US politics

It’s time for Democrats to face up to the truth about Donald Trump

25 March 2019 17:45

If you follow the US president on Twitter, you might think that every day is Donald Day. But Sunday was…

Why didn’t Europe do more to help Trump strike a deal with Kim?

28 February 2019 12:34

‘Sometimes you have to walk’, said Donald Trump this morning as talks between him and Kim Jong-un broke down. With…

Donald Trump faces a big problem in his meeting with Kim Jong-un

27 February 2019 11:23

Donald Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un in Hanoi is a diplomatic triumph for Pyongyang. For the second time in under a year,…

Bernie Sanders’ rivals will struggle to defeat him

19 February 2019 13:35

The Democratic nomination process for 2020 is a race and Bernie Sanders should be the overwhelming favourite. He’s just announced…

Trump is divisive. He splits his opposition perfectly

6 February 2019 15:26

Washington, DC Donald Trump, the unity president — doesn’t sound right, does it? Trump is, we know, divisive. Under his…

Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech changes nothing

6 February 2019 8:15

Donald Trump takes no punches. He prides himself on being a counter-puncher, a person who won’t think twice about hitting…

Jeremy Corbyn’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunt backfires

4 February 2019 15:59

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the left’s rising political star. The 29-year-old is the youngest women ever to serve in the US Congress…

Why relations between the EU and US are about to get worse

22 January 2019 11:12

If you thought the last two years of transatlantic relations were bad, things are about to get even worse. Donald…

Wrinkled, white, and wrong — this is the face of the Democratic party

10 January 2019 7:31

Ignore the colourful and fresh-faced Democrats filling up your social media feed. The new face of their party is the…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the left’s Sarah Palin

9 January 2019 14:39

When the media falls in love, it falls hard. Its latest crush is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat congressgirl from New York.…

Is Mitt Romney the NeverTrumpers’ great hope?

3 January 2019 11:42

Is Mitt Romney the mouse that roared? Or does he pose a real threat to President Trump? In his Washington Post op-ed,…

Why Donald Trump will step up his feud with the EU this year

3 January 2019 10:50

For Angela Merkel, the chief guardian of Europe’s centrist politics, 2018 was a year of tribulation – and she admits…

The first amendment and the internet’s free speech clash

2 January 2019 9:12

For Silicon Valley, 2018 was defined by one impossible question: should there be limits to free speech on the internet?…

How did people end up believing in Trump?

27 December 2018 9:00

Jon Sopel, the BBC’s North America editor, has given us a pithy and perceptive account of today’s USA in his…

What does the British government know about Trump and Russia?

26 December 2018 7:10

We’re closing 2018 by republishing our ten most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 6: Paul Wood on the UK’s…

Why Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony didn’t make me cry

24 December 2018 7:20

We’re closing 2018 by republishing our ten most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 8: Lionel Shriver on the Brett…

Jeremy Hunt’s direct channel to Trump

19 December 2018 8:54

The past few months have been testing for the so-called special relationship. President Trump’s visit to the UK ended in…

Relations between the US and EU have gone from bad to worse

13 December 2018 15:37

One of the most important duties of being an ambassador is serving as a counsellor of sorts. When relations between…

Camille Paglia: ‘Hillary wants Trump to win again’

6 December 2018 8:41

Camille Paglia is one of the most interesting and explosive thinkers of our time. She transgresses academic boundaries and blows…

Mike Pompeo’s unwelcome warning to Brussels’ bureaucrats

5 December 2018 11:26

The US secretary of state Mike Pompeo strutted into Brussels yesterday like a man on a mission. His task was almost…

Does America oppose female genital mutilation – or not?

22 November 2018 10:33

Twenty years ago almost no one in the West had heard of Female Genital Mutilation. Then in the 2000s, thanks…

Macron and Trump’s doomed bromance is good news for Le Pen

14 November 2018 11:52

Emmanuel Macron’s hosting of sixty world leaders in Paris last weekend to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice has turned…

The Spectator Podcast: why May’s Brexit deal is hard to stomach, but the alternative is worse

9 November 2018 16:05

As Theresa May prepares to unveil her Brexit deal, we ask: just how bad is it, and what happened to…

After losing the House, Trump will have more to worry about than CNN reporters

8 November 2018 8:20

If Trump cannot handle the press corps without blowing his top, it’s an open question whether he can cope with the House Democrats getting up in his grill on a daily basis

The lesson of the midterms? Trump’s crudeness works

7 November 2018 14:43

President Donald J. Trump thinks only in terms of winning and losing. On Tuesday, he won and he lost, which…