European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker jokes with UKip leader Nigel Farage  in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images

As Britain’s prime minister David Cameron faced mounting criticism from within his own party about his draft reform agreement with the European Union,(...)

David Cameron: the prime minister claimed  he had confounded sceptics by achieving agreement on all his demands. Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Reuters

David Cameron has welcomed Donald Tusk’s proposals as “good terms” for Britain to remain in the European Union, claiming he had achieved all the dema(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Republican ideologues complain, is not a true conservative; indeed, he is a populist. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

Losers have votes, too. That is what democracy means – and rightly so. If they feel sufficiently cheated and humiliated, they will vote for Donald Tru(...)

Robert O’Neill: the man who killed Osama bin Laden. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Recently the media has focused on events in British and American universities in which students appear to be hostile to freedom of speech. It might su(...)

Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo: Solidarity founder Lech Walesa says her government “acts against our freedom, achievements, democracy”.Photo: REUTERS/Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta

Twenty-five years ago next month, the leaders of Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia gathered in the small Hungarian town of Visegrad on the banks of t(...)

Executive director of Britain Stronger in Europe Will Straw’s  arguments focused mainly on the risks to Britain’s economy and national security of leaving the EU, and on the failure of the Leave campaign to paint a plausible picture of life outside the EU. Photograph: Toby Melville/PA Wire

Arron Banks and Will Straw were a study in contrasts on Thursday morning as the co-founder of Leave.EU and the executive director of Britain Stronger (...)

David Cameron’s decision to allow cabinet ministers to campaign on either side of the referendum on EU membership may have been an unavoidable consequ(...)

The threat of multiple resignations from the David Cameron’s cabinet obliged the prime minister to cede ground on key campaign issue. Photograph: Reuters

David Cameron’s decision to allow ministers to choose sides in Britain’s EU referendum is, like the referendum itself, a consequence of his limited au(...)

Dutch right-wing anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders:  warned that Dutch workers faced being priced out of their jobs. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/AFP/Getty Images

It’s an indication of the enormous gap between perception and reality when it comes to potentially explosive issues such as immigration that a new su(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Randall Hill/Reuters

A day after Republican candidate Donald J Trump called for a ban on the entry of Muslims into the United States, much of the rest of the world looked (...)