World

Vladimir Putin is innocent until proven guilty in the Russian spy case

8 March 2018 9:00 am

The apparent chemical attack on a former Russian double-agent and his daughter in an English cathedral city could be straight…

Scottish nationalism declares ‘shortbread’ unpatriotic

8 March 2018 7:42 am

Robert Welch, founder of the John Birch Society, was a red-baiter of such ferocity he made Joe McCarthy look like…

What if Pyongyang has a biological weapons ‘dead hand’ strategy?

6 March 2018 4:46 pm

Donald Trump isn’t the only one to have prodded North Korea’s baby-faced dictator, Kim Jong-un. President Trump did it with…

Why can’t we see Russia for what it is?

6 March 2018 9:50 am

We live in a strange era when it comes to Russia. On the one hand there are people who seem…

Meet the anti-immigrant federalist who could well be Italy’s next prime minister

6 March 2018 7:00 am

The man who could become Italy’s next prime minister is sat just opposite the entrance to the huge US and…

Expect the Eurozone to go bananas over Italy’s election

4 March 2018 9:00 pm

I’ve been hearing disturbing but well-informed voices about the result of the election in Italy, the Eurozone’s third biggest economy,…

Why Trump’s ‘trade war’ makes strategic sense

2 March 2018 12:00 pm

Has Donald Trump sparked off a trade war? His plans for a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10…

Italians aren’t fascists. They’re angry about immigration

1 March 2018 5:14 pm

 Ravenna Amid relentless propaganda about Italy being in the grip of fascism, Italians go to the polls on Sunday. It…

What is Putin’s endgame in Syria?

1 March 2018 5:00 pm

Familiar, depressing images emerge from Ghouta in Syria: rows of tiny white shrouds, children killed in relentless airstrikes, makeshift hospitals,…

Rolling tanks, plastic flowers and madness on parade: A visit to North Korea

1 March 2018 12:13 pm

As Kim Jong-un might blow up the world next year, if not this, and people are forever trying to work…

The lesson of the Berlin Wall: capitalism works

1 March 2018 12:09 pm

It is now 28 years and three months since the Wall came down. For Europeans and Americans, this is a…

America’s involvement in the Yemen war is unconstitutional — and stupid

1 March 2018 10:53 am

Only very rarely in today’s Washington, D.C. is a cause so strong that it brings together America’s most famous progressive…

Beppe Grillo and the Italian art of digital populism

26 February 2018 7:09 pm

A couple of years back, while writing my book Radicals, I secured an interview with Beppe Grillo, leader of the…

Justin Trudeau’s Captain Snowflake tour of India

26 February 2018 6:58 pm

If your week was less than fun, spare a thought for Justin Trudeau. The Canadian Prime Minister’s seven-day visit to…

Angela Merkel has created Germany’s far-right

22 February 2018 4:57 pm

Bankruptcy, wrote Ernest Hemingway, happens in two ways — ‘gradually and then suddenly’. By now, Angela Merkel will be beginning…

After Zuma: what next for South Africa?

22 February 2018 4:50 pm

In recent years, living in South Africa has been a bit like having cancer. The malaise eating us from within…

The majesty of Vienna

22 February 2018 4:45 pm

Two things always strike me when I visit Vienna. The first is how easterly the city lies. This was more…

Billy Graham by John Betjeman

21 February 2018 4:22 pm

Billy Graham, the American evangelist, has died at the age of 99. Here John Betjeman recounts his experience of attending…

Violent crime in Sweden is soaring. When will politicians act?

21 February 2018 3:40 pm

January was a particularly violent month in Sweden. A 63-year-old man was killed in Stockholm by a hand grenade lying…

What is Marion Le Pen doing in America?

21 February 2018 9:02 am

The news that Marion Maréchal-Le Pen will share a stage this week with US conservatives, addressing the annual Conservative Political…

My trip to Pakistan’s ‘Jihadi Disneyland’

15 February 2018 12:43 pm

Not so long ago, Barack Obama called Waziristan ‘the most dangerous place in the world’. It was the losing front…

Does international aid do more harm than good?

15 February 2018 12:34 pm

What a scandal for our times. Oxfam, that upholder of modern-day virtue, unassailable in its righteousness, buried for seven years…

The conservative case against Catalonia’s separatist narrative

14 February 2018 12:34 pm

Daniel Hannan has written, compellingly and eloquently as usual, about the constitutional crisis taking place in my country, Spain. In…

Boris Titov doesn’t want to be president but he’s still taking on Putin

14 February 2018 12:30 pm

Boris Titov is running to be president of Russia, but he’s eager to talk himself out of the job. ‘I…

China vs America: the espionage story of our time

29 January 2018 1:00 pm

Why aren’t spy stories sexy anymore? The revelations last year that Beijing destroyed America’s espionage ring inside China a few years ago,…