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Why Vladimir Putin’s threats about cutting off Europe’s gas supply are all bluff

1 December 2014 14:05

Has the West found a secret new weapon in its battle with Putin’s expansionist ambitions: reversible gas pipelines? Putin has never made a secret of his willingness to use energy… Continue reading

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How worried should the West be about Russia?

17 November 2014 18:22

The most sobering column you’ll read today is the FT’s Gideon Rachman, no doom monger, warning about the risk of a nuclear war. Rachman is concerned about how quick Vladimir… Continue reading

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Postcard from Ukraine – meet the artists in exile from the People’s Republic of Donetsk

22 October 2014 10:25

It was Orthodox Trinity Sunday when Luba Michailova received word that separatists would soon occupy the premises of the Donetsk art centre she founded. She was in Kiev at the… Continue reading

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The European market hangover – bad news is bad news again

17 October 2014 14:04

In the latest Spectator, Liam Halligan takes a sobering look at European markets bearing the brunt of sanctions against Russia. ‘The western economy that’s suffered most, by far, is 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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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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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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Morning review: Could British infrastructure cope with fracking?

28 July 2014 12:28

In this week’s View from 22 Morning Review, Mary Wakefield, James Forsyth and David Blackburn discuss the weekend’s main stories. What can we do about the turmoil in the Middle… Continue reading

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Call Me Dave still has much to learn from The Master

25 July 2014 17:00

David Cameron and Tony Blair faced identical tasks earlier this week. Both wished to force a reluctant group of back-sliders to adopt a more robust and pragmatic position. Cameron wanted… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

Image is the least of Ed’s worries

25 July 2014 14:51

What were Labour thinking? Against the background of Ukraine and Gaza, the only domestic story likely to cut through is an economic one. The news today is dominated by David… Continue reading

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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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The EU's sanctions seem to fall some way short of David Cameron's ambitions. (GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe split over sanctions against Putin’s Russia

22 July 2014 19:07

The European Council has spoken! We must all come back on Thursday after it has considered its approach to fresh sanctions against Russia. The communiqué from today’s meeting of the… Continue reading

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European Leaders Commemorate The 100th Anniversary of World War I In Belgium

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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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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View from 22 morning review: the West’s response to MH17 and the reshuffle fallout

21 July 2014 12:18

In this week’s View from 22 morning review, Douglas Murray, James Forsyth and Mary Wakefield discuss the weekend’s main stories. Can Europe really enforce sanctions on Putin, in the wake of… 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 blame game reflects badly on all of us

20 July 2014 20:53

To judge by much of the western media coverage in recent days, you would have thought that Vladimir Putin had spent last Thursday sitting in the Kremlin, plotting how to… 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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