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Tusk as European Council President is a mixed blessing for Cameron

30 August 2014 21:07

Donald Tusk, the Polish Prime Minister, has been appointed the new European Council President. Tonight, Tusk has had warm words about how imperative it is that Britain’s concerns about the… Continue reading

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Ukraine ‘destroys’ Russian military vehicles

15 August 2014 16:59

Ukrainian military have destroyed a ‘significant’ part of a Russian military column that crossed into the country on Thursday night, the country’s president has claimed. A Ukrainian military spokesman told… Continue reading

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Scottish Labour politician James Keir Hardie addresses a peace meeting in Trafalgar Square in 1914 (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)

The Spectator at war: How to talk to a pacifist

9 August 2014 8:00

‘Keep your temper’, from The Spectator, 8 August 1914: ‘When a nation goes to war the policy of the Government nearly always fails to carry with it the convictions of… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: A lesson from history

7 August 2014 15:00

A letter to the editor from the 8 August 1914 Spectator, from Evelyn Baring, 1st Earl of Cromer: ‘Sir, – A septuagenarian may perhaps profitably remind his countrymen of events… Continue reading

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There are no lessons from the first world war

4 August 2014 20:23

I’ve just been in France, where the shadow of the First World War always seems to be darker and longer than that cast over Britain; it is partly that, aesthetically,… Continue reading

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The Apollo Podcast July/August: The Imperial War Museum Reopens

4 August 2014 17:24

The Apollo magazine podcast, produced in association with The Spectator’s Culture House, takes a monthly look at international art and museum news. In the July/August edition, Thomas Marks is joined by Diane… Continue reading

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The Tories must commit to more defence spending in the next parliament

1 August 2014 12:32

Nato is 65 years old this year; but there’s little cause for celebration. The Defence Select Committee’s latest report suggests that the populations of western Europe and North America are… Continue reading

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These latest sanctions against Putin might just work

31 July 2014 12:05

‘Sanctions,’ said Kofi Annan, ‘are a necessary middle ground between war and words.’ Neither the EU nor the US will deploy troops or missiles to defend Ukraine against Russian-backed separatists,… Continue reading

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The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

Is NATO a busted flush?

31 July 2014 9:22

Rory Stewart is no soft-touch. When he was elected chairman of the Defence Select Committee, it was thought that he would hold the government and NATO’s feet to the fire.… Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

No EU agreement on ‘Tier 3’ sanctions against Russia

24 July 2014 18:52

Sir Malcolm Rifkind was right: there was no agreement in Europe on serious against Russia. The FT’s Peter Spiegel tweets the news that many have been expecting: The #EU ambassadors meeting finally… Continue reading

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Sanctions won’t tame Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Talking might

24 July 2014 10:17

This article first appeared in the print edition of The Spectator magazine, dated 26 July 2014 The civilised world felt as if its heart had been touched by an icicle. Photographs… Continue reading

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What are the chances of Europe agreeing substantial sanctions against Russia tomorrow?

23 July 2014 18:17

‘Somewhere between zero and minus five.’ That is the verdict of former Foreign Secretary and current Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, to the question in the… Continue reading

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The South of France is the playground of Russian oligarchs - oodles of cash, lurid boats and a lack of taste. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/GettyImages)

It’s a bit rich for France to castigate Britain for sheltering oligarchs

23 July 2014 17:52

There’s a big to-do between France and Britain at the moment, with France accusing Britain of protecting oligarchs’ money in London. President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party said that before lecturing… Continue reading

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Until the West confronts Putin, planes will keep falling out of the sky

23 July 2014 17:34

Two Ukrainian SU-25 ground-attack jets have been shot down in Donetsk Oblast, about five miles away from the MH17 crash site. This double strike reinforces a chilling message: the separatist war… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson won’t play tennis with Putin’s cronies

23 July 2014 11:43

‘I think you have to do stuff that actually hits Putin and his government where it hurts. I know about this tennis match – they volunteered me to play tennis… Continue reading

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Archive interview: Alexander Litvinenko on ice picks, radioactive thallium and Putin’s assassins

22 July 2014 11:37

In the 25 November 2006 edition of The Spectator, Neil Barnett recalled his encounters with the poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko. Two days before the magazine went to press, Litvinenko died… Continue reading

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Can the European Union agree a sanctions regime for Russia?

22 July 2014 8:31

David Cameron talked tough on sanctions yesterday, suggesting that he had the German and French support. I believe he means what he says and is serious about following through with… Continue reading

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Flight MH17: the unctuous Bishop James Jones shows off on ‘Thought for the Day’

21 July 2014 18:00

Perhaps it’s my imagination, but every time the Rt Rev James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool, pops up on Thought for the Day I hear an undertone of disappointed ambition.… Continue reading

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David Cameron: This is a defining moment for Russia

21 July 2014 16:21

David Cameron has made a statement to the House of Commons about the destruction of MH17 over eastern Ukraine. He was quick to say that even those who shot down… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s grey-haired gamble

21 July 2014 9:15

George Osborne has been in retail mode this morning, selling his pension reforms and explaining how pensioners can unlock their life’s savings. The Chancellor has said that the Treasury will… Continue reading

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MH17 makes the situation in Ukraine an American crisis and an EU catastrophe

19 July 2014 23:39

The burning embers of an international airliner litter a Ukrainian field. 298 dead. The west blames Putin. President Putin blames Ukraine and the west. Pro-Russian rebels strip the dead and… Continue reading

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After the horrific tragedy of MH17, Europe must wake up to the threat posed by Vladimir Putin

19 July 2014 23:04

How many more civilian planes need to be shot down over European airspace before Europe’s leaders get serious about the threat posed by Vladimir Putin’s Russia? As the smoke clears… Continue reading

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Will we ever find out what happened to flight MH17? It is getting less and less likely

19 July 2014 19:30

The Ukrainian government has failed to secure the crash site, as much as 25 square kilometres of territory, where debris from flight MH17 has fallen. The site is in rebel-held… Continue reading

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The conflict in Crimea will be the downfall of Putin

18 July 2014 10:08

Earlier this year, Owen Matthews discussed in the Spectator how the conflict in Crimea will be the making of Ukraine and the end of Vladimir Putin: David Cameron says that Russia’s… Continue reading

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Who shot down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17?

17 July 2014 19:09

US Intelligence has confirmed that a surface-to-air missile shot down a Malaysian Airlines plane, flight MH17, en route from Amsterdam. Pictures of the wreckage have now appeared, yet no one… Continue reading

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