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Sir Malcolm Rifkind delivered a stern message to the Commons (Photo: BBC)

Sir Malcolm Rifkind delivers a stern warning on Ukraine

18 March 2014 14:55

MPs moved seamlessly today from debating the breeding season of the hare to the situation in Crimea. It’s been quiet recently, but this afternoon the House of Commons chamber hosted… Continue reading

William Hague is keeping his options open (Photo: AFP/Andrew Cowie)

William Hague insists government’s options remain open on Ukraine

4 March 2014 13:31

It was clear from William Hague’s statement in the Commons just now that no decisions have been taken on what to do about Ukraine. The Foreign Secretary had already distanced… Continue reading

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William Hague: Ukraine is the biggest crisis in Europe in the 21st Century

3 March 2014 8:45

You couldn’t accuse William Hague of using soft language on the Today programme this morning when he said that ‘it is certainly the biggest crisis in Europe in the 21st… Continue reading

A Russian flag is seen in the foreground as unidentified armed individuals in armoured vehicles block the base of the Ukrainian border guard service in Sevastopol. Picture: Getty

William Hague summons Russian ambassador as Russian parliament approves sending troops to Ukraine

1 March 2014 17:46

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary who is off to Kiev tomorrow, has issued the following statement:- ‘I am deeply concerned at the escalation of tensions in Ukraine, and the decision… Continue reading


William Hague: Ukraine is not about a strategic competition between East and West and we must engage with Russia

24 February 2014 17:10

Russia has been presented as one of the bad guys in the coverage of the turmoil in Ukraine. But today, Sir Menzies Campbell told the Commons that the one thing… Continue reading

The violent, bloody clashes in Kiev remind us that the EU is seen as an emblem of freedom and prosperity in parts of Eastern Europe. (PIERO QUARANTA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine reinforces the case for a wider but shallower EU

19 February 2014 17:55

With Ukip heading for possible victory in the European elections and anti-EU fervour growing across the continent, it is hard to imagine a country where people are so desperate to join… Continue reading


Will China kill all of Africa’s elephants?

13 February 2014 14:30

In 2010, Aidan Hartley, our ‘Wild Life’ columnist and Unreported World presenter, asked in his feature below: ‘Will China kill all Africa’s elephants?’ And, as I type, politicians from over 50… Continue reading

Smoke rising from a building in the Syrian city of Daraya. Image: Getty

Assad will go – the question is how much blood will be spilled

16 January 2014 12:23

As we approach next week’s Geneva II Conference, the desire of the majority of Syrians, the moderate majority, for a just and sustainable resolution to the conflict in Syria must… Continue reading

Britain needs its own idea for imagining a new relationship with the EU. Photo: Getty Images.

The British option – a business proposal for EU renegotiation

14 January 2014 11:31

Announcing the Balance of Competences review in July 2012, in which the Government launched a consultation of Britain’s membership of the EU, William Hague told MPs that ‘we must take… Continue reading

William Hague, Cathy Ashton and John Kerry celebrate this weekend's deal with Iran. Picture: Getty

William Hague: We will need to reassure Saudi Arabia and Israel about Iran deal

25 November 2013 17:20

The Commons was in congratulatory mode this afternoon when William Hague gave his statement on the deal with Iran. Baroness Ashton, not familiar with heaps of praise falling on her,… Continue reading

Iran went to Geneva with a plan: to buy time so that it can build a nuclear bomb. The international community, especially the West, had no plan. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

William Hague’s appeasement of Iran’s mullahs is a historic and terrible mistake

25 November 2013 16:31

Well, I wondered in this place last week if David Cameron knew what he was doing in relation to the Iran nuclear negotiations in Geneva. And now the answer is… Continue reading

The 'Bounty', a replica of Captain Bligh's vessel which was burned at Pitcairn Island in 1789. Image: Getty

How a marine reserve could make Pitcairn the crown jewel of the South Pacific

18 October 2013 12:35

Last week, while the Mayor of London (pop. 7.8 million) was visiting China, the Deputy Mayor of Pitcairn (pop. 50) was visiting London.  I met Simon Young for afternoon tea… Continue reading

Uniting the right needs a carrot and stick approach Illustration: Christian Adams.

William Hague’s plan to reunite the right

30 September 2013 19:59

William Hague is the man with a plan to deal with Ukip at next year’s European elections. At a fringe event hosted by the Conservatives in the European Parliament group… Continue reading

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William Hague is charming, but what he says won’t satisfy the Eurosceptics

29 September 2013 17:53

William Hague has to be one of the most charming men in the Cabinet. Today, rather than attacking his Lib Dem colleagues for being ‘woolly’, as Philip Hammond did, the… Continue reading

National Security Council Meet To Discuss The Response To Chemical Weapons Use In Syria

William Hague tells the 1922 that ‘lessons will be learned’ from Syria vote

4 September 2013 18:28

William Hague’s appearance at the 1922 Committee has underlined the fact that the Tory party is now split on foreign policy. I’m told that the questions that the Foreign Secretary… Continue reading

National Security Council Meet To Discuss The Response To Chemical Weapons Use In Syria

No-one has any plans for a second vote on Syria, part II

3 September 2013 15:40

Today’s Foreign Office Questions was a far classier affair than yesterday’s rather snippy session with Philip Hammond on Defence. William Hague chose not to tell Labour that they had no… Continue reading

UN inspectors inspect corpses in a hospital outside Damscus. Photo: YouTube/AFP/Getty Images

On Syria, parliament has voted to have no policy at all.

30 August 2013 11:29

A muddle and a cock-up. For all the talk of parliament reasserting itself, last night’s vote on Syria showed a parliament that voted, twice, to oppose actions it actually supports.… Continue reading

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William Hague: We can act without UN security council unity

26 August 2013 9:57

William Hague is keeping his options open on Syria: not just on what the response will be to last week’s chemical weapons attack, but on whether (and how) Parliament will… Continue reading

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William Hague: Egypt turbulence could last for years

19 August 2013 9:42

William Hague’s interview on the Today programme this morning included the gloomy warning the the turmoil in Egypt is unlikely to end soon. He said that ‘there may be years… Continue reading


Hague stays vague on Egyptian coup

4 July 2013 8:56

William Hague was as circumspect as he possibly could be about the situation in Egypt in his Today interview. He insisted that Britain would work with whoever was in power… Continue reading

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Theresa May’s modernising moment on stop and search

2 July 2013 18:48

Theresa May’s statement in the Commons today on stop and search strikes me as an important moment. Here, we had a Tory Home Secretary standing up and saying that she… Continue reading

David Cameron at the G8 summit. Photo: BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images

It looks like we must hope for the best in Syria

18 June 2013 20:31

Is there not something odd about a Prime Minister talking of getting involved in the Syrian civil war on the very day that another 4,500 British service personnel had their… Continue reading

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William Hague: There are ‘no palatable options’ in Syria

17 June 2013 8:40

While the G8 begins today with splits already clear on Syria, David Cameron will be aware, as he sits down for talks with world leaders, that the splits in his… Continue reading

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Trust me, I’m a Foreign Secretary, says William Hague on Prism

10 June 2013 17:46

William Hague’s statement on Prism was a masterclass in not answering the question. Hague calmly, but determinedly, stuck to the line that he wasn’t going to comment on leaks —… Continue reading

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Three questions for William Hague on PRISM

10 June 2013 8:31

William Hague will come to the House of Commons today to offer some answers on the US National Security Agency’s PRISM programme. Here are three key questions MPs will want… Continue reading