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Africa experiencing a contagion of coups as Gabon latest to fall

In Gabon a ruling dynasty that began with Ali Bongo’s father Omar in 1967 came to an end last week after Ali had been “re-elected”. The latter...

09.09.2023 10

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Donald Trump is more radical than the average autocrat

In the uneasy transition from once-proud democracies to dictatorships – when a country is neither decisively one nor the other, just yet –...

19.08.2023 10

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Where are today’s marchers against nuclear weapons?

I have a vivid memory from childhood – London 1962: my mother taking me by the hand, aged six, to join the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament...

29.07.2023 10

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As Brexit regretters are learning, the clock of history cannot simply be turned back

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river, and he’s not the same man” – Heraclitus Fifty years of membership,...

08.07.2023 20

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Silvio Berlusconi is dead, but his cynical legacy of bluster and histrionics lives on

Silvio Berlusconi was determined to depart this life in the manner he had lived it, lavishly and flamboyantly, in the style of the pharaoh he believed...

17.06.2023 9

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World View: Erdogan, like Trump, is a weaver of powerful myths fuelled by paranoia

It was an accidental product of tradition and protocol but, in 2019, the autumn UN General Assembly gathering was ominously introduced by four...

03.06.2023 10

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Patrick Smyth: If this is the way our neighbours want to run their democracy, so be it

“By the moon that shines above us in the misty morning night/ Let us cease to run ourselves down and praise God that we are white/ And better still...

06.05.2023 40

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De Valera and de Gaulle: ‘There was a kind of symmetry between them’

Maybe Charles De Gaulle was right in the 1960s to twice veto British membership of the then EEC, economics professor John O’Hagan mused in an...

08.04.2023 10

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Trump is facing uphill battles but the White House is not out of reach just yet

The uncanny political resilience of Donald Trump owes a great deal to his unique ability to turn negatives into positives. Now expected to be the...

25.03.2023 10

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Windsor Framework is old wine in a new bottle

For Rishi Sunak, it was a “decisive breakthrough”. “Together,” the British PM pronounced, though others said there would be no renegotiation...

11.03.2023 100

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World View: Who blew up Nord Stream 2?

It reads like a racy Tom Clancy novel – cold war-like intrigue set against the background of Ukraine, special forces’ derring-do, double dealing...

25.02.2023 40

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