International politics

India holds the cricket world to ransom; England and Australia agree to pay

27 January 2014 12:56

Almost no idea is rotten enough that it can’t or won’t be defended by some scoundrel somewhere. Even so, the…

What is Europe good for? Rather a lot, actually…

23 January 2014 12:50

Europe, eh? Good for nothing, innit? That’s the prevailing narrative you hear these days. But, as so often, this is…

A Carve-Up That’s Just Not Cricket

20 January 2014 15:14

By god, you know matters have come to a wretched pass when you feel inclined to defend and protect the…

The Winter Olympics should never have been awarded to Vladimir Putin’s Russia

14 January 2014 11:49

Last month’s terrorist attacks in Volgograd were doubtless an attempt to warn foreigners off the Winter Olympics in Sochi next…

Rumours of Chris Christie’s political death are exaggerated.

8 January 2014 21:35

January 2014, two years before the Iowa caucuses and already Chris Christie, the pugnacious governor of New Jersey, has been…

Gordon Brown leads tributes to Nelson Mandela in the Commons

9 December 2013 16:09

All three party leaders paid eloquent tribute to Nelson Mandela in the Commons. But by far the most powerful speech…

Nelson Mandela gave us the greatest gift of all: Hope

6 December 2013 0:02

Sometimes when a significant public figure dies, even, perhaps especially, when that death comes as no surprise and may, indeed,…

David Cameron and Ed Miliband pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

5 December 2013 23:01

Downing Street has released the following statement from David Cameron: ‘A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson…

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…

John F Kennedy was one of the nastiest presidents in American history

19 November 2013 14:55

The fiftieth anniversary of John F Kennedy’s assassination is, of course, an occasion for a fresh outbreak of the virulent…

It’s tempting to compare France’s National Front with Ukip — but wrong

8 October 2013 17:56

There is today only one united French political party, and it is the National Front. The FN has been profiting…

The heroism of Pussy Riot and life inside the modern Russian gulag

24 September 2013 13:35

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s decision to begin a hunger strike in protest against the conditions she and her fellow prisoners endure inside…

World Without Borders: Lebensraum for German Pensioners

18 September 2013 12:33

Borders matter less than they used to. That’s not always apparent in this country protected as it is by the…

In London, John Kerry Promotes World’s Smallest Syrian Whirlwind

9 September 2013 12:25

There’s little need for people opposed to launching any kind of attack on Syria to expend much energy doing so…

Vladimir Putin greets David Cameron at the G20 summit in St Petersburg. Picture: Getty

G20 summit gets small-minded with ‘small island’ gibe

5 September 2013 21:20

What a nice host Vladimir Putin is. Shortly after world leaders gathered in his country for the G20 summit in…

The View from 22: Obama’s zigzagging path to war and Cameron’s tiff with his MPs

5 September 2013 8:45

What is behind Barack Obama’s wobbly approach to Syria? In the latest View from 22 podcast, former US State department…

Syria is not Iraq (but at least the Iraq War had a clear objective)

28 August 2013 15:47

A decade ago, I was sure that going to war in Iraq was the right thing to do. I persisted…

An improvement on Lord Finkelstein’s Syria analogy

28 August 2013 11:37

As Freddy Gray points out, Danny Finkelstein has wheeled out a very odd argument in the Times today (£), in…

Should we really bomb Syria ‘for show’?

28 August 2013 9:52

‘Syria won’t go away if we just shut our eyes,’ says the newly ennobled Daniel Finklestein, in today’s Times (£).…

How the Egyptian army handed the Muslim Brotherhood a victory

15 August 2013 16:28

You don’t have to be a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood’s clerical fashion to recoil at the draconian treatment of…