Mary Dejevsky

One of the country’s most respected commentators on Russia, the EU and the US, Mary Dejevsky has worked as a foreign correspondent all over the world, including Washington, Paris and Moscow. She is now the chief editorial writer and a columnist at The Independent and regularly appears on radio and television. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham.

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Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland speaks at the Commonwealth Games media centre

Things might not be looking good for Alex Salmond, but Scotland needs its leader to fight until the end

Resentment will be greater if the Yes side feel that their leaders let them down

Russian President Putin has said that MH17 should not be used for

This is as much as a catastrophe for Putin as it is everyone else

Russia has done everything but admit guilt, although it could soon find itself with nowhere to hide

Bob Kerslake: being forced out of his job after less than two years, having 'failed' to implement changes in Whitehall

It’s time for the Civil Service to start looking outwards

And a boss with business experience won’t hurt

Chris Froome and his Sky team take to the roads of Yorkshire yesterday for a practice run

You didn’t have to be roadside in Yorkshire this week to realise that England is changing

There was a sense of identity and pride - the future is local

Could this sight soon become a thing of the past in the UK?

The French ban on the niqab has been upheld. Quite right too

And perhaps it is time the British followed suit

Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey yesterday, before hearing that the jury had failed to reach verdicts on the two outstanding charges against him

The Coulson affair has reinforced some of the more damaging misgivings about David Cameron’s leadership

Andy Coulson was an excellent media manager, but he did not deserve such loyalty

David Cameron walks past Jose Manuel Barroso, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Jean-Claude Juncker and Angela Merkel during at last night's summit in Brussels

David Cameron looks powerless on Europe. Can he salvage anything from Juncker-gate?

The stand-off has presented Britain, not for the first time, against almost everyone else

Anna Politkovskaya campaigned fearlessly against Russia’s conduct of the war in Chechnya

Who really did kill Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya?

The conviction of five men for the contract-killing of the Kremlin critic has not revealed who ordered the hit

William Hague and Angelina Jolie attend the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict at ExCel in London

Has the Foreign Office lost its voice?

Once we invaded at the drop of a hat, now Hague poses for pictures with film stars as Iraq goes up in flames

The anachronism of the Queen’s Speech was never more apparent than when she started discussing plastic bags

Is no one capable of translating the Government’s language into something more queenly?

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