Licence To Chill? Not Yet, Prime Minister

David Cameron is a decent man whose consensual style has worked well so far. But the fight of his life — on Europe — may yet undo him

Compassion To Refugees, Not Capitulation To Islamic State

Europeans have a duty to open their hearts to those in real need — but also to use their heads and beware of extremist infiltration

The Great Migration

"The ultimate demographic impact on Europe of the present wave of migration is totally unpredictable"

Lift The Fee Cap And Set Universities Free

British higher education could be the best in the world if the Tories follow the US model of private autonomy, not Europe’s statist model

Conservative, Moi? Jamais De La Vie!

It’s the political label that dares not speak its name in France. And Nicolas Sarkozy’s latest rebranding exercise will change nothing

Overrated: Napoleon

As we mark the bicentenary of Waterloo, there is an alarming trend towards rehabilitating Napoleon

Let’s Make Putin’s London Cronies Sweat

Our failure to face up to the Russian ruler could have dire consequences

Forgetting History

"The sudden rise of Pegida suggests Germany hasn’t found a way to digest the idea of immigration."

Overrated: John Maynard Keynes

The economist's legacy has been mostly disastrous

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"