In the magazine this month

April 2017

Britain’s two female leaders are strikingly similar but, faced with terrorism and Brexit, the Prime Minister now has to do it her own way
Theresa May was an 18-year-old undergraduate at St Hugh’s College, Oxford when Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of the Conservative Party in February 1975. She had not yet left the slight mark on Oxford student politics that she would before going down from the university. Much like Mrs Thatcher at the same place 30 years previously, she was a relatively impecunious, provincial girl with no very obvious glittering prospects. And yet, according to a female friend who knew her, when she heard that a woman had for the first time been chosen to lead the Tories, Theresa May’s reaction was one of irritation. “I wanted to be first and she got there first,” she is quoted as saying.
The deadly terrorist attack on Westminster underlines the urgency of strengthening the West’s strategy to defeat Islamism at home and abroad
The rise of Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron shows that the French political class is dangerously out of touch with voters’ concerns
For decades most intellectuals ignored the evidence that the European project had no democratic mandate. We are now reaping the whirlwind