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  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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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,...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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,...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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....

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. September 6, 2008

    Star wars

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

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. June 29, 2007

    The fresh faces of cabinet

    Gordon Brown will today appoint Sir Digby Jones, the former CBI chief, as Britain's minister of trade and investment,...

  38. June 28, 2007

    Brown announces new UK cabinet

    Gordon Brown will on Friday appoint Sir Digby Jones, the former CBI chief, as Britain’s minister of trade and investment,...

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