José Manuel Barroso: Why is Britain so closed to the EU?
By David Miliband - 12 July 10:54

Britain will be reduced to the role of a “Norway or Switzerland” in Europe if Eurosceptics push us into leaving the EU, warns the president of the European Commission, talking to David Miliband.

Taliban commander: “I was relieved at the death of Osama”
By Michael Semple - 11 July 15:08

“Mawlvi”, a veteran Taliban commander, shares insights into the movement’s thinking, relations with Pakistan and Hamid Karzai’s future, in this exclusive interview from behind Afghanistan’s “iron curtain”.

Paramilitary policemen patrol Tianamen Square
Kevin Rudd: The west isn’t ready for the rise of China
By Kevin Rudd - 11 July 14:54

Distracted by economic crisis, social unrest and slipping influence, the west is completely unprepared for China’s imminent global dominance. Australia’s ex-prime minister says we must act to build new bridges.

A Philippine health worker lectures pregnant women
Family planning is a matter of social justice
By Helen Clark - 11 July 9:14

Leaders have the opportunity to unleash women's full potential.

Preview: Michael Semple interviews a senior member of the Taliban
By New Statesman - 11 July 7:39

A high-ranking operative from the Afghan Taliban movement on Pakistan, al-Qaeda and the future of Afghanistan.

Indian programme officer G. Shilpa poses with a female condom
Contraception is not a panacea
By Barbara Stocking - 10 July 14:44

The UK Government/Gates Foundation summit on family planning is a good thing, but we can't be fooled into thinking it can solve all our problems.

Mohamed Morsi
Morsi takes on Egypt's military
By Louisa Loveluck - 10 July 10:57

Was the new Egyptian president neutered before he even entered office?

Mitt Romney
Wanted: a universally-popular vice-presidential candidate
By Andrew Hammond - 09 July 16:38

Romney’s vice-presidential pick is the crucial next decision of White House race.

Barack Obama
Obama must persuade Americans that not all government is bad
By Nicholas Wapshott - 04 July 18:12

It's a formidable task to explain the human cost of rapidly reducing the size of the state during a recession.

Islamist demonstrators protest outside the US embassy in London
Age of extremes: Mehdi Hasan and Maajid Nawaz debate
By Maajid Nawaz and Mehdi Hasan - 04 July 17:23

What's to blame for persistent Muslim extremism - the violent appeal of political Islam, or botched western foreign policy? Mehdi Hasan goes head to head with Maajid Nawaz of Quilliam.

A view of the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
The long, slow death of innocence
By Clive Stafford Smith - 04 July 16:09

Kris Maharaj has been in jail in Miami since 1986 for a double murder, yet all the evidence shows there is no way that he was the killer. What went wrong with American justice?

Obamacare supporters react to the US Supreme Court decision
Supreme Court health care ruling increases the probability of second term for Obama
By John Stoehr - 03 July 11:59

The ruling is likely to make the law much more popular among dubious independent voters.

Morsi monitored by Egyptian activists
By Joe Derry-Malone - 29 June 11:50

Website allows activists to track the new president.

General Mamduh Shahin (R) and army Ismail Etman
Forget the Brotherhood. It’s Egypt’s generals who should worry us
By Mehdi Hasan - 28 June 11:45

Should we be worried by the Muslim Brotherhood’s victory in the Egyptian presidential election? Earlier this year, I interviewed Wael Ghonim, the young Google executive and anti-Mubarak activist who became the face of Egypt’s inspiring revolution back in January and February of 2011.

Graffiti in La Marsa reading 'God is great,' left by rioters.
The rise of Salafism in Tunisia
By Tam Hussein - 28 June 10:57

Those thirsty for spiritual fulfillment are increasingly turning to the Saudi brand of Islam.

Merkel is our only hope
By Mark Leonard - 27 June 18:09

Mehdi Hasan’s article in last week’s New Statesman made headlines across the German media – but for all the wrong reasons.

Post-election celebrations in Tahrir Square in Cairo
Celebrations fade as constitutional crisis edges closer in Cairo
By Bel Trew - 27 June 11:10

An unlikely coalition has formed between the Brotherhood and left-leaning revolutionary groups.

The aid debate
By New Statesman - 26 June 11:42

A New Statesman special report: can we afford foreign aid?

Yousuf Raza Gilani, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan who was ousted in Apri
To lose one prime minister
By Catriona Luke - 25 June 13:37

Pakistan’s military are doing their damndest to prevent a civilian government reaching an unprecedented full-term.

Flags fly in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
Reluctant Angela Merkel must choose between Europe and austerity
By Benjamin Fox - 23 June 11:28

Either way one of our sacred cows has to be slain.

How Nato can help the Greeks
By Denis MacShane - 22 June 16:07

Nato should assist Greece in reducing its military expenditure by guaranteeing its security.

Valeriegate: a farce that threatens to undermine Hollande
By John Gaffney - 22 June 10:23

The row over Valérie Trierweiler's indiscreet tweet threatens the French president's carefully constructed character.

A refugee looks out across the English Channel from Calais
Refugees are being driven to despair in Calais
By Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi - 22 June 8:57

With so many still suffering on our doorstep, what's the point of World Refugee Day?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Angela Merkel’s mania for austerity is destroying Europe
By Mehdi Hasan - 20 June 18:00

The German Chancellor is terminating growth and pushing us towards a new Depression.

Merkel speaking in the Bundestag
Leader: It is time for Chancellor Merkel to intervene to save Europe
By New Statesman - 20 June 17:35

For more than two years, Europe’s leaders have delayed and prevaricated as the survival of the single currency has grown ever less certain. “If the euro fails, then Europe fails,” the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has said, implying an unconditional commitment to the single currency.

The aid Q&A: Imran Khan
By Mehdi Hasan - 20 June 17:34

“Aid finances a lavish lifestyle”

Members of the Free Syrian Army pay their respects in a cemetery
Misreporting and the propaganda war in Syria
By Rachel Shabi - 20 June 17:24

"You can’t take anyone at face value."

Does aid work?
By New Statesman - 20 June 17:21

Dambisa Moyo says "No", Paddy Ashdown says "Yes".

A Nigerian refugee plays football at a UNHCR camp in Ras Ajdir, Tunisia, near th
Can aid end aid?
By New Statesman - 20 June 17:13

We put the question to six campaigners and opinion-formers.

History is the enemy as “brilliant” psy-ops become the news
By John Pilger - 20 June 10:04

From Agent Orange in South Vietnam to Obama’s drone attacks in Afghanistan and war in Syria, Washington spins its assaults on the world as it cynically lives up to a reputation for casual slaughter.