EU

Forget ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ — what we need is an open Brexit

24 June 2017 9:00 am

The unexpected outcome of the general election has led some to hope that a weakened government will be forced to…

Evgeny Kissin in 1993

‘The Western establishment is betraying its values’: Evgeny Kissin interview

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The great, enigmatic pianist has always divided critics. He talks to Damian Thompson about his heretical opinions on Horowitz, Israel and Brexit

Why hasn't the Remain dog barked in this election?

10 June 2017 9:00 am

The hopes of those who want Britain to stay in the EU have been dashed by this election. There has…

Folly by Phyllida Barlow, British Pavilion, Venice, 2017

Huge, diverse and yet monotonous, the Venice Biennale is very like the EU

20 May 2017 9:00 am

‘Are you enjoying the Biennale?’ is a question one is often asked while patrolling the winding paths of the Giardini…

The EU leaders’ tactics are intended to affect our general election

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s main Brexit negotiator, tweeted on Monday: ‘Any #Brexit deal requires a strong & stable understanding…

The National Trust is compromised by its own success

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Cadbury and the National Trust stand accused of taking the Easter out of Easter eggs. The Trust’s ‘Easter Egg Trail’…

For Theresa May, the real fight really does start now

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Most people are glad to see the end of a referendum campaign, but the losing side always wants to keep…

Britain and the EU probably will reach a trade deal. Here’s why

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Despite the bluster, both sides need one

Europe should follow Britain’s lead on refugees

25 March 2017 9:00 am

When a humanitarian tragedy disappears from our newspapers, there are two possibilities: that the crisis is over and life for…

Jean-Claude Juncker is now the hardest Brexiter there is

25 March 2017 9:00 am

The best thing about being a Remainer is obviously the dinner parties, where we all sit around being incredibly well-heeled…

What shocks me about the BBC: occasionally it isn’t biased

25 March 2017 9:00 am

There’s one thing that bothers me a lot about the letter sent by ‘more than 70’ MPs to the director-general…

A nest of vipers forced into a skirt and cardigan: Imelda Staunton as Martha in ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

Prejudiced pap for Remainer elitists: Dorfman Theatre's My Country reviewed

25 March 2017 9:00 am

No one should complain that My Country; a work in progress is a grim night out. It’s rare for a…

Why we should all tune in to Russia Today

25 March 2017 9:00 am

A cloudless sky, crunchy spring snow, longer, warmer days. I’ve finally got in some good skiing, twisting around moguls like…

The charms of old Paris – and the naughtiest girl of the 20th century

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Paris used to be the most self-confident city in the world. Brash, assertive, boastful: Manhattan claimed to be the best.…

Theresa May is fighting a war on two fronts - any mistakes could be fatal

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May is fighting a war on two fronts, and there is no room for mistakes

The cruel criminal industry that thrives around Britain’s Cypriot bases

18 March 2017 9:00 am

British territory in Cyprus is the centre of a cruel criminal industry that we seem unable – or unwilling – to stop

The romance – and importance – of independent bookshops

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Oh dear. Usually writers who contribute to these diaries start with something like, ‘To Paris. To launch my novel at…

Why I doubt the warm words about Vauxhall and Brexit

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Budget week also turned out to be a week of notable deals. PSA, French owner of Peugeot and Citroën, went…

Austerity has turned honest Greeks into criminals

11 March 2017 9:00 am

A lousy fortnight if ever there was one. Two great friends, Lord Belhaven and Stenton and Aleko Goulandris, had their…

London Stock Exchange picked the wrong year for a pan-European merger

4 March 2017 9:00 am

The marriage of the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse may not be stone dead but that’s the way to…

From now on, I’ll greet Brexiteers with a grin

4 March 2017 9:00 am

I’m cheering up about Brexit. The moaning has to stop. Why be downhearted and edgy when you’re confident of your…

The wonder of Japan

25 February 2017 9:00 am

From my chalet high up above the village, I look up at the immense, glistening mountain range of the Alps,…

One good thing about bank closures: they could give the Co-op a new job

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Many thanks to the stampede of readers who sent news of bank branch closures. There’s certainly a national pattern, and…

The French election is now Marine Le Pen vs a collapsing French establishment

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Whether it’s liberal reforms with Macron or nationalism with Le Pen, the French seem about to vote for radical change. That doesn’t mean they’ll get it

Now we'll find out who's really serious about free trade

28 January 2017 9:00 am

After any other US election it would cause little comment that the new president had chosen the British Prime Minister…