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Next UK PM must forge an elusive national consensus

  • Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson held their first head-to-head television debate on Tuesday night in their battle to become the UK’s next prime minister. With polls still indicating the sometimes-faltering Johnson could win the vote among Conservative Party members by a landslide, the irony is tha...
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All eyes on ‘Five Eyes’ response to Huawei schism

  • A pedestrian walks past a Huawei product stand in central London. (AFP) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes a key trip to Asia-Pacific this week, with a vital stop-off at Thailand’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign minister forum, before heading to Australia. In...
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From Hong Kong to Moscow, is freedom on the march again?

  • Protesters gather before a march to West Kowloon railway station, where high-speed trains depart for the Chinese mainland, during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong. (AFP) Angela Merkel and other European leaders are preparing to commemorate the 30th...
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Is this the beginning of the end for globalization?

  • Recent equity market volatility, including last week’s 800-poins fall in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, has many economic drivers. However, another headwind is geopolitical risk with growing concern about the future of globalization itself, which has long characterized much policy orthodoxy....
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Why Brexit is about more than just Britain

  • Since the Brexit referendum in June 2016, attention has focused on internal UK debates about leaving the EU. Yet potentially the most important outcome of the UK’s vote to leave is how it is driving significant change in the EU itself. Brexit has catalyzed debates across Europe that...
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Brexit? You couldn’t make it up. But let’s try …

  • The UK Supreme Court will deliver its verdict this week on whether Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament is lawful, but this is only one of many imminent key hinge points as his premiership injects further uncertainty, with the range of possible political outcomes growing.  There...
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Why Brexit risks breaking up Britain

  • Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon confirmed on Tuesday that she will, before the end of this year, ask the UK government to approve another independence referendum. With Brexit the immediate trigger for the decision, it is increasingly possible that the 2020s could — tragical...
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Brexit moves one step forward, one step back

  • Boris Johnson has scored a symbolic win with his victory by 329 votes to 299 at the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill. (AP Photo) Boris Johnson scored a symbolic win, but also suffered a significant reversal, in Tuesday’s dramatic night of Hous...
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Post-Brexit foreign policy a key issue for UK election winner

  • Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn square off. (Reuters) Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday night took part in their first televised debate of the general election campaign. What was striking, as has been true across the campaign so far, was a lack of substantive discussion ...
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Why Trump’s problem with Kim isn’t going away

  • As China prepares to host talks this week with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese leader Shinzo Abe, North Korea may rise to the top of agenda after Kim Jong Un raised the specter of a year-end provocation (a “Christmas gift”) for Donald Trump. The “new path” Pyongyang has threat...
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