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    1. July 28, 2016

      May is right about reforming capitalism

      From time to time politicians mean what they say. This seems to be the case with Theresa May, Britain’s new prime...

    2. July 21, 2016

      Foreign diplomats escape serious charges in UK

      Foreign diplomats in Britain have been accused of committing serious crimes including possession of child pornography...

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    1. July 19, 2016

      Boris Johnson accused of lying and insulting Barack Obama

      Boris Johnson’s past as a colourful newspaper columnist caught up with him on Tuesday, as US journalists accused him at...

    2. FT Photo Diary

      July 15, 2016

      First day at the Foreign office

      Boris Johnson, U.K. foreign secretary, left, gestures whilst carrying his ministerial red box as he arrives at the...

    3. Fast FT

      July 15, 2016

      Foreign Office updates guidance for Britons in Nice

      The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued updated its guidelines for British citizens in France following the...

    4. July 14, 2016

      Boris Johnson appointment divides opinion overseas

      Boris Johnson promised to reshape Britain as a “great global player” as he entered the Foreign Office, but some...

    5. July 14, 2016

      Boris Johnson: Just don’t say that when we get off the flight

      Theresa May, Britain’s new prime minister, has made Boris Johnson her foreign secretary — although some key...

    6. July 8, 2016

      UK confirms new EU commissioner

      Sir Julian King, the UK’s ambassador to France, has been nominated as the UK’s new EU commissioner to replace Jonathan...

    7. July 7, 2016

      Chilcot report lists British humiliations in Iraq

      When Sir Hilary Synnott took charge of southern Iraq in June 2003, the Foreign Office instructed him to send back “at...

    8. July 5, 2016

      UK eyes Brussels insider Sir Julian King for commission role

      Britain is poised to nominate Sir Julian King, an experienced diplomat and old-hand in Brussels, as its next European...

    9. June 29, 2016

      Whitehall Brexit unit takes shape

      Olly Robbins, a civil service high flyer responsible for policy on immigration and free movement at the Home Office,...

    10. Fast FT

      June 29, 2016

      Olly Robbins to head Whitehall Brexit unit

      Olly Robbins, a civil service high flyer responsible for policy on immigration and free movement at the Home Office, is...

    11. June 28, 2016

      Cameron urges EU partners to heed lessons of Brexit vote

      David Cameron will urge European leaders on Tuesday to learn the lessons of Britain’s vote to leave the EU as he makes...

    12. June 12, 2016

      Pooled sovereignty has advanced national goals

      “In the modern world it is worth distinguishing between the substance and symbols of sovereignty. The substance is the...

    13. June 8, 2016

      Britain found a role but is in danger of losing it again

      The Foreign Office I joined, 50 years ago, deserved Dean Acheson’s jibe: we were losing our empire, with the failed...

    14. The World

      June 1, 2016

      Rise of the cat leaders

      Politicians all over the world are struggling to cope with the new world of social media. Donald Trump has proved...

    15. May 31, 2016

      How a Eurosceptic Treasury became Remain’s anti-Brexit champion

      Ask almost any Whitehall official which government department is the most Eurosceptic and they would say it was the...

    16. May 18, 2016

      How to achieve language skills for a local television grilling

      British diplomats need to improve their foreign language skills so they can withstand a “Paxman-like” television or...

    17. May 13, 2016

      The Foreign Office must find a new role to stop brain drain

      Of all the reports which the Foreign and Commonwealth Office prepares on the world’s problems, the one on its own...

    18. May 9, 2016

      UK diplomacy must maintain an edge in the face of competition

      It is hard to think of any Whitehall department that spends as much time considering how it runs itself as the Foreign...

    19. May 9, 2016

      The Foreign Office of the future: more like ‘24’?

      British diplomacy is set for a significant overhaul to make it “more like 24 or Spooks and less like The Good Life”,...

    20. April 24, 2016

      Obama warns of decade-long wait for post-Brexit trade deals

      The UK could have to wait up to a decade to negotiate new trade deals with the US if it leaves the EU, Barack Obama...

    21. April 10, 2016

      Sun, sea and safety: Britons rediscover Spain and Portugal

      Britons in search of sea and sand are rediscovering the traditional western Mediterranean holiday, with bookings to...

    22. March 29, 2016

      Home Office seizes overseas counterterror role

      The Home Office is to take control of the UK’s diplomatic counter-terrorism and liaison work abroad in one of the...

    23. March 21, 2016

      Osborne ‘in hiding’ as Tory MPs attack

      George Osborne might be presiding over the fastest growing economy in the G7, with inflation close to zero and near...

    24. February 16, 2016

      Prince William dragged into Brexit fray

      Prince William has become the latest member of the royal family to be dragged into the Brexit debate, raising again the...

    25. January 14, 2016

      Boris Johnson’s Iraq visit a diplomatic headache, emails reveal

      His gun-toting visit to Iraq last year drew comparisons — from some — to Winston Churchill. But newly published...

    26. David Allen Green

      January 13, 2016

      Home Office, Saudi Arabia and the need for a 'safe space'

      Last October, I revealed the existence of a Memorandum of Understanding between the UK’s Home Office and its...

    27. January 3, 2016

      Isis video claims killing of ‘UK spies’

      Isis militants have released a video purporting to show the killing of five men they claim were spying for Britain,...

    28. December 17, 2015

      British Council fined for breaking pay rules

      The British Council has been fined £500,000 for breaking government pay rules when setting salaries for its new chief...

    29. December 16, 2015

      UK protests to China over heavy police tactics at trial

      Britain has taken the rare step of rebuking the Chinese authorities after UK officials and journalists were manhandled...

    30. December 1, 2015

      UK spy agency GCHQ admits it carries out computer hacking

      GCHQ, the UK electronic spy agency, has admitted for the first time in court that it engages in computer hacking. The...

    31. November 17, 2015

      Osborne’s UK cuts package squeezes a further £4bn

      More than half of all government departments have reached agreement with George Osborne on £4bn-worth of spending cuts...

    32. November 5, 2015

      UK and Russia at odds over causes of Sharm el-Sheikh plane crash

      The UK and Russia found themselves at loggerheads over the causes of the Sinai passenger jet crash, after Moscow...

    33. November 2, 2015

      ‘The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq’, by Emma Sky

      So many hearts have been broken over Iraq. The ill-conceived US-led invasion of 2003 — wrongly pitched as a quick and...

    34. November 2, 2015

      UK Foreign Office ministers warn over cuts

      Foreign Office ministers have warned George Osborne that large cuts to their budget at the Spending Review would force...

    35. October 23, 2015

      MPs hit out at Foreign Office over downgrading of human rights

      MPs have lambasted the senior mandarin at the Foreign Office after he declared that human rights was “not one of the...

    36. October 23, 2015

      Light shed on panic over Cambridge spies

      Yes, he had met the Soviet spy Guy Burgess (below) at university, Kim Philby declared in a statement sent to the head...

    37. October 19, 2015

      Ministers feel pinch as Osborne deadline spurs tough cuts talks

      George Osborne’s spending review is reaching what football managers would call “the business end”. Between now and...

    38. October 12, 2015

      Police stood down from watching Julian Assange

      Police officers lying in wait outside the Ecuadorian embassy for Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder and diplomatic...

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