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Something strange and possibly wonderful is happening to British public opinion. Even as the UK Independence Party is enjoying a disruptive moment not seen in politics since the la...(full article)

Britain's democracy did not come from civil society programs taught by human rights workers; it was the offshoot of bloody dynastic politics and uprisings in the medieval and early...(full article)

The in campaign will be run by a consensual, passionate businessperson or statesman. They will offer guarantees of reform and their campaign will be showered with money – som...(full article)

Despite a range of challenges and threats, EU member states show little sign of developing a robust, unified foreign policy anytime soon. Four major weaknesses are to blame....(full article)

The government’s stance on immigration is a source of much shame for many MEPs in Europe....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The EU's Arrogant Misunderstanding of UK - Philip Johnston, Telegraph

Europe has changed beyond recognition from the organisation that Britain signed up to....

Sovereignty Issues Push EU to the Brink - Gideon Rachman, FT

Control of borders and budgets are two of the most traditional powers of the nation....

The U.S. Can Teach Britain on Federalism - Bruce Katz, Brookings

Devolution is in the air in the UK. In a remarkable turn of events, Britain’s political parties are competing over how, not whether, to devolve power to cities and metropolit...

British Vote on Palestine Won't Change Much - Azriel Bermant, Guardian

Britain would probably do better by taking its cue from the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who has a stronger grasp of the realities in the region, and has called for a r...

Lessons for America from Britain's Imperial Troubles - G. Rachman, FT

Britain was directly or indirectly involved in the fighting in many of these wars during the years 1919-1920. Their locations sound familiar: Afghanistan, Waziristan, Iraq, Ukraine...

Britain Breaks Its Promise to Afghanistan - Economist

In Helmand, where his enraptured Labour predecessor said the “future of world security” would be decided, Mr Cameron reiterated his belief that battling jihadism was the “str...

The Identity Crisis of Britain's Youth - Paul Mason, The Guardian

There is a political vacuum in working-class Glagow, which is echoed in English and Welsh cities and across southern Europe....

Scotland Vote Illustrates Britain's Decline - Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

When growth, trade, and leadership in the world no longer draw the country together, then people begin to focus on what drives them apart: who’s getting how big a share of th...

UK Needs a Constitutional Convention - Natalie Bennett, New Statesman

More than 200 years ago the Founding Fathers of the United States of America drew up a blueprint for the governance of their newly-independent nation. Nothing less than a project o...

David Cameron Wants a British Revolution - Peter Oborne, The Telegraph

The truth is that English votes for English laws, along with the Devo Max pledged to Scotland last week, amount to greatest revolution in the way that Britain is governed since the...

Brussels Gives Criminals an Open Door to Britain - Daily Mail

Just what does it take for a foreign criminal armed with an EU passport to be turned away by the British authorities?...

Scotland's Velvet Revolution - Suzanne Moore, The Guardian

Ignore the strange dry-eyed weeping from the English – it’s nothing more than British imperialism. Now is the time to take a leap toward self-rule....

No Country for Old Money - The Economist

It was a Scot, David Hume, who in a 1748 essay set out the first coherent theory of the links between money, inflation and growth. And it is a Scottish idea, the joint-stock bank t...

What Canada Can Teach UK on Independence - N. Richler, New Statesman

In the fortnight in which one of Franklin’s lost ships was found in the Canadian arctic, and Scotland – like Quebec before it – is voting on independence, the par...

London's Toxic Relations With the Rest of Britain - The Guardian

The concentration on London politics, arts, sport and media creates a mindset unfamiliar to and unfathomable by many outside the capital. And with the cost of living in London proh...

After Beheading, Britain Must Keep Its Cool - The Guardian

The killing of Mr Haines was not an act of revenge. It was an act of provocation. Like the two murders of the American journalists, it was designed to frighten and to inflame....

Give Britain Another Chance - The Guardian

Inescapably, the question of national identity is near the heart of next week’s vote. Scotland’s voters must give their answer to the question – who exactly are w...

Security Challenges of Independent Scotland - Dan Mahaffee, RCW

Once a political improbability, the voices of independence seem to grow stronger and stronger in Scotland.  As the Scots prepare to go to the polls on Sept. 18, questions about Sc...

Politics as Usual Is Over in Britain - John Harris, The Guardian

From Falkirk to Clacton, a wide spectrum of people are singularly disaffected by the traditional parties....

British Reserve Could Cost the Union - Fraser Nelson, The Telegraph

Using passionate, heartfelt language about one’s country is not very British. But the lack of it has left the Scottish nationalists as the only ones talking in powerful, emotive ...

UK Must Deliver on Great Commission Post - Peter Wilding, Euractiv

Jonathan Hill’s appointment to an influential portfolio provides an opportunity for the UK to work for the British people who see reform and change in the EU, not defeat and ...

The Whole of Britain Needs a Say in Its Future - Daily Telegraph

The growing support for independence has been matched by concessions that have consequences not just for the Scots....

Can a Royal Baby Save British Union? - James Kirkup, Daily Telegraph

Another Royal baby is on the way. First things first: this is, primarily, a story of simple joy and happiness for a young family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are, presumably,...

UK Braces for a Nail-Biter in Scotland - Catherine Mayer, Time

The London-based government of the United Kingdom has never paid sufficient attention to Scotland. This idea, which campaigners for Scottish independence say underpins their case, ...

The Ghostly Figures in Britain's Shadowlands - Fraser Nelson, Telegraph

The system is failing those at the bottom of society, as the report into child grooming in Rotherham shows....

Why Canada Cares More About the War of 1812 - Ishaan Tharoor, WaPo

The war played out in fits and starts along the shores of the Great Lakes, with soldiers succumbing to disease, hunger and the bitter cold almost as much as the bullets and bayonet...

A Step Closer to a British Exit from EU? - Peter Sutherland, Project Syn.

The referendum on Scottish independence, due on September 18, comes at a time of growing opposition in the United Kingdom to remaining in the European Union. This is significa...

The Sad, Dark End of the British Empire - Richard Halloran, Politico Mag

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Britain had dominion over so many portions of the Earth it was said, famously, that “the sun never set on the British Empire.”...

Divided Scotland Confronts Independence Vote - C. Scheuermann, Spiegel

Traveling through Scotland, you might think the result of September's independence referendum is a foregone conclusion. "Yes" signs are everywhere. But surveys tell a different sto...

Is Alex Salmond's Heir Apparent? - George Kerevan, The Scotsman

His decision to shift the emphasis of the Yes campaign on to the future of the NHS could prove decisive. Neither Labour nor the Conservatives can balance the UK books in the future...

British Voters Should Take a Look Across the Channel - Daily Telegraph

Anyone thinking of voting Labour in next year’s general election in the hope of seeing Ed Miliband in No 10 need only look across the Channel to be disabused of such foolhard...

Why Big Whisky Is Worried in Scotland - Benedyk & Kirka, Associated Press

Whisky makers and many other businesses are worried about the risks involved in finding themselves overnight in a new country with, among other things, a different currency....

It's Time to Stop British Jihadists - Daily Telegraph

Western reaction to the territorial conquests made by Isil in Iraq and Syria has been uncertain and disjointed. “Humanitarian missions” have given way to air strikes. There has...

How Britain Became Yemen of the West - Andrew Gilligan, Daily Telegraph

Britain’s role as a chief exporter of terror was made horrifically clear this week. We examine the key failings of government and security forces that allowed home-grown jiha...

Britain's Jihad Problem - Financial Times

Although the sight of a British national belonging to the group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (or Isis) claiming responsibility for beheading a bound victim is calculated to...

English to Scots: Vote 'Yes' & It's Over Between Us - Alex Massie, Spectator

The clear message from this poll – which, of course, is only one survey and all that – is that the English take the view that if you want your independence you should have it. ...

How Britain Became a Jihadist Exporter - Douglas Murray, The Spectator

It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The standing man denounces the West and claims that his form of I...

Things Could Get Nasty After Scottish Vote - Martin Kettle, The Guardian

Despite what politicians want us to believe, the English may not be inclined to reward Scots if they vote to keep the union....

Odds of a Scottish 'Yes' Vote Fading Fast - Arkadiusz Wisniowski, Wash Post

Time is ticking away fast in campaigning for the referendum on Scottish independence. Interest in the referendum reached new heights on Aug. 5 with the televised debate between Ale...

Ferguson Is Not Iraq - Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review

The intention of these linguistic games is typically twofold. The first is reasonable: To point out that domestic coverage of foreign politics is often hopelessly simplistic. (One ...

Britain's Multicultural Foreign Policy - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

Britain is a multicultural nation and its minority communities are having an increasing influence on its voice in the world....

Cameron's Shifting Policy on Iraq - Financial Times

In his four years as prime minister, David Cameron has been quick to urge Britain to take a stand when international crises flare up. As Muammer Gaddafi’s Libyan regime threa...

Why Britain Created Mideast Monarchies - James Dawson, New Republic

Back in 1921 two brothers, Faisal and Abdullah (the sons of Hussein ibn Ali who lead the Arab Revolt), were rewarded by the British and made rulers of Mesopotamia and Transjordan r...

Cameron Must Get over Syria and Act on Iraq - Chris Huhne, The Guardian

Losing last year’s vote on military intervention cast a long shadow over government policy, but the situation in the Middle East requires action....

Are Dollar's Global Currency Days Numbered? - Santiago Villa, Espectador

It's not going to happen tomorrow, in a year or even five years. But it's conceivable, even likely, that within ten years, the U.S. dollar will cease to become the reference curren...

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