World

Macron may well win. But Macronism is dead

14 October 2021 3:19 pm

President Emmanuel Macron was in an expansive mood this week as he commandeered the splendid beaux arts Grand Palais in…

Woke California bans boys and girls toy sections

14 October 2021 2:58 pm

Last week, signing a batch of pet bills to end the legislative session, Governor Gavin Newsom made California the first…

America’s state of malaise

14 October 2021 2:45 pm

The word malaise, a general feeling of uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify, is creeping into discussions. It’s…

Is Britain's economic recovery still on track?

14 October 2021 3:05 am

Compared with July, August’s GDP boost looks much healthier — but that’s not saying much. Originally thought to have stagnated…

Why is British Airways banning ‘ladies and gentlemen’?

14 October 2021 3:00 am

British Airways is dropping ‘ladies and gentlemen’ from its announcements. In the name of diversity and inclusion, the airline has…

Cummings throws a spanner in the Brexit works

13 October 2021 11:45 pm

Is Dominic Cummings about to derail the government’s plans for a new Northern Ireland protocol? That’s the concern inside government as Boris…

The ECJ's credibility is in tatters

13 October 2021 11:00 pm

Is the European Court of Justice (ECJ) a properly independent court? The damning verdict of two respected EU law academics…

The sleepwalkers

13 October 2021 3:34 pm

It is customary for presidencies to lose vitality and purpose in their last months. It is unprecedented for a presidency…

The laziness of blue-state separatists

13 October 2021 2:11 pm

Dean Obeidallah has an impressive résumé. While he is not a household name, the lawyer-turned-award-winning-comedian hosts a satellite radio program,…

The Taliban learn just how hard governing Afghanistan is

13 October 2021 12:54 pm

For the first time in two decades, and arguably for the first time since the late 1970s, there is a…

Covid, lockdown and the retreat of scientific debate

13 October 2021 8:55 am

Science is about rational disagreement, the questioning and testing of orthodoxy and the constant search for truth. With something like…

Harry and Meghan become ethical bankers

13 October 2021 8:35 am

Broadcasting, writing, life-coaching and speech-making: there seems to be no end to the talents of Harry and Meghan. But now…

Why Anglo-French relations will only get worse

13 October 2021 7:55 am

The French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has given a very frank interview to the New York Times. It is…

Don't bet on the EFFing crisis bringing down Boris

13 October 2021 6:06 am

Boris Johnson is taking one heck of a risk by making labour shortages a deliberate part of his economic strategy. That,…

David Frost's protocol diplomacy

13 October 2021 12:03 am

As a general rule in post-Brexit politics, when David Frost makes a public intervention on the Northern Ireland protocol, it…

Sally Rooney’s novels don’t deserve to be translated into Hebrew

12 October 2021 11:18 pm

I recently had to read a book by Sally Rooney in a work capacity, and my goodness that was half…

The real reason Britain failed on coronavirus

12 October 2021 9:29 pm

The joint health and science super-committee’s report into ‘lessons learned’ on the UK’s coronavirus response may not want to ‘point fingers…

Parliament hit by food shortages

12 October 2021 8:30 pm

What with an energy crisis, a fuel crisis and a food crisis, you would think MPs have enough on their plates.…

The president’s health is a national interest

12 October 2021 3:55 pm

Delaware used to be Cale Boggs country, almost as much as Massachusetts belonged to the Kennedys. Boggs served as governor,…

As COP26 looms, Glasgow is facing a waste crisis

12 October 2021 1:33 pm

In early November, Glasgow will be the focus of the world’s attention for COP26, the UN’s Climate Change Conference. For…

Evergrande illusions

12 October 2021 12:43 pm

At the height of the 2008 financial crisis I was invited to an off-the-record media lunch with a famous investor.…

The mystery of Vladimir Putin’s mistresses

12 October 2021 8:29 am

There’s an odd thing about 18-year old Luiza Rozova’s instagram feed. You can see photos of her breakfasts (sliced exotic…

Why liberals must stand with Kathleen Stock

12 October 2021 4:15 am

I know what it feels like to be bullied and vilified for expressing views with which, eventually, many right-minded people…

The EU was the big winner in the Czech election

12 October 2021 12:20 am

Eurosceptics in central Europe suffered a blow this weekend, as pro-EU coalitions won a slender majority in the Czech parliament.…

Nick Clegg's Facebook nightmare

11 October 2021 5:45 pm

There have been many ironic fates for the lead actors in the Coalition government. For David Cameron, the premier who…