The Brexit crunch approaches

Thorny issues remain unresolved as the transition period comes to a close. Yet the hurdles to a deal are not insurmountable

Nigeria: the great black hope at 60

Surviving poverty, corruption and state brutality, the nation-building project of Africa’s cultural superpower still inspires hope in its citizens

György Lukács: the backlash

By closing the intellectual’s archive, the Orbàn regime has shown its intent: to suppress complex history, erode academia and censor criticism

What did the Stoics ever do for us?

If resilience sounds like something you might be able to benefit from at present, Stoicism might be just the thing for you

Meritocracy makes a new ruling class

Innovation has often come from hard work by unlettered people. But young progressives now seem to treat education as a proxy for virtue

Rebuilding the Red Wall tier by tier

A case of buyer’s remorse? The “useless” Tories are alienating new voters in the North and locking down the areas least likely to cope

The power of pop

Pop music is dependent on repetition, fleeting fashions and youthful idealism—but has an immediacy like no other art form

The war against Chinese Christians

There is a sustained and wide-ranging programme of repression against religions which challenge the CCP’s socialist core values

A new optimism for the Middle East

The Abraham Accords signed last month between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain signal a new reality underpinned by moderate Islam

Some black lives matter more than others

Black Lives Matter misses the point—we should highlight the progress we have made, not split society and trap ourselves in victimhood

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens