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It caused anger and unease across the West, but the meeting between the Russian president and Donald Trump was not as substantively “historic” as its protagonists may have hoped.
After the Salisbury poisoning, Britain could rely on the unanimous support of France, Germany and the US in condemning the attack
Merkel may find it hard to stomach Trump but she will not be wishing away US military power from Europe with any relish.
Those troublesome 1980s have reared their head again in a diplomatic storm in a teacup over Gibraltar.
The flatlining Sinn Fein vote has been jolted into life unexpectedly.
In Scotland and Northern Ireland, it was economic self-interest and inherent caution that ultimately trumped nationalism. Will England do the same?
If Britain has a declared interest in curtailing Islamic State and stabilising Syria, it is neither honourable nor viable to let others intervene on our behalf.