Issue: March 2020

Labour plays the blues

Restoring the party’s working-class roots means battling Boris Johnson—and the tide of history

Clouds of war and strategic delusions

Britain’s strategic outlook requires realism about the kind of conflicts we are prepared and willing to fight

Extremism gives us little reason to laugh

Woke politics offers conservative satirists an easy target, but the results neither sparkle nor shock

UK should wrong-foot Scottish ultras

Delaying another independence referendum may prove fatal. Better for No. 10 to lance the boil now and re-think the Union

Nato—time to wake up or shut down

Faced with a resurgent and objectionable Russia, and a transactional US, Nato must urgently transform for the new age

A farce eclipses a crime

Republicans exploited historical ignorance to kill impeachment

New poetry

"Reader, there never was a choice. The air between these pages is sucked out each time we watch her go"

Search engine: why Germany’s foreign policy flounders

Europe’s economic colossus is crippled by identity politics and self-obsession. It exports instability

A troubled emperor

The French president faces a plethoraof problems from Brexit to beyond

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"