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  1. Business Blog

    August 13, 2014

    Spending time with the family

    Max Schireson says no one ever asked him how he balanced work and parenthood Last week, Max Schireson announced his decision...

  2. August 12, 2014

    George Osborne plays increasing role in UK foreign policy

    William Hague’s exit from the UK Foreign Office has opened the way for George Osborne to play a greater role in setting...

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  1. Westminster Blog

    August 12, 2014

    Can a minister afford to rent in London?

    Mark Simmonds, the Foreign Office minister, is resigning because he says the new Westminster expenses regime precludes him...

  2. August 11, 2014

    UK sends reconnaissance jets to Iraq but resists bigger role

    Britain is sending Tornado fighter jets to northern Iraq for possible use in surveillance operations over Mount Sinjar, part...

  3. August 2, 2014

    Britain to pull embassy staff out of Libya

    TRIPOLI, Aug 2 – Britain will close its embassy in Tripoli from August 4, evacuating diplomatic staff to Tunisia, after...

  4. July 31, 2014

    European history lesson gives Cameron a headache

    Britain’s attempt to renegotiate its ties with the European Economic Community ahead of the 1975 referendum created...

  5. July 23, 2014

    Cameron hints at risk to exporters from Scottish independence

    David Cameron has suggested that exporters based in an independent Scotland would suffer as a result of losing access to the...

  6. July 17, 2014

    Britain slams the door on Hong Kong’s freedoms

    Anson Chan and Martin Lee have been in London. Veteran champions of freedom and the rule of law in Hong Kong, they were...

  7. July 16, 2014

    Cameron faces reproach and scorn over Gove’s demotion

    David Cameron faces growing recriminations over his cabinet shake-up, indicating that the reshuffle could store up trouble...

  8. July 15, 2014

    UK aims for top EU economy portfolio

    David Cameron will on Wednesday attempt to seize control of one of Europe’s top economic portfolios after his most sweeping...

  9. July 15, 2014

    Cameron gives his government a eurosceptic edge

    David Cameron has given his government a eurosceptic edge with the appointment as foreign secretary of Philip Hammond, a...

  10. The World

    July 15, 2014

    Hague, Hammond, human rights and Europe

    By an accident of timing, William Hague’s departure from the Foreign Office has come on the same day as the confirmation, by...

  11. July 15, 2014

    Cabinet reshuffle: Hammond’s rise puts focus on EU debate

    Philip Hammond’s promotion means the UK now has a foreign secretary who has said he favours leaving the EU unless it agrees...

  12. July 14, 2014

    William Hague steps down as foreign secretary

    William Hague has stepped down as foreign secretary, paving the way for a far-reaching cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday as David...

  13. July 6, 2014

    Foreign office brings in £5bn for Britain

    Diplomats generated more than £5bn in business for British companies in the first quarter, according to the Foreign Office’s...

  14. June 26, 2014

    Cast adrift – island Britain needs a foreign policy

    Britain is an island that has lost its moorings. What it needs is a foreign policy. Not another vainglorious attempt to...

  15. June 26, 2014

    MI6 chief Sir John Sawers to retire

    Sir John Sawers, the head of MI6, the British foreign intelligence agency, is to step down from his post in November at the...

  16. June 16, 2014

    William Hague announces closer ties with Iran

    William Hague said on Tuesday that circumstances were “right” to reopen Britain’s embassy in Iran. He told parliament in a...

  17. June 11, 2014

    Junckernaut caught up in a London snarl

    There are more obvious ways of soothing a pan-continental eruption of euroscepticism than handing the keys to the European...

  18. May 22, 2014

    Moscow condemns Prince Charles’ comparison of Putin with Hitler

    Moscow has hit back at remarks by Prince Charles comparing Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler, calling them “unacceptable,...

  19. FT Photo Diary

    May 15, 2014

    Fur flies at Foreign Office

    Toby Melville/Reuters British minister Hugh Robertson shoos away Freya, the cat of Britain’s chancellor George Osborne, as...

  20. April 15, 2014

    Diplomat Robert Hannigan appointed as GCHQ chief

    Senior diplomat Robert Hannigan has been revealed as the new director of the Government Communications Headquarters, or...

  21. April 10, 2014

    Sanctions proposals threaten London’s role as global legal hub

    London’s status as the destination of choice for global businesses trying to settle legal disputes is jeopardised by plans...

  22. April 3, 2014

    Cameron and the Muslim Brothers

    Since the September 11 attacks on the US in 2001, Britain, like other western governments, has from time to time banned...

  23. March 27, 2014

    Brittan on Britain

    I. Forced Normality My earliest semi-adult memories go back to the long, drawn-out struggle to persuade Sir Winston...

  24. March 18, 2014

    Sri Lanka arrests raise fears of authoritarian crackdown

    The arrest of two prominent political activists on terrorism charges has raised concern about creeping authoritarianism in...

  25. March 3, 2014

    Ukraine crisis: Downing St denies putting City ahead of Kiev

    Downing Street on Monday night denied it was putting the City’s interests ahead of attempts to defuse the Ukraine crisis...

  26. January 29, 2014

    Sir Iain Lobban of UK intelligence agency GCHQ steps down

    Sir Iain Lobban is to step down from his role as head of GCHQ, the British intelligence agency at the centre of the Edward...

  27. January 2, 2014

    Archives 1984: Thatcher refused to call for Mandela release

    Margaret Thatcher refused to call publicly for Nelson Mandela’s release from prison during her first official meeting with...

  28. December 13, 2013

    Ransom payments fuel terrorism, says UK Foreign Office

    The Foreign Office has warned that ransom payments to kidnappers around the world are on the increase and that the trend is...

  29. December 10, 2013

    Political tussle over sale of former UK embassy in Jakarta

    The British government is facing a $40m tussle with the governor of Jakarta over plans to sell the site of the former UK...

  30. November 18, 2013

    Twitter expands ‘alerts’ service to UK

    Twitter has signed up the UK’s police forces and government agencies to its new “alerts” service, as the $24bn microblogging...

  31. November 15, 2013

    Spain did not break the law on Gibraltar checks, says Brussels

    Spain did not break European law by imposing stringent checks on cross-border traffic with Gibraltar, according to a...

  32. November 7, 2013

    Tory audit turns into eurosceptic nightmare

    When foreign secretary William Hague announced a sweeping audit of Britain’s relations with the EU in 2012, it stirred hopes...

  33. November 7, 2013

    May battles with Foreign Office over impact of European migrants

    Theresa May and the Foreign Office are locked in a battle over the benefits of European immigration to Britain, as the home...

  34. September 3, 2013

    Gibraltar spat ‘risks UK-Spain relations’

    Britain’s relationship with Spain risks being badly soured as a result of the ongoing spat over Gibraltar, a Foreign Office...

  35. August 9, 2013

    Gibraltar serves as reminder of headaches of empire

    To many Europeans, this week’s tensions between the UK and Spain over Gibraltar must have been baffling – an argument over...

  36. August 6, 2013

    Protest made to Madrid as Gibraltar tensions simmer

    Britain has made a formal complaint to the Spanish government, protesting at its recent actions over Gibraltar. Giles...

  37. July 21, 2013

    Foreign Office invites UK companies to play terror ‘war-games’

    British companies have been invited into the Foreign Office to stage “war-games” in which executives and Whitehall mandarins...

  38. June 26, 2013

    Osborne plans welfare payments cap

    George Osborne, UK chancellor, has set out plans to extend his austerity programme into the next parliament, introducing a...

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