George Bush now regards the UN's help in Iraq as vital. But this isn't a real conversion: he wants t
Across the democratic world, governing elites are mistrusted, whatever their policies. Blair's decis
Barbara Smith judges that the chances for Arab-Israeli peace are as bleak as they have ever been. Ye
When Spain announced it would pull its troops out of Iraq, it was accused of rewarding terrorism. Bu
To make the case for Europe, the Prime Minister will have to show foresight and zeal, commodities th
The European Union has always been an elite project. This was so from its earliest postwar beginnings, when the rule of cool, rational technocrats seemed infinitely preferable to the hot-blooded mass movements led by Hitler and Mussolini.
The President of Good and Evil: taking George W Bush seriously
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In the ten countries that will soon accede, support for the EU has now given way to disillusion - no
The pro- and anti-war camps, polarised and strident in the US and Britain, are contained inside the
Iraq - Jordan fears a backlash against its support of America; Syria worries about economic sanction
Those who opposed the invasion of Iraq have been proved right in almost every respect. Far from Saddam Hussein being ready to launch WMDs against the west, he had no such weapons.
Islamist extremists believe in a worldwide conspiracy not just of Jews, but also of Freemasons. They
Diplomats have the same faults as foreign correspondents: they don't get out enough, they socialise
I love the way the English who are anti-Europe say, "I've nothing against the French. I'm off there
Is the war on terrorism working? A scientific analysis suggests that it is not and that it has succe
The new game in Washington is CYA - cover your ass. So far, the winner is Richard Clarke, whose expl
"Britain flooded by immigrants"
Tony Blair, insiders say, is considering delaying the election until autumn 2005 or even spring 2006
Tony Blair's problems are nothing to what Chancellor Schroder faces in Berlin. His party loathes him
The latest tangle over immigration is a telling illustration of new Labour's two greatest weaknesses: its anxiety to please business and its wish simultaneously to placate popular prejudice as expressed mainly by the Daily Mail and the Sun.
How the West Indies cricket disaster toppled an old and oppressive dynasty
Of the token hangers-on who make up the Anglo-American "coalition of the willing", only Australia re
We can expect a flood of criticism of Rwanda's leadership since the genocide, and there is much to c
The Bush camp has managed to turn Kerry into a figure of fun before the Democratic candidate has got
The killing of the Hamas spiritual leader gives militant Islam another potent image. But violent dea
Even if Ariel Sharon's men do succeed in eliminating the entire Hamas leadership, the suicide bombings and rocket attacks on Israel will continue and perhaps intensify. No doubt the classic texts of counter-insurgency advise that resistance is best crushed by eliminating its leaders.
Observations on the media and Haiti
Cities soon bounced back from 9/11 and, despite repeated warnings of terror attacks, are now said to