Cuba was already changing before Castro’s death. The transfer of power to his brother eight years ago brought shorter speeches and tentative market reforms
She faced down Boris Johnson over water cannons for London, and then had the Machiavellian bravado to appoint him Foreign Secretary. That seemed strategic, even if the cards haven't played out yet – but some of her other choices look shoddy and unencouraging
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?
Is it any wonder that Russia is boosting its air defences in Kaliningrad? They see the Western moves as aggressive and theirs as defensive. We see it the other way round
Branding Trump an apologist for the Kremlin is a set piece of the Clinton campaign, even though the pair have never met. But he has a handle on what drives Putin – one hardscrabble bruiser, perhaps, recognises another
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?
It is perverse in the extreme to encourage school diversity and choice to the point of allowing pretty much anyone to set up a new 'free' school, then to allow selection on all sorts of criteria – sports, music – but to ban absolutely the most basic selection of all: by academic ability
Whatever happens next in terms of structures and international arrangements, the UK’s detachment from the EU could usher in a period of cultural rebirth
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
There is an opening, now the EU issue is decided, if not to branch out, then to take stock and at do some tidying up
Campaigners on behalf of the families of fallen soldiers could have been expected to be among the sharpest critics of Chilcot. They were largely appreciative yesterday
After talk of a second referendum it should now be clear there is no going back
The aftermath of the referendum has exposed weaknesses in our parliamentary system, our constitution and our democracy