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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If I were young and Scottish, I would vote yes to independence

The country is certainly strong enough to stand on its own

The rise of Paul Flowers offers a textbook example of cronyism

He was sped to his position by indulgences typical in the British elite

We are ruled by an ‘out-of-touch, moneyed elite’. But their advantages might actually help

The seriously wealthy may be less vulnerable to either flattery or mega-bucks

Drivers, don’t be bashful about national stereotyping – it saves lives

A Dutch car will be stolidly law-abiding; a British driver’s main fault abroad is timidity

Old-fashioned diplomacy is back, but it is already out of time

Diplomatic mechanisms may not be able to address the worst global problems

Some commentators have suggested that Merkel might be unable to find a coalition partner and be forced to call fresh elections

If even Merkel attracts ‘black widow spider’ sexism, what hope is there for the rest of us?

Merkel was compared to the creature - but would such a comparison have been made in the case of a male politician?

Angela Merkel celebrates victory

A stunning victory – but Merkel will keep calm and carry on

It's unlikely the Chancellor will throw caution to the wind in her third term

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he leaves the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in the Novgorod Region

Syria crisis: After diplomatic triumph in Geneva, an upbeat Putin allows Russian opposition a rare public hearing

Mary Dejevsky observes the cheerful Russian President, close up (but a little late) in Valdai

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov reached a deal with the US in Geneva, but French meetings made less progress

Russia oppose US threats to keep the Assad deal in place

Far from celebrating a return to the world stage, the mood in Moscow is apprehensive

One health check, two locations, no doctor. Who really benefits?

The fact that this free over-40s health check doesn’t involve any actual doctor sends a certain message about how seriously it is taken by the health professionals 

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