We need to be clear and robust when it comes to tackling security and ending the abuses of European human rights laws.
On 24 August 1939, the day after the Soviet foreign minister Molotov and his German counterpart von Ribbentrop signed the pact that gave Hitler free rein to attack the West, the Louvre director, Jacques Jaujard, ordered the museum to be closed for three days. Officially, for repair. In fact, for three days and three nights, […]
The president has lost his majority during the course of the Coronavirus pandemic. How will it affect his odds at the 2022 election?
Just as the coronavirus pandemic swept into Europe we lost the master illustrator Albert Uderzo, aged 92. He was of course the co-creator of Asterix, the plucky Gaul who holds out against the Roman conquest (with a gulp of magic potion to confer superman strength). If he himself had held out a week or so […]
Those Conservative-Liberal Democrats successes have laid robust foundations on which subsequent governments have built.
Those that prevent ordinary Syrians from accessing humanitarian aid and economic opportunities should be ended.
I am beginning to worry that there may come a time when there will be a need for a more nuanced message – but the public won’t be willing to hear it.
The effectiveness of such Government strategies as the lockdown can only be assessed after a mass of variables are controlled for.
Love him or hate him, you have to accept that Emmanuel Macron has an extraordinary capacity for thinking and talking. The French President’s vast interview with the Financial Times last week won headlines largely because of his warning of a possible “unravelling of the European Union”. That was just a tiny part of it. Macron […]
Hopefully it will be crisis averted, and we’ll have a bit more time to fix the hole. But sooner or later, difficult choices on tax and spending are coming.
Often, these are not only hugely inaccurate, but paint a damagingly distorted picture which can influence public opinion and, through doing so, public policy.
Some regions have already started to ease off lockdown measures. Here are their plans so far:
Nobody talks in rural France anymore. We just shuffle silently to our cars, or around Intermarché, where the check-out staff, as well as wearing latex gloves and masks, stand behind the sort of glass screens you get in banks. Should you encounter, by chance, a neighbour, you wave from a distance along the aisle. Assuming, […]
The only way of pushing such a narrative is to remove context and nuance from the data.
Unless you think the projected caseload was wrong by an order of magnitude, it was the only way to buy time to find and implement a more sustainable strategy.
On 25 March, the UK passed the Coronavirus Act 2020 as part of its attempt to manage the […]
In France they have a law which has its written roots in 1905 but the principles steam back to the 1790 revolution which saw ‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’ emblazoned into the national character and constitution of this large European nation. The law is called laïcité and it is at serious odds with Anglo-Saxon inherited concepts of what it is to be tolerant within a community. So much of our own understanding of modern Europe and modern Ireland stem from the thinking … Read more
The implications of the crisis are such that Johnson and Sunak need not so much to think outside the box as to trample it to tatters altogether.
Almost four years after the referendum, many Britons living in France are still in the dark about what Brexit means for their future lives in France, writes Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths University of London). France hosts the second largest number of UK nationals in the EU27, and is home to approximately 150,000 Britons. Yet almost four years … Continued
If Brexit leads to a withdrawal from the EU’s internal energy market, the UK’s unwillingness to cooperate with its neighbours will come at a very high price, warn Richard Green and Joachim Geske (Imperial College Business School). Amid the multitude of details that still need to be negotiated about the UK’s future relationship with the … Continued
Enough day dreaming about unfeasible and unfunded alternatives on islands in the estuary; enough dithering and delay.
When Sutton Hoo reopened last summer following a seven-month-long, multi-million pound restoration, one crucial relic remained missing. Although the displays have been dramatically updated, and visitors to the site — the ship burial of a seventh century Anglo-Saxon king, Raedwald — can now see a full-size sculpture of the ship and better appreciate the lumpy […]
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After crushing Labour last year, it might be tempting to rest on our laurels. But we need to act now to keep the extreme left locked out of Number 10.
I was delighted to see your appointment. I confess to slight bias, given that you retweeted an article of mine calling for an end to ring-fencing of the foreign aid budget.
We must maintain our pro-enterprise agenda to cement our status as being a place where both businesses and investors can thrive.
As Britain prepares to leave European Union, and to disengage with its administration and institutions, there will clearly need to be changes in the way the United Kingdom organises its own governmental structures. New roles and new responsibilities will require new ways of doing business. With a new government in place, with a strong mandate […]
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During the years when the West sought to draw Iran back into the comity of nations, the ayatollahs backed terrorist bombs, cyberattacks, and drone shootings.
For the first time in decades the levers of British influence – defence, diplomacy, aid and trade – could sit alongside domestic efforts in education and infrastructure.
The scale of his domestic ambitions and the legacy of the Iraq War suggest that his ambitions will be limited – for the moment at least.
Leo Varadkar summed it up by saying, “I think it’s a positive thing that we have a decisive outcome in Britain.”