Britain May Back Boris to Get Brexit Done

Dec 10, 2019

Just days before the December 12 election, The Guardian’s opinion poll tracker finds the Tories to “have a significant lead” over Labour even as support for the Liberal Democrats and the Brexit Party has slumped. In recent years, opinion polls have been notoriously unreliable. Rob Watson,...

The News Media’s Piano Lacks a Sustain Pedal
Dec 10, 2019

The News Media’s Piano Lacks a Sustain Pedal

Scandinavia’s #MeToo Problem
Dec 10, 2019

Scandinavia’s #MeToo Problem

The Climate Within the Brexit Election
Dec 10, 2019

The Climate Within the Brexit Election

In Britain’s Election, the Future of Human Rights Is at Stake

In Britain’s Election, the Future of Human Rights Is at Stake

Dec 09, 2019

When Boris Johnson became prime minister in July, he assembled the most aggressively anti-human rights cabinet in decades. The current home secretary, Priti Patel, wants to bring back the death penalty. The chancellor, Sajid Javid, as a former home secretary, deported British citizens to the US...

Britain Faces a Historic Election

Britain Faces a Historic Election

Dec 09, 2019

Elections are almost invariably termed historic. For once, the use of the term is not an exaggeration. When British voters go to the polls on December 12, they will indeed be making a historic choice. Scroll down to read more in this 360° series British democracy has been...

The UK Election: What About Foreign Policy?

The UK Election: What About Foreign Policy?

Dec 09, 2019

In the frenzy and fury of yet another UK election that whirls and swirls around Brexit, our politicians are dancing in a conga line of counter-accusations, misinformation and outright lies. Savvy political pundits and sage pollsters assess and debate the direction of travel of the conga line. And...

Has Macron Given NATO a Much Needed Wake-Up Call?

Has Macron Given NATO a Much Needed Wake-Up Call?

Dec 05, 2019

In a recent interview with The Economist, French President Emmanuel Macron shocked fellow NATO allies by calling the organization “brain dead.” His words, described as “astonishingly candid,” received a harsh rebuke from Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as from Turkey’s...

Trump Arrives in Europe With a New Trade War

Trump Arrives in Europe With a New Trade War

Dec 04, 2019

Profiting from his return to Europe to celebrate the 70th anniversary of NATO, US President Donald Trump used the platform to launch the opening salvos in a new skirmish in his endlessly improvised “America First” trade wars. On the same day, we learn that Brazil and Argentina are also under...

Anti-Semitism Continues to Be a Steady Feature Among Germany’s Radicals

Anti-Semitism Continues to Be a Steady Feature Among Germany’s Radicals

Dec 03, 2019

The suspect in the terrorist attack on a synagogue in the German city of Halle in October, 27-year-old Stephan B., was driven by anti-Semitism and a radical-right worldview. After the murder of Walter Lübcke in June, this was the second deadly radical-right terrorist attack this year to shake...

It’s Time for a New Global Movement

It’s Time for a New Global Movement

When arguing that political parties cannot solve global issues such as climate change, nuclear proliferation and fiscal justice, and that we need a new global movement capable of pushing forward concrete solutions and harness the energies of the youth, we meet a few “deniers.” Critiques of...

The Real Glue-Trapping Scandal

The Real Glue-Trapping Scandal

Dec 02, 2019

Over centuries, Europeans have developed local traditions that define the economy, the arts and the rituals of daily life. Those traditions sometimes belong to nations or are spread across the entire continent. Sometimes they are very local and remain unknown beyond a small region. The...

Germany’s East-West Divide Fuels the Far Right

Germany’s East-West Divide Fuels the Far Right

Nov 28, 2019

In September, citizens of the former East German states of Brandenburg and Saxony headed to the polls to elect their new legislatures. The results were, on the one hand, a breath of fresh air for traditional parties, in particular the Social Democrats (SPD) who, following a series of disastrous...

The Guardian’s Bombshell and Jeremy Corbyn’s Wounds

The Guardian’s Bombshell and Jeremy Corbyn’s Wounds

Nov 27, 2019

Although their arsenals are clearly non-nuclear, the popular media across the English-speaking world have acquired a taste for bombarding their readers with “bombshells.” Prime offenders in the US are MSNBC, CNN and Fox News but also the staid Gray Lady herself (The New York Times). In the UK,...

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