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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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?

Tower Hamlets analysis by Mary Dejevsky: We take electoral integrity for granted

It’s nine years now since a deputy High Court judge, Richard Mawrey, ordered new elections in two council wards in Birmingham after finding “electoral fraud that would disgrace a banana republic”. One consequence was a rather leisurely attempt to tighten procedures for postal voting. The reported goings-on in the London borough of Tower Hamlets this time round suggest that not enough has changed.

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC, USA, 27 May 2014. Obama discussed the US drawdown in Afghanistan.

Welcome to the age of post-interventionism

Military intervention in other countries is not the only way for America to show its strength

Nick Clegg giving a speech on international development in London on Wednesday

Lord Oakeshott resigns from Lib Dems: Clegg is a leader with a good track record – if only he told us

Any political defeat brings the knives out. And a defeat that was, on the face of it, as comprehensive as the one suffered by the Liberal Democrats in the latest local and European elections was bound to prompt recriminations and the infighting at which the Liberal Democrats have long excelled. With a prominent peer, Matthew Oakeshott, commissioning his own polling from the sidelines and the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, called upon for periodic interventions from China, the Lib Dems’ post-election melee has taken on the theatricality of a radio farce.  

A pro-Russian militant test-fires an anti-tank weapon preparing to fight against Ukrainian government troops at a checkpoint blocking the major highway which links Kharkiv, outside Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, May 18, 2014. Lawmakers and officials from eastern Ukraine on Saturday poured criticism on the fledging central government, accusing it of ignoring legitimate grievances of the regions which have been overrun by pro-Russia militia fighting for independence.

‘New’ and ‘Old’ Europe are at loggerheads

So many of the gains made in Europe, Russia and the US have been lost thanks to how we all handled the Ukrainian crisis

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