Behind The Lines

Once Boris Johnson won, it was clear the cabinet would be remade to suit his agenda. He jettisoned half the team and brought Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab, Michael Gove and Priti Patel into the top tier, but he also drew on the Tory Party’s network of right-wing activists and social media gurus. (More…)

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It could have changed Europe. Negotiating to join the EU since 2005, Turkey’s aspirations, though still a government priority, could not be further from reality today. (More…)

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You have to be told that you’re crossing the border. Nothing, except a change in lane-divider paint colour, marks the once-militarised line between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. (More…)

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Three decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back. Not as an economic power. Western sanctions have seen to that. But as a military power. (More…)

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Blame it on the climate crisis. That’s what the German press has done. Winning 20.5% of the national vote in this year’s EU elections, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (the Greens) nearly doubled their 2014 showing. (More…)

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Salvini is always the winner. Peruse most major news media on the 2019 EU elections, and when you hit Italy, it’s always the case. (More…)

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At least German pollsters had gotten it right. There was no populist sweep of the country’s parliamentary seats in the 2019 EU elections. (More…)

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I could see Istanbul from the plane. Staring out of the Cessna window at the sprawling city below, from the coastline to the horizon, it was hard to believe that there was anything else to Turkey. (More…)

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The corpses of security guards lay strewn among broken glass and crumpled cars on Via Fani. A dead body, displayed in fetal position, in the trunk of a red Renault 4 and a dejected, thin-faced man with a wry smile posed before the flag of his captors. (More…)

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