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    The Netherlands just said no to Europe. Will we?
    Apr07

    The Netherlands just said no to Europe. Will we?

    Different countries have different politics, but the Dutch referendum may exacerbate fears about turnout and negative campaigning. We should always be wary of over-interpreting the commonalities between different countries’ politics. As the current convulsions in the US demonstrate in ghastly technicolour, every democracy has its own unique...

    7 things you should know about the Panama Papers
    Apr05

    7 things you should know about the Panama Papers

    At least 12 world leaders are implicated in offshore schemes by the biggest ever leak of financial documents 1. The leak centres on Mossack Fonseca. Mossack Fonseca is a law firm headquarted in Panama but also operating in tax havens such as Switzerland, the British Virgin Islands and the British crown dependencies: Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle...

    Tristram Hunt: Leaving the EU would be a self-defeating dereliction of duty and history
    Mar25

    Tristram Hunt: Leaving the EU would be a self-defeating dereliction of duty and history

    Why Michael Gove, and Vote Leave, are wrong about Europe. Michael Gove’s statement in support of leaving the European Union stands out not only as an elegant piece of writing, but is also perhaps the most articulate argument offered so far by all the various ‘Vote Leave’ campaigns. In an echo of Joseph Chamberlain, he sketches out the...

    “What if?” history books normally annoy me – but History’s People is an exception
    Mar15

    “What if?” history books normally annoy me – but History’s People is an exception

    Margaret MacMillan’s selection of neglected voices in History’s People reminds us how individual choices and actions come to shape our world. Counterfactual history – also known as “What if?” history – bores me. Too often, the questions asked are predictable. What if the Spanish Armada had landed successfully in England? Would modern...

    Jamala, the singer using Eurovision to highlight the persecution of the Crimean Tartars
    Mar14

    Jamala, the singer using Eurovision to highlight the persecution of the Crimean Tartars

    Although Eurovision song lyrics are not permitted to be political, the 2016 Ukrainian entry has found a way of bringing an historical injustice into present-day popular culture. “They come to your house / they kill you all and say / we’re not guilty.” These are the provocative lyrics to Ukraine’s Eurovision Song Contest entry “1944”...

    Empire’s martyrs: the British obsession with heroic failure
    Mar06

    Empire’s martyrs: the British obsession with heroic failure

    The British take a perverse pleasure in glorious defeat, as Heroic Failure and the British by Stephanie Barczewski examines. In 1799 the Scottish explorer Mungo Park published Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa, which described his voyage across Senegal and along the River Niger in Mali, in search of the city of Timbuktu. In 1805 he...

    What the untold Soviet history of “Red Africa” reveals about the racism of modern Russia
    Mar04

    What the untold Soviet history of “Red Africa” reveals about the racism of modern Russia

    Artists are attempting to resurrect a piece of cultural history that has been buried, but also highlight the difficulty experienced by black people in Putin’s Russia. Modern Russia has a reputation for being racist. And for good reason. The number of racist acts committed by Russian football fans doubled last season, according to...

    David Cameron’s deal is a farce – the Remain campaign should steer clear of it
    Mar01

    David Cameron’s deal is a farce – the Remain campaign should steer clear of it

    Winning ugly won’t work, warns David Clark. David Cameron’s referendum pitch relies heavily on the mantra a “reformed Europe”, but it would be wrong for pro-Europeans to indulge the idea that the deal he negotiated in Brussels last month is anything more than a fig leaf. The parts of it that might turn out to be modestly beneficial...

    From pornography to surrogacy, too few of us are ethical consumers of bodies
    Feb26

    From pornography to surrogacy, too few of us are ethical consumers of bodies

    When it comes to buying access to other people’s bodies, experience shows that it’s a buyer’s market: those with the economic power set the terms. Sometimes I wish I was better at maths, because there’s a diagram I really want to draw. Here are the two axes – up the side, need for item or service; across the bottom,...

    Ukrainian cooking shakes off the old Soviet fur coat
    Feb12

    Ukrainian cooking shakes off the old Soviet fur coat

    Forget the stereotype: Ukranian cuisine is about more than just borscht, as a new cookbook shows. “Potatoes,” Olia Hercules fumes. “Everyone thinks I’ve written a book about bloody potatoes.” It must be said that there is the odd spud in Mamushka (Mitchell Beazley), her surprisingly colourful celebration of Ukrainian food (after all, how...

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