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John Lloyd

John Lloyd co-founded the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, where he is senior research fellow. The opinions expressed here are his own.

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The Kremlin’s friends in Europe

Before Italy’s 1948 election, the CIA funneled millions of dollars — when a million dollars was a lot of money — into anti-communist parties in Italy. The Soviet Union sent in even more; Moscow delivered black bags of money directly from the Soviet compound in Rome to Italy’s communist groups.

March 24, 2018

How Chinese women are fighting back

In China, women calling themselves the “silence breakers” have demanded investigations into allegations of sexual harassment.

February 10, 2018

The spies who came in from the cold

Early one morning last week in the northern UK cities of Sheffield and Chesterfield, armed police blew open the doors of homes and a Muslim community center, and arrested four men aged between 22 and 41. There was talk of a planned “Christmas bomb attack,” now presumably averted.

December 24, 2017

How Europe’s social democrats lost their way

In almost every country in Europe, political parties of the center-left struggle to remain competitive.

November 18, 2017

The trouble with democracy is, people vote

Britain — ever-ready to boast of its stable politics and faultless, Rolls-Royce civil service — is in a mess. Between scandals over sex, secret meetings, political donors and the royal family, the government is melting down.

November 12, 2017

Xi cannot keep dissent bottled up for ever

Xi Jinping — president of China, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, chair of the Central Military Commission, chief of the military’s Joint Operations Command Center, chairman of the committees on cybersecurity, economics and finance among others — has a new honor that will linger

October 29, 2017

The new dilemma for Google and Facebook

In a flurry of confident pronouncements within an hour of last week’s massacre at a Las Vegas country music festival, conservative commentators linked the gunman, Stephen Paddock, to liberal or Islamist influences.

October 07, 2017

Macron lays bare the challenge of globalism

The French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed changes to the vast labor code — hiring and firing will be easier, some workplace issues will be negotiated at company level — hang in the balance.

September 17, 2017

Liberal internationalism in a battle to survive

Emmanuel Macron, president of France with all the glory that commands, has had a wretchedly brief honeymoon.

August 27, 2017

Tweets show how social media can hurt democracy

Last March, three months before Britons voted to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union, then-Prime Minister David Cameron asked Daily Mail proprietor Lord Rothermere to fire the newspaper’s editor, Paul Dacre.
February 04, 2017