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David Cameron remains the Master's apprentice. (Image: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

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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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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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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Mayor of London, Boris Johnson plays tennis during the International Paralympic Day in Trafalgar Square, central London, on September 8, 2011. Image: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

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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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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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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London’s party-hungry Russians suffer Putin problem

3 June 2014 12:16

Word reaches Mr S of the plight of Mr Alexander Sucenko, organiser of next Saturday’s annual Russian Summer Ball. The ball is said to be in jeopardy because nobody wants to… Continue reading

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Conchita Wurst representing Austria performs the song 'Rise Like A Phoenix' after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Photo: AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand

Eurovision: It was the beard wot won it

11 May 2014 11:10

I enjoyed Fraser’s preview of the Eurovision Song Contest; I had not known that he was such a fan. You work with someone for years, oblivious to their dark secrets,… Continue reading

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China's Vice Premier Li Keqiang (L) raises a glass of whisky with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond before attending a state dinner at Edinburgh castle on January 9, 2011

Alex Salmond receives a lesson from the school of foreign policy hard knocks

29 April 2014 12:05

Look: Alex Salmond’s indulgent appraisal of Vladimir Putin’s record was foolish and naive and all too revealing but let’s not lose the heid. Scotland, even an independent Scotland, is not… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond’s strange – but revealing – admiration for Vladimir Putin

28 April 2014 12:03

What to make of Alex Salmond’s qualified admiration for Vladimir Putin? The First Minister, interviewed for the forthcoming issue of GQ, declared he admires “certain aspects” of the Russian President’s… Continue reading

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Would the word ‘NATO’ make Vladimir Putin think twice?

17 April 2014 9:05

Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States will meet in Geneva later today in order to find a solution to the confrontation in eastern Ukraine. There is not… Continue reading

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Ukraine increases mistrust and misinformation between Russia and the West

14 April 2014 8:48

The tense situation in Ukraine has escalated overnight. A deadline has passed for pro-Russian agitators to vacate government buildings in eastern Ukraine or face military action. There is no indication… Continue reading

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Spectator TV presents Putin vs. Obama: whose side are the American right on?

31 March 2014 10:35

Under the shadow of the Crimean situation, Harry Cole travelled to Washington DC to find out what American conservatives really make of Putin. He asked attendees of this month’s Conservative… Continue reading

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Boris should call a referendum

27 March 2014 17:45

Everyone can see that the West has no idea what to do about Russian power in the Ukraine. Britain, in particular, is at the margins. It is time for the… Continue reading

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A poster in Sevastopol ahead of the Crimea referendum this month. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images

Ten fateful forks in the road to Crimea

25 March 2014 16:00

Regret suffuses the post mortem on many a conflict, with hindsight recommending alternatives that were far less obvious at the time. Crimea is different. Rarely can the fateful choices —… Continue reading

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What if the Crimea poll had been legitimate?

22 March 2014 17:15

Just wondering: what would we be doing now about Crimea if the referendum a week ago had been done nicely? I know it’s not a good time to ask what… Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin’s Russia is jingoistic, angry and oppressive. But it’s nothing like Nazi Germany

21 March 2014 11:06

I’m conservative, so it’s hard for me not to love Vladimir Putin. His ripped torso, the way the sweat glistens on his pecs, the steely gaze, the cheeky smile. How… Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin’s right about one thing: the West doesn’t observe its own rules

21 March 2014 10:10

Congratulations to Stephen Glover for writing perhaps the only sensible piece about the Crimean crisis. There is a certain force, too, to Putin’s charge that the West believes itself a… Continue reading

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The west has a choice: abandon Ukraine or punish Russia? It should choose the latter.

18 March 2014 14:47

An astonishing number of useless twits appear to think Russia’s annexation of the Crimea is somehow not Vladimir Putin’s fault. The poor Russia despot – no longer much too strong… Continue reading

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Our own folly may yet lead us to a second dishonourable Yalta

13 March 2014 10:39

‘He was back after less than two years’ pilgrimage in a Holy Land of illusion in the old ambiguous world, where priests were spies and gallant friends proved traitors and… Continue reading

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