Our strong sense is that our competitors – we cite France particularly – are more focussed on choosing nominees who might be expected to advance national interests on the world stage.
If we are to grow as a nation and pay for public services we need to encourage entrepreneurs and support businesses – not make life harder for them and kick them in the teeth.
British politicians are more than capable of committing blunders, but so too are their continental opposite numbers.
Macron was right to say that while Queen Elizabeth was our Queen, to the world she was The Queen. That this became so wasn’t inevitable. How and why did it happen?
The global rebound in 2021 was 6.1 per cen,t and this year the IMF expects global growth of 3.2 per cent followed by 2.9 per cent next. These forecasts may prove optimistic.
With the global population exploding and relative power of the west declining, we should reduce our dependence on the kindness of strangers.
Since at least 2008, he has been striving to ‘Make Russia Great Again’ through the old Tsarist gambit of ‘strategic depth.’
I predicted that he would struggle. Now calls for a Sixth Republic may become louder – and the next President may be a Marxist or Le Pen.
it is almost impossible to disentangle any effect from the much larger shock resulting from pandemic and war.
Last week’s confidence vote leaves the Government right about the Protocol’s operability but less capable of acting to improve it.
The Government should learn from how Johnson got the trains to run on time when he was Mayor of London.
The recent drive, apparently coordinated between Paris and Berlin, to push Ukraine for a compromise settlement must be resisted.
It is an essential British interest that Putin’s efforts to split Germany, France and Italy from the front line states fails.
Both countries look set to continue to rub along uneasily, mixing elements of cooperation and competition along the way.
France’s intractable divisions between left, right, and centre were once again highlighted by Sunday’s election.