Europe is squeezed between a hungry China and surly US | Simon Tisdall | Opinion

The idea of Xi Jinping as a modern-day Odysseus seems a little far-fetched. But China’s globetrotting president proved a match for Homer’s hero last week when he trundled a Trojan horse deep inside the EU city gates – with an enthusiastic helping push from the Greeks. It was a classical, even epic, piece of opportunism. […]

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Nativism is driving the far-right surge in Europe – and it is here to stay | Cas Mudde | Global

In 2016, the far-right Vox party gained a mere 0.2% of the vote in the Spanish legislative elections. This Sunday, Vox came in third with an estimated 15.1% percent, 5.7% behind the mainstream right Popular party (PP). Within three years, Spain has transformed from a European exception into a European average in terms of far-right […]

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Tory immigrations plans to see Home Office triple profit from NHS staff from EU

Tory immigrations plans to see Home Office triple profit from NHS staff from EU

Tory immigration plans will see the Home Office make a 265 per cent profit from every EU nurse or doctor coming to work in the NHS. Under the new NHS visa EU health workers, who currently do not have to pay anything, would now have to pay £464 to move to the UK. But the […]

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Boris Johnson claims he's given up booze until after Brexit - picture casts doubt

Boris Johnson claims he’s given up booze until after Brexit – picture casts doubt

Boris Johnson claimed he has given up drinking until after Brexit is sorted – despite being pictured looking like he was drinking just 24 hours ago. The Prime Minister’s apparent “do or dry” pledge follows his failure to keep his “do or die” promise to deliver Brexit by October 31. He was spotted sipping whisky […]

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Jeremy Corbyn does Live at the Apollo - and it sums up his whole general election campaign - Dan Bloom

Jeremy Corbyn does Live at the Apollo – and it sums up his whole general election campaign – Dan Bloom

“ManchestEEER!” bellowed Angela Rayner. “It’s an absolute pleasure to be LIVE AT THE APOLLO!” Sure, there was no Michael McIntyre. No primetime TV audience. The warm-up act was the Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for West Derby. And the jokes weren’t that funny… … Actually, maybe it was a bit like Live at the Apollo after […]

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If Russia meddled in the Brexit vote we need to know – before the election | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion

Did Russia meddle in the outcome of the Brexit referendum, or didn’t it? It’s hard to think of a question more pertinent to this general election, and not just because some fear there may be dirty tricks this time too. Boris Johnson’s entire campaign strategy hinges on arguing that Brexit must be done, because it’s […]

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Ex-UN Syria envoy says he quit to avoid having to shake Assad’s hand | World news

Staffan de Mistura, the former UN special envoy to Syria, has said he quit the post last year because he realised Bashar al-Assad had won the territorial civil war in Syria and he could not bring himself to shake the president’s hand. He also said he was furious when Russia and the US reached a […]

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39 Essex Lorry deaths should be 'wake up call' to the government on people smuggling

39 Essex Lorry deaths should be ‘wake up call’ to the government on people smuggling

The tragic deaths of 39 people found in the back of a lorry in Essex should be “wake up call for the Government” to rethink its approach to illegal migration, MPs warn today. The Commons Foreign Affairs Committee warned a policy focused on closing borders will drive migrants to take more dangerous routes and push […]

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Trump’s interference in UK political affairs | Letters | US news

Your article (Trump tells Johnson and Farage to team up, 1 November) made disturbing reading. We rightly resent and complain against Russian or Chinese interferences with our elections. Donald Trump’s, by contrast, is blatant, aggressive, and affects not only the mechanism of election but its very structure, including who should form alliances with whom. This […]

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