US politics

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…

How will Donald Trump react to his midterm elections setback?

7 November 2018 6:25

Midterm elections are traditionally nightmares for the party of a sitting president. Just ask former president Bill Clinton, who suffered…

Does a Democratic House win pave the way to impeachment?

7 November 2018 2:55

If as now seems certain, the Democrats do get control of the House, they will be in the majority on committees with subpoena power

The Democrats’ dismal failure to stamp out anti-Semitism

6 November 2018 19:09

It’s been a year since I warned that the Democrats were at risk of replicating the Labour party’s lurch into…

How Democrat success in the midterms could help Trump

6 November 2018 12:19

Today’s midterm election is bound to put a bit of swagger back into the steps of Democrats. If polls are…

Could the economy rescue Trump in the midterms?

5 November 2018 17:25

The Trump economy has defied all sceptics and naysayers. Unemployment is at half-century record lows, wages are up, and Wall…

Trump’s midterm campaign is a warning of what is to come

1 November 2018 14:27

Once again, America is under attack. If it’s not hordes of migrants swarming over the border, it’s murky jews financing…