A separate department was right for the stable, hopeful 1990s. But the years have presented various challenges for which it is less well-suited.
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Garvan Walshe: How the majority needed to deliver Brexit will thwart the reform needed to make a success of it
A new Conservative Government will need to transform the economy. It remains to be seen whether this be done with a majority based on northern, post-industrial Britain.
Garvan Walshe: You can’t eat the hashd al-sha’bi or fill up your car with Hezbollah. Iran’s theocrats hunker down as protests mount.
The seriousness of the uprising can be judged by the severity of the crackdown. Over a hundred people are dead, and the internet has been shut down.
Garvan Walshe: Nobody except the Catalan separatists will gain from Spain’s second election of the year
The PSOE hoped to reunite the Left. Instead, rising tensions have fuelled extreme parties.
Like rugby team experiencing ‘white line fever’, it seems the closer the objective is, the more unforced errors they suffer.
Turkey appears to assume that their opponents will flee. But if they’ve nowhere to go, they’ll have no alternative but to fight.
Garvan Walshe: Netanyahu, the great survivor, clings to power – as police investigators wait for him in the wings
The opposition are allowing him first dibs at forming a government. This is a major risk for them, because he is a famed dealmaker.
The fundamental mistake of the Brexiteers domestically is that they have mistaken a moral argument for a political one.
Garvan Walshe: By picking von der Leyen, the EU has ensured that Remain would lose a second referendum
The ‘remain and reform’ mantra was implausible to begin with, but the choice of new EU Commission President fatally undermines it.
We should make it clear that further attempts to encroach on Hong Kong’s freedoms and rule of law would have consequences for China.
The United States’ weakened capabilities and frayed alliances both play in Tehran’s favour at a crucial and sensitive time.
Garvan Walshe: The Queen dragged into party politics. Or an election that risks a Marxist Government. Make your choice, hard Brexiteers.
Incrementalism might be the only way through Brexit. Gove appears to be toying with this very idea.
They’ve taken the central political technique of this form of populism — promising to spend other people’s money — and privatised it.
The Partido Popular shifted far enough from the centre to lose votes on its left, while legitimising a competitor to its right.
Turkey’s strongman is far from all-powerful, and he is risking an almighty backlash.