Vladímir Putin

Trump Means Tough Choices For British Diplomacy

James Sorene | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Politics
James Sorene

The UK needs to make take some tough decisions. A naïve belief that we can use our influence to steer the US President in our direction won't work. We tried that with the last Republican President and we are still repairing the damage.

Trump, Putin And The Illusion Of The Strong Leader

Jenny Mathers | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jenny Mathers

Despite appearances, Vladimir Putin is not a strong leader, but it takes a willingness and an ability to look beyond the illusion of strength to understand that.

Westminster Must Learn Trump Culture Fast: The Pres' Elect Is A Bully And Farage Is A Deluded Pawn

Charlie Mullins | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Those inside the Conservative party, and others screaming from the side-lines, need to wise up on how people like Donald Trump do business. He is a classic bully, and if the recent election isn't a good indicator of that then there is no hope that we will ever be able to deal with his underhand tactics.

Trump's Homophobia Will Hit Us In Europe

Steve Taylor | Posted 13.11.2016 | UK Politics
Steve Taylor

Donald Trump's LGBT credentials - or, rather, the lack of them - are well known and don't need a further recital here. And whilst they must mean that we fear for both the physical and emotional safety and security of LGBT+ people in the US, his opinions have a far reaching consequence that sits right on our doorstep...

Russia Marks The 99th Anniversary Of The 1917 Revolution

Victoria Donovan | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK
Victoria Donovan

October 25 marked the 99th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Well, actually, that's not strictly true. The shift from the Julian to Gregorian cal...

We All Lose From A Divided States Of America

Mark Prisk | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Prisk

On Tuesday night we will learn who is about to become the next President of the United States of America. Whoever emerges, they will inherit a country which is more divided than ever before. That's bad news for the rest of us.

Dear The Daily Mail: Here In Devon, We Welcome Refugees

Ewan Somerville | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

I sincerely hope that the refugees that have arrived here in North Devon are unaware of the words that are being written in some quarters in the British press. What is certain is that we could not have done more to welcome these children, and I feel proud to have played my part by speaking out, ensuring their new lives here in the UK are the best they can possibly be.

Presidential Debates Ignore The American People

Kumail Jaffer | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kumail Jaffer

The three debates reflected a microcosm of American media - frame a narrow spectrum to them all their lives, and people will rarely think outside of it. Ask yourself this, especially if you will vote on November 8th - does America need a new brand of alt right nationalism? A rise in anger towards the immigrants who only work to benefit the countries that house them? Or does it need more of the same? More flawed foreign policy, more bowing to the corporate and banking worlds?

Amid Growing Tensions In The Balkans, A Museum For Peace Is Born

Jasminko Halilovic | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Jasminko Halilovic

Today, our hope that the majority chooses exclusively peace is still stronger than our fear of naivete. One war is more than enough for a lifetime, and we hope to provide a peaceful childhood for our offspring. The War Childhood Museum's message comes from a generation that learned this lesson firsthand, and never has it rung truer: peace has no alternative.

Did Ted Cruz Cross The Thin Line Between Opportunism And Populism?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

On 23 September 2016, US Senator Ted Cruz, one of the most ferocious republican opponents and runner-up of Donald Trump during the Republican primary, announced that he was eventually endorsing him. Why endorsing him so late? Why endorsing him at all?

Jeremy Corbyn Refuses To Back Nato Standing Up To Putin's Baltic Aggression

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Politics

.@jeremycorbyn's plan for diplomacy with @realDonaldTrump: cup of tea in a North London mosque pic.twitter.com/B5C372dyr0— Graeme Demianyk (@GraemeD...

Is Putin Preparing an August Surprise?

Robin Lustig | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

This year, while we're marvelling at the record-breaking feats of gymnasts, divers, cyclists and others in Rio, it's troops in Ukraine who have been put on high alert in response to a military build-up on the Russian side of the border...

Russia May Be Threatening Ukraine Again, But Any Further Escalation for Them Would Be Counterproductive

Michael Day | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Day

Whether this is another case of sabre-rattling by the Russians or something more sinister, it remains the truth that an invasion of Ukraine would be so complex and costly it would tie up Russia for years, making any interference in the Baltic States by Putin to be quixotic to the extent that along with his involvement in Ukraine and Syria, it may prove instantly fatal to his regime.

Government Policy Needs a More Realistic Approach to Russia

Daniel Kawczynski MP | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel Kawczynski MP

In search of his country's Tsarist roots, Vladimir Putin has steered Russia on a course towards unforgiving political authoritarianism, buttressed by state capitalism and legitimised by orthodox religiosity and patriotism.

Putin Has Made A Typically Putin Claim About The Panama Papers

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK

Vladimir Putin has claimed that that the Panama Papers document leaks are part of a US-led plot to weaken Russia and denied any links to offshore acco...

$2b Of Secret Deals And Loans Lead To Putin, Leaked Docs Reveal

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 03.04.2016 | UK

A network of secret offshore deals and loans worth $2 billion reportedly leads to Russian president Vladimir Putin, according to an unprecedented leak...

This Russian 'Withdrawal' From Syria Is No Victory for the West

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

It's time European nations woke up to the fact that our neighbourhood, once a ring of stability and security, is increasingly contested by a resurgent Russia; a nation led by a man who only respects brute strength.

Jack Sommers

4 Dodgy Things The UK Is Doing That Erode Human Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK

Plans to scrap Britain's Human Rights Act are a "gift" to more repressive leaders like Vladimir Putin and "fatally undermine" our ability to stop them...

Formula One Chief Wants Putin To 'Run Europe'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK

Vladimir Putin should run Europe. That's the opinion of Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone, who told the Daily Mail the Russian strongman would also ...

Putin Can Conquer Syria but He Can't Hold It: How Russian 'Victory' Could Turn Into a Quagmire

Michael Day | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK
Michael Day

The streets of Britain will be less rather than more safe if Assad achieves a 'victory' over the rebels. Isis will have a powerful new recruiting tool and tensions between the Sunni and Shia communities in the UK, may reach the level of tension of that between Muslim and Jewish communities.

The Secret of Trump's Success (Is Not What You Think)

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

Spoiler alert: Trump is actually a moderate who has said some tough-guy things to get the party's right to go along with him. A sheep in wolf's clothing. A conservative in campaign style but a 'wet' in wisdom, an entrepreneur doing what entrepreneurs do best: catering to a huge gap in the market.

The EU's Status as Europe's Peacekeeper Is an Insulting Myth

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

Achieving ever-closer-union, as it foreshadowed, has been the driving force behind the gradual (and often forceful) assimilation of law, currency and culture across the European continent. To many, it seemed a wonderful way of enhancing international cooperation, and promoting both peace and unity.

Russian PM Blames West For Causing 'New Cold War'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK

The West is pushing Russia towards "a new Cold War" because of "unfriendly" policies, the country's prime minister has said. Tensions rose between ...

Putin Would Love Brexit, Warns Hilary Benn

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Politics

Vladimir Putin would welcome Britain quitting the European Union, Labour's shadow foreign secretary warned on Thursday. In a strong intervention in...

Why I (Somewhat Reluctantly) Like Vladimir Putin

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

Tyrannical and thoroughly disagreeable though he is, Mr Putin stands for nationalistic pride, a crucial buffer against the perils of American foreign policy and a determination to defend a revived Russia on the world stage, and her citizens abroad. Three things I respect, and three things a shrinking world desperately needs.