old reject’

Log out, switch off, join in

‘For many young people, life now happens on phones. Everything else is backdrop’

The 1 per cent? Not for my kids

‘The true luxury isn’t money; it’s not having to think about money’

A refugee’s dreams and nightmares

‘All he wanted from Britain was a chance to work his backside off for a life that wasn’t horrible’

Why we should welcome migrants

‘Norway found oil under the seabed but it would have been better off if it had discovered 50,000 nurses there instead’

The age of innocence

‘I thought Blair was, in his words, “a pretty straight kind of guy”. Lest this sound insane, most Britons in 2001 thought so too’

Costa Rica’s good life

‘This humid little Central American country devotes valuable real estate to making people happier’

Green lessons from gay marriage

‘Don’t be liberal. There’s nothing inherently leftie about keeping the earth habitable’

Miami advice for Republicans

‘If Republicans want to win in modern America, they ought to visit its sexiest and most immigrant city’

Our deadliest problem? Not terrorism

‘Terrorists killed nearly 18,000 people in 2013 — 1.5 per cent of those killed by traffic’

How ‘vision’ messed up Europe

‘Today the European project consists of trying to digest the euro’

Why safety now trumps freedom

‘Western governments plead security to spy on citizens, and most citizens accept it. They have learnt to love Big Brother’

Why we need German thinking

‘Because Germans are seldom heard outside Germany, the German take on events often gets simplified and parodied’

How Paris can achieve perfection

‘For Parisian drivers, the pavement is a motorbike lane. A pedestrian crossing is a parking space’

France’s forgotten white working class

A study of the French white working class reveals an ignored community in flux

The inventor of modern football

‘Cruyff built the cathedral,’ Guardiola said. ‘Our job is to maintain and renovate it’

The future belongs to cities of the west

These are places where today’s 0.1 per cent, the most mobile class in history, might want to live

Endangered: the middle-aged man

‘Besieged by rising robots and women, no wonder many of us end up fighting the zeitgeist’

Fifa president Blatter plays a long game

Head of football’s world governing body faces his biggest threat but may well survive

Why Sepp Blatter is a genius

Fifa boss understood very early that there’s a new world order in which westerners don’t matter much


Simon KuperSimon Kuper joined the Financial Times in 1994. He wrote the daily currencies column, before leaving the FT in 1998. He returned in 2002 as a sports columnist and has been there ever since. Nowadays he writes a general column for the Weekend FT on all manner of topics from politics to books, and on cities including London, Paris, Johannesburg and Miami.

Simon was born in Uganda and grew up in London, the Netherlands, the US, Sweden and Jamaica. He studied at Oxford, Harvard and the Technische Universität of West Berlin. He now lives with his family in Paris. His first book, Football Against the Enemy (1994), set him on a path of writing about the world with an anthropologist’s eye.


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