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  • OPINION

    Why Macron's 'third way' is now the EU's best option

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 17/09/2018

    » The largest question in democratic politics in Europe is: who's in charge?

  • OPINION

    Anti-Trump op-ed boosts democracy

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 10/09/2018

    » The good news was well disguised in the anonymous cry of warning against the "amorality" of Donald Trump. A senior administration official, writing as an unnamed columnist in The New York Times, described how he and like-minded colleagues "are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of (the US president's) agenda and his worst inclinations." The message is that democratic habits -- and, crucially, civic decency and responsibility -- can, in step with free journalism, win out over degraded administrations.

  • OPINION

    How to save the modern Catholic Church from itself

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 03/09/2018

    » When the pope is given a cool, even combative, welcome in the Republic of Ireland, the Roman Catholic Church is in trouble. The country had been -- from its founding as the Irish Free State in the early 1920s after a violent break with the United Kingdom -- deeply influenced by Catholic teaching in the framing of its laws and the management of its institutions. It is now solidly secular -- and it has a list of hard questions to put to the Church.

  • OPINION

    Imagining a post-Putin Russia

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 27/08/2018

    » It's not the week to say it, but Donald Trump has a point. It isn't original and what it proposes will be hard to do, yet when he says that "getting along with Russia is a good thing", as he did before his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last month, he isn't wrong.

  • OPINION

    Can Jones and Johnson be the face of 'new politics'?

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 13/08/2018

    » Two men of influence -- the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and politician Boris Johnson -- now face media bans and ridicule for what they saw as speaking their minds. Both, though quite different in background, manner and actions, are pioneers in the new politics.

  • OPINION

    Steve Bannon's boost to Europe's far right parties

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 06/08/2018

    » The various movements gathered under the name of Europe's "far right" have not risen like a straight line on a graph. There have been -- still are -- lows as well as highs. Yet there is a new sense of purpose, thanks to a new movement -- called "The Movement," and launched by former Donald Trump aide Steve Bannon -- and to Hungarian premier Viktor Orban's call to the right to "concentrate our strength" on the May 2019 elections to the European Parliament.

  • OPINION

    Three liberal prophets of doom

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 31/07/2018

    » Liberal democratic institutions and states are under sustained pressure, from outside and from within. The question now is how well liberal and democratic defences can withstand the onslaught.

  • OPINION

    The case for the UK's Brexit chaos

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 16/07/2018

    » Compromise is the loveliest word in democratic politics and beyond -- in lasting relationships, labour disputes, international relations. British Prime Minister Theresa May has never more needed the deployment of this lovely and necessary word than now.

  • OPINION

    Tribalism and the politics of World Cup football fever

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 02/07/2018

    » Would fans lay down their lives for football? Bill Shankly, the legendary football player and Liverpool manager, once famously said he was "disappointed" with the idea that the sport was a matter of life and death. "I can assure you," he said, "it is much, much more important than that."

  • OPINION

    Migrant misery spans worldwide

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 25/06/2018

    » It's an increasingly hard world for those seeking a better life in richer countries. Immigrants aren't welcome in most states, even where demographic trends reflect the need to expand the labor force to levels able to sustain and support aging populations.

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