Populism

Macron vs Salvini: the ideological battle for Europe’s future

8 September 2018 9:00 am

An ideological battle for Europe’s future is under way

Sweden’s political panic attack

1 September 2018 9:00 am

As violent crime soars, the Sweden Democrats gather support

The more extreme the left’s screeches, the greater the populist surge

28 July 2018 9:00 am

The latest exciting news is that it may very soon be possible for surgeons to perform uterine transplants, so endowing…

The limitations of left-wing hacks

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Oh, to be in England, and almost die of heat after the Austrian Alps. Yes, Sarah Sands was right in…

Matteo Salvini, Giuseppe Conte, Luigi Di Maio and Giancarlo Giorgetti attend the first session of the council of ministers.

Matteo Salvini’s decision to turn away a migrant rescue ship is an historic moment

16 June 2018 9:00 am

The refusal by Italy’s new ‘populist’ coalition government of the alt-left Five Star Movement and the hard right Lega to…

Sebastian Kurz, 31, the youngest national leader in the world

Young, dynamic – and a pragmatist: meet Sebastian Kurz

24 March 2018 4:00 am

Austria’s young Chancellor is building bridges with the populists, writes William Cook

Steve Bannon interview: “I’m fascinated by Mussolini”

17 March 2018 9:00 am

An interview with Steve Bannon

Italy’s election result shouldn’t be a shock. The populist revolution has just begun

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Why aren’t children called Roger any more? I wondered this when reading about the sad death of Sir Roger Bannister.…

Crying wolf on the far right in Europe

28 October 2017 9:00 am

This book is an exercise in crying wolf that utterly fails to prove its main thesis: that Europe is abandoning…

Did my father predict the populist revolts of the last year?

8 April 2017 9:00 am

I’ve just made a programme for Radio 4 about the populist revolts that swept Britain and America last year. Were…

Should conservatives fear new working-class support? Some clearly do

25 March 2017 9:00 am

In America, an argument has broken out among journalists, writers and intellectuals in the aftermath of the presidential election about…

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

Populism vs post-democracy

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Europeans are usually alarmed or sniffy about American concern for democracy’s fate, but this time liberal opinion on both sides…

Lesson of 2016: if you address people's concerns, "populism" goes away

10 December 2016 9:00 am

When The Spectator was founded 188 years ago, it became part of what would now be described as a populist…

Thank God for Sir Philip Green, the perfect modern hate figure

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Good old Sir Philip Green. Where would we be without him? So often, those national hate figures let you down.…

Why the liberal left has declared war on TripAdvisor

23 July 2016 9:00 am

I went to a restaurant in Middlesbrough back in the spring. It’s called the Brasserie Hudson Quay and occupies a…

Beppe Grillo’s M5S is a Scientology-style cult

11 June 2016 9:00 am

The group behind Rome’s probable next mayor is a Scientology-style cult

Even fruitcakes and fascists are more popular than the flaccid centre

28 May 2016 9:00 am

A depression has settled on the Liddle household ever since Norbert Hofer narrowly failed in his bid to become the…

Coming to terms with Trump is like an early-stage cancer diagnosis

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Don’t blame the voters – this is a monster of the GOP’s making

How Hillary Clinton found her populist side (and why she’ll have to lose it)

18 April 2015 9:00 am

If you want to be the Democratic nominee, it’s populism or bust

Confusion, snobbery and Pegida – a letter from Dresden

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Sachsenschweine — Saxon pigs — said the graffiti as my train moved out of Berlin on its way to Dresden.…

Students at the Wartburg festival in October 1817, celebrating the tercentenary of the Reformation and the fourth anniversary of the Battle of Leipzig, cause panic in the courts of Europe

How a clumsy drummer started the 1848 revolutions

18 October 2014 9:00 am

There are hundreds of resounding ideas and shrewd precepts in Adam Zamoyski’s temperate yet splendidly provocative Phantom Terror. This is…

What Julius Caesar would have done about Nigel Farage

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Our politicians are desperately keen to turn the toast of the people, Nigel Farage, into toast himself. But is that…