Yorkshire historically acted as a counterweight to the dominance of southern elites, in sport as in politics and culture. Now, things are different.
Marine Le Pen's FN party is close to regional power.
Latin America's populist tide appears to be receeding.
Plus: has Nigel Farage fallen out with Ukip's paymaster?
We can respond to both threats with resolve and common purpose, without diminishing our traditions and values.
We have been bidden lately to celebrate Henry V, “Harry of Monmouth”: patriot, soldier, trouncer of our one-time enemies the French.
For all the anger over the new fees system, it is in many respects more progressive.
As the roots of Isis grow deeper, support for the group is increasing.
Field of dreams? Footie may be only a pretext for young boys to leave Africa.
The debate brought out a series of old divides: Oxford vs Cambridge, Left vs Right. . . Greece vs Rome.
Far from getting reliable information, torture is a gruelling process that yields few results - and harm for both victim and perpetrator.
Whether it's tweeting about his enemies, or using his children as advisers, Donald J Trump is not a conventional president. We need a strong media to hold the new US president - and other world leaders - to account.
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