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The West’s fear of global trade is not found anywhere else in the world

We live in an age of acute economic anxiety. Yet it is an anxiety that, for now, is almost wholly confined to the advanced...

UK budget deficit narrows in boost for Philip Hammond

Britain’s public sector spending deficit dropped to its lowest August total since 2007 after an increase in VAT revenues and a squeeze on local...

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Boris Johnson forced May’s hand on EU, claim Tories as cabinet truce unravels

The fragile cabinet truce over Europe was already fracturing on Saturday night as allies of Boris Johnson declared that the foreign secretary had forced...

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017: how to improve on history

Theres a group thats not a group, a movement that doesnt call itself a movement, an affinity of architects, a constellation as one of...

German election: polls open amid fears over surge of far-right AfD

Polls have opened in Germany for an election that could serve a bittersweet victory for incumbent chancellor Angela Merkel. While Merkel is widely expected...

Michael O’Leary: a gift for controversy and an eye on the bottom line

There’s an old story about Michael O’Leary that sums up the outspoken boss of Ryanair. Former Aer Lingus chief executive Willie Walsh, now supremo...
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United Kingdom

Boris Johnson forced May’s hand on EU, claim Tories as cabinet...

The fragile cabinet truce over Europe was already fracturing on Saturday night as allies of Boris Johnson declared that the foreign secretary had forced...

Michael O’Leary: a gift for controversy and an eye on the...

There’s an old story about Michael O’Leary that sums up the outspoken boss of Ryanair. Former Aer Lingus chief executive Willie Walsh, now supremo...

AA has been a bit of a car crash – can...

The AA has been a bit of a car crash recently, and this week investors will be hoping for signs that it is getting...

Europe

German election: polls open amid fears over surge of far-right AfD

Polls have opened in Germany for an election that could serve a bittersweet victory for incumbent chancellor Angela Merkel. While Merkel is widely expected...

Thousands join Mélenchon protest in Paris against Macron’s labour reforms

Thousands of demonstrators heeded a call by the hard-left leader Jean-Luc Mlenchon to demonstrate their opposition to the governments labour law reforms. The leader of...

The Observer view on Catalan independence

Referendums are the blunt instrument ofdemocracy, means that do not always will their expected end. Britain, surveying the inchoate aftermath of Brexit, is learning...

The view from Madrid: anger and sadness as Catalans prepare for...

It was chance that made Ana Luque Sillero a native of Madrid and her cousins Catalan. Their parents all left southern Spain decades ago...

Paul Manafort: why Trump’s old ally could hold the key in...

When Paul Manafort, the former Washington super-lobbyist, bought an apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan for $3.7m in 2006, there was no reason at...

Germany faces first far-right party in parliament since second world war

Germany is bracing itself for a watershed moment in its postwar history, with an overtly nationalist party is set to emphatically enter the country’s...

Americas

Middle East

Saudi Arabia allows women into stadium as it steps up reforms

Saudi Arabia has allowed women into the national stadium for the first time as it launched celebrations to mark the 87th anniversary of its...

Iran defies Washington as it announces successful missile test

Iran has said it successfully tested a new medium-range missile, in defiance of warnings from the US that such activities were grounds for abandoning...

Saudi cleric banned for saying women’s brains ‘a quarter the size’...

A Saudi cleric who said women should not drive because their brains shrink to a quarter the size of a man’s when they go...

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Africa

No laughing matter: Cameroon students face 10 years in jail for...

Human rights groups are calling for the immediate release of three students given 10-year jail sentences in Cameroon for sharing a joke via text...