Merkel herself was a little-known politician from the East – certainly not someone seen as destined for great heights – when she brought the downfall of Helmut Kohl, the great patriarch of the CDU
The prime cause of Russia’s aggrieved response to what it sees as Western encroachment is not innate Russian belligerence, but the experience of loss and the birth pangs of a post-Soviet national identity
There was a time when the Brexiteers sought to offer reassurance by stressing that the “special relationship” with Washington would come back into its own. How does such comfort look now?
The Blairites' model of ideological flexibility and economic compromise just don't work in a world that has seen Brexit and the US election of Trump
He is a true character, the likes of which the upper house needs more of. The robes would befit him. He would look and sound the part. Even if he – eventually – ceases to lead Ukip, he should not be lost to public life
Could it be that this is how revolutions happen in modern industrialised democracies? Are we watching, in fact, a popular revolt by other means: peaceful and through the ballot box, courtesy of universal franchise?
What he said during the campaign about dealing with Putin suggests that he will be a foreign policy realist, and not just with Russia. His aversion to involvement in foreign wars that have no direct relation to US national security suggests the same thing
At a time of widespread popular disenchantment with the mistakes made by traditional politicians, an argument can be made for at least trying a different approach
9 October 2015
No 'old European' country would hold a referendum on the question put to Hungarians, but how would their public vote if they did? And what issue decided the UK’s referendum for many Leavers?
If the City of London were to take a hit and the economy were to suffer as a result – which, as a Remainer and a Europhile, I tend to think it will – there is an argument to be made that the UK would actually be all the healthier for it
Any settlement in Syria will probably look more like the Russian version (with a weakened Assad) than the Western version (without him). This has nothing in common with the era of the Cold War; far more with the shifting sands of the Middle East today
Throughout the Soviet period, disabled people were largely banished. In Russian cities, even now, you see the elderly amputees being wheeled to a begging pitch on a trolley
Taxpayers could be subsidising pensions that the wealthy business owner should morally be picking up. Meanwhile, Low Cost Holidays customers will lose all their money, despite the company apparently selling vacations hours before it folded
The Olympics are about individual performance, and always have been. To ban Russia risked traducing that ideal
The Iraq war was supported by both major parties in Parliament, as was sweeping deregulation, as – despite the current Labour leader’s best efforts – was the Trident decision this week