British Election Brings Mayhem

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs June 9, 2017 British voters have shown Prime Minister Theresa May the door. Her gamble to call an early election in the expectation of strengthening her Conservative majority in parliament – and thus her clout in upcoming negotiations

Theresa May’s election victory no longer certain

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs June 3, 2017 Six weeks ago, when Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election, it seemed a foregone conclusion this was simply a formality to boost her parliamentary majority and strengthen her hand in negotiating Brexit

From Vimy to Gibraltar, Obamacare to Russia: Journalism Matters at F&O

New on F&O this weekend:  Sunday April 9 marked the 100th anniversary of the WWI battle of Vimy Ridge — said to have marked Canada’s passage from colony to country status. Read our report with photo-essay by Reuters, France, Canada leaders mark centenary of Vimy Ridge WWI battle. In Commentary

“The Rock” Caught In A Hard Place

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs April 8, 2017 Legend has it that as long as the five troops of 300 Barbary Apes continue to live in Gibraltar, the 6.7 square kilometre peninsular on Spain’s southern tip will remain British. But as the reality

Renewed Scottish campaign to leave post-Brexit UK

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs March 4, 2017   In these times of seething rage, it is increasingly likely that Britain’s divorce from the European Union will lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom itself. As the parliament in Westminster completes the

Britain’s tortuous road to “hard” Brexit

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs December 17, 2016 Day by day it is becoming clearer just how wrenching a process it will be for Britain to leave the European Union (EU). It is now beyond doubt that Britain is headed for a “hard”

Britain needs election to clear Brexit fog

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs November 4, 2016 At the heart of Britain’s Brexit drama is a fundamental problem of political legitimacy. None of the main players now in leading roles has any mandate to have their voices heard. This central void loomed

Facts, and Opinions, that matter this week

Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan cheer at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir Reporting Turkish coup crumbles, crowds answer call to streets, by Nick Tattersall and Ece Toksabay An attempted Turkish military coup appeared to crumble

Brexit will save the European project

  JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs July 8th, 2016 When the dust of history settles, the moment angry Britons voted to quit the European Union will stand out as the moment that saved the 28-nation project. Two weeks after the referendum produced a