Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are self-declared champions of national sovereignty. File photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama’s view of Britain is soured by the former US president’s part-Kenyan ancestry. African states would gain from the return of white colonia(...)

Residents who support a united Spain give their farewell to Spanish police officer leaving the Pineda de Mar hotels in Barcelona. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

Most of today’s nations emerged from the dissolution of empires. Nationalisms now threaten the dissolution of states. The independence movement in Cat(...)

The process of government under Theresa May (right) will become more formal and be better for it. In temperament she is not too far from Germany’s Angela Merkel. Photo credit:  OLI SCARFF,THIERRY CHARLIER/AFP/Getty Images

One by one, the rivals to replace David Cameron were found out. Boris Johnson, a chancer who thinks a smattering of schoolboy Latin fair substitute fo(...)

So here is a potential positive to a Brexit. Progress on so many fronts may more easily take place without such an obstructive and important member of the “family” present. Photograph: Getty Images

Maybe de Gaulle was right to reject British membership of the EU in the 1960s, on the grounds that Britain was too insular and non-European in outlook(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras: his Syriza administration has been “fuelled by a ruinous concoction of Marxist ideology, an abiding narrative of victimhood and breathtaking incompetence”.   Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

The organising fact of modern policy-making is that the urgent tends to obscure the important. The urgent in this case is the cliffhanger over whether(...)

UK Labour Party  ‘still in deep shock after its defeat and the UK’s future figures little in its current leadership contest’ ....   contender Andy Burnham (right) speaks as fellow contenders  listen during a hustings Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

‘Can we still save the union?” Stephen Heseler asks the question in a pamphlet published by the Federal Trust in London, entitled The United Kingdom, (...)

“The ‘euro’ though has become almost a toxic issue of debate in certain quarters in Britain.”

‘In der Ruhe liegt die Kraft’ is reputed to be one of the favourite mottos of the recently re-elected German chancellor. Pilloried by many in the Brit(...)