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    1. Off Message

      December 3, 2014

      The cuts to come

      In the excitement of the 650 people shouting about probably inaccurate economic forecasts that passes for a major state...

    2. FT Alphaville

      December 3, 2014

      Saying goodbye to the UK War Loan

      From HMT: The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne is today (Wednesday 3 December) announcing that the government...

    1. The World

      March 27, 2014

      Putin pow-wow proves PR headache for Siemens boss

      Imagine you are the boss of a multinational company with a long-planned meeting with an authoritarian leader of a vital...

    2. February 7, 2014

      Reflections on another civil war

      On May 23 1937 a ship docked at Southampton with an unusual cargo. The steamer Habana had been designed to transport 800...

    3. Westminster Blog

      September 11, 2013

      Does Syria latest vindicate Cameron or Miliband?

      Labour and the Tories are both already taking some credit for the fast-evolving situation at the United Nations, where...

    4. June 26, 2013

      Spending review: Weary Brummies resigned to austerity

      In the Labour-held marginal of Birmingham Edgbaston, a middle class suburb noted for its restaurants and fee-paying schools,...

    5. August 3, 2012

      Bailout talk prompts Italian worries

      The prospect that prime minister Mario Monti might have to apply for activation of the eurozone bailout funds to shore up...

    6. July 17, 2012

      Prepare for an even bigger U-turn from Ms Merkel

      In agreeing to help bail out Spanish banks and enter into a virtual banking union, albeit with strings attached, Angela...

    7. The World

      April 8, 2012

      Some Easter reading on world affairs

      I am currently in Washington, DC. I packed two books to read on the flight over: “Russia, China and Global Governance” by...

    8. November 14, 2011

      Fiscal stimulus is not our only option

      The lessons of the 1930s are not well understood but are important. Britain enjoyed a strong recovery from the depression,...

    9. November 6, 2011

      Three Days in May, Trafalgar Studios, London

      Five ageing men in suits sit round a table and talk. That, in essence, is the action in Ben Brown’s new play. It’s so...

    10. August 12, 2011

      England cricket peaks while India withers

      Barring an improbable degree of hell or high water then, before the weekend is out, England will officially become the...

    11. May 27, 2010

      Tweets in history

      The talks to avert a British Airways cabin crew strike broke down at the weekend amid recriminations over one of the union...

    12. March 25, 2010

      Changing times at London’s best address

      Location, location, location: Eaton Square’s address near London’s famous King’s Road is historically strategic A Russian...

    13. January 12, 2010

      Goodbye to the era of frozen toilets

      Cold? At risk of sounding like one of Monty Python 's four Yorkshiremen, today's generation can scarcely imagine the...

    14. September 4, 2009

      Tory ringtones

      On the Conservative party website you can download free mobile ringtones of Margaret Thatcher saying "The lady's not for...

    15. August 29, 2009

      Second world war was just not cricket for the British

      Many people remember exactly where they were when war was declared. At 11am on September 3 1939, Peter Croker told me: "I...

    16. August 28, 2009

      Second world war was just not cricket for the British

      Many people remember exactly where they were when war was declared. At 11am on September 3 1939, Peter Croker told me: “I...

    17. August 12, 2009

      Hair raising

      The reputation of the moustache was already under strain after the fall from grace of Sir Allen Stanford, the Texan tycoon....

    18. July 30, 2009

      In praise of the well-covered leader

      Nicolas Sarkozy’s collapse while out jogging has been attributed to his strict weight-loss regime and vigorous fitness...

    19. May 23, 2009

      Competition answers

      In last week’s magazine we asked readers to identify 100 leaders, past and present, pictured on the cover. No one got a...

    20. March 30, 2009

      Solo

      Solo By Rana Dasgupta Fourth Estate £14.99, 357 pages Rana Dasgupta is described by his publicists as a “British-Indian...

    21. March 28, 2009

      Eastern blockage

      Rana Dasgupta is described by his publicists as a "British-Indian novelist". He was born in Canterbury, studied at Oxford...

    22. March 4, 2009

      Common goals for China and the US

      The biggest challenge the world confronts is coping with the rise of China. Relatively stable world orders do not easily...

    23. December 6, 2008

      Need for small business bank

      A north of England small business bank should be created to ensure that government money intended to stimulate bank lending...

    24. December 5, 2008

      Birmingham business hopes Bob the banker can fix it

      Birmingham city council, the UK's largest local authority, is planning to create a bank to lend up to £200m to small...

    25. December 5, 2008

      Birmingham council plans municipal bank

      Birmingham city council, the UK’s largest local authority, is planning to create a bank to lend up to £200m ($294m) to small...

    26. September 27, 2008

      What Price Peace?

      Conventional wisdom holds that battles are bad for bourses. As a general rule, wars spook investors and spark stock-market...

    27. September 26, 2008

      What price peace?

      Conventional wisdom holds that battles are bad for bourses. As a general rule, wars spook investors and spark stock market...

    28. September 22, 2008

      Critics lie low as loyalists predict backlash

      Gordon Brown appeared at the weekend to have bought himself some time as his market interventions were welcomed by activists...

    29. September 17, 2008

      Minister joins push for vote on leadership

      The revolt against Gordon Brown by his own MPs gathered momentum yesterday as a minister of state for the first time joined...

    30. September 6, 2008

      Star wars

      Andrew Roberts is a Stakhanovite historian, rivalled only by Sir Martin Gilbert, Churchill's official biographer. Most...

    31. July 22, 2008

      Russian aggression towards Georgia fits the pattern of Germany's prewar tactics

      From Prof Richard Pipes. Sir, Peter J. Rooney (Letters, July 17) urges us to abandon the "insignificant statelet" of "tiny...

    32. June 19, 2008

      FedEx-growth

      Calling all scientists: oil's properties appear to change when it is subjected to high prices. Instead of greasing the...

    33. September 28, 2007

      Time, yes, but the peace was lost already

      From Mr William Galle. Sir, Gideon Rachman made some compelling and factual observations about the “The wrong lessons from...

    34. September 27, 2007

      Wanted: examples of when appeasement worked

      From Mr Andrew Campbell. Sir, In Gideon Rachman's excellent defence of Neville Chamberlain's appeasement strategy ("The...

    35. September 27, 2007

      Wanted: examples of when appeasement worked

      From Mr Andrew Campbell. Sir, In Gideon Rachman's excellent defence of Neville Chamberlain's appeasement strategy ("The...

    36. September 25, 2007

      The wrong lessons from Munich

      Earlier this year I got an e-mail from a reader accusing me of combining the "worst qualities" of Adolf Hitler and Neville...

    37. The World

      September 25, 2007

      Column: The wrong lessons of the 1938 Munich summit

      Earlier this year I got an e-mail from a reader accusing me of combining the “worst qualities” of Adolf Hitler and Neville...

    38. September 24, 2007

      The wrong lessons from Munich

      Earlier this year I got an e-mail from a reader accusing me of combining the “worst qualities” of Adolf Hitler and Neville...

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