Daniel Johnson

Brexit and Balfour

'We need a national debate about the kind of country we now hope to be; and we need it now.'

Overrated: Martin Selmayr

The architect of the EU’s hard line on Brexit

Underrated: Karl Heinz Bohrer

The author of one of the greatest German autobiographies is also an Anglophile man of letters

The Trump Doctrine

"There are plenty of precedents for leaders of the free world going it alone"

The new Leviathan: Trump and the nation state

As the EU tries to abolish the nation state, a Hobbesian concept of national sovereignty is the basis of the US President’s emerging doctrine

Käthe Kollwitz

The German artist Käthe Kollwitz suffered darkness and depression but emerges from a show at the Ikon Gallery as an indomitable survivor

The status quo cannot hold

Can the West defend itself? On the face of it, the question answers itself: of course we can. And yet Donald Trump has called into question its very survival.

The Princess and the Poet

An inscription in an old book is the clue to a lost world of literary salons and love affairs

We Need Churchill’s Vison of Liberty More Than Ever

Freedom and democracy are under threat and the West’s response is increasingly feeble. Who is prepared to defend our fundamental values?

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"