A statue of Alexander Hamilton on the grounds of St Luke's Episcopal Church in New York.  Photograph: Byron Smith/The New York Times

The question has lingered around the edges of the pop-culture ascendancy of Alexander Hamilton: Did the 10-dollar founding father, celebrated in the m(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty

I am a fan of neither hip-hop nor musical theatre but on a birthday treat for my daughter to see the musical Hamilton last year, I was enthralled from(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron: Germany and France have proposed a €500 billion fund for European economies hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Francois Mori

A joint Franco-German plan for a recovery fund to dig Europe out of the economic crash caused by the coronavirus pandemic may constitute a breakthroug(...)

Donald Trump’s trial opens in the Senate today. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images.

The US Senate on Tuesday may begin to hear opening arguments in an impeachment trial to determine whether to remove President Donald Trump from office(...)

Supporters of the  impeachment of US president Donald Trump in front of the US Capitol on Wednesday. Photograph:   Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The US House of Representatives is set to vote on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump on charges that he abused the power of his office and ob(...)

Any impeachment trial  is likely to deepen the political divisions in the country. Photograph: EPA/Michael Reynolds

This week Donald Trump’s inexorable slide towards impeachment was confirmed, as House speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that charges against him sho(...)

 Nancy Pelosi has beacked an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. Photograph: Getty Images

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that the House would launch a formal impeachment inquiry in response to the dispute over US president Donald(...)

Globalisation was always about much more than increased trade. Its origins lie in the liberalisation of finance and the weakening of nation states. Photograph: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty

Is the era of globalisation coming to an end? Are we moving to an increasingly multipolar world? Will existing global institutions be replaced by new (...)

Trump and Xi: for all of the president’s Twitter criticisms of foreign competition, American GDP per head is still more than seven times China’s.  Photograph: Thomas Peter/Pool/Getty

If – and I use that word carefully – there is any substance to Donald Trump’s ideas about global trade it is to be found in the notion that China is s(...)

Deserving of a standing ovation? The cast of Hamilton – Michael Jibson, Terera Giles, Rachel John, Jason Pennycooke and Cleve September – attend the Olivier Awards nominations celebration in London earlier this month. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Sitting in the waiting room of a magistrates court among a group of anxious defendants a few weeks ago, I was surprised to find on a plastic bench an (...)

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