British prime minister Boris Johnson has claimed that the EU was ‘pursuing a similar goal to Hitler in trying to create a powerful superstate’, and that the plucky English Brexiteers would ‘set the country free’. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

“To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” The German philosopher Theodor Adorno made this statement for the first time in 1949. It implies at lea(...)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: the MP is often referred to as the honourable member for the 18th century, ‘a nod to those funny clothes he wears, along with pretending not to know’ any pop songs.  Photograph: Colin McPherson/Corbis/Getty

Adoring colleagues on the right of the British Conservative Party hang on Jacob Rees-Mogg’s every word in the House of Commons, considering him one of(...)

British prime minister Theresa May and   European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Anglo-Irish relations are likely to get very fraught in the absence of a shared EU space. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty Images

It is good to see Irish concerns about the impact of Brexit being given time, thought and focus, and it was necessary and welcome for those concerns t(...)

Traders  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange recently. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

It has proved to be an eventful year in financial markets. Fears of global deflation led the S&P 500 to suffer its worst start to a year in histor(...)

RBS analyst Andrew Roberts, who instructed clients to “sell everything” in January

For some investors there is nothing quite as sickening as all-time highs. If one includes dividends, the S&P 500 hit fresh all-time highs last we(...)

A 36.6-metre (120-foot) tall gold-colored statue of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong is surrounded by farmland in Tongxu County in central China’s Henan province. According to Chinese state media, businessmen and local villagers contributed nearly 3 million yuan ($457,000) to build the cement statue. Photograph: Chinatopix via AP
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Image of the week: The Golden Mao It’s not every day that a 36.6m (120 ft) gold-painted figure of a man gets erected in the middle of farmland in c(...)

The Battle of Waterloo was fought 200 years ago, on June 18th, 1815. Above, Napoleon’s retreat from the Battle of Waterloo. Image: After a painting by Steuben. Photograph by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Duke of Wellington never did say about his Irish birth “just because you are born in a stable does not make you a horse”. It was said by Daniel O(...)