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By Chris Patten - Mar 29,2017
As Britain formally triggers the doleful negotiations to exclude itself from the mainstream of European politics and economics, Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to use the word “divorce” to describe what is happening.My wife, a retired family lawyer and mediator, thinks May cou
By Chris Patten - Feb 23,2017
I am old enough to remember when the best thing about populism was that it was not popular.Nativism, in any form, did not hit many political bull’s-eyes.
By Chris Patten - Jan 08,2017
When US President-elect Donald Trump takes office later this month, Americans will be more divided than they have been in years.Never before has an American presidential inauguration been met with so many hosannas from the United States’ oldest foe, Russia, and with such nervous
By Chris Patten - Dec 19,2016
Nearly 40 years ago, when I visited Moscow for the first time, my initial reaction was surprise. The hotels and restaurants were so poorly run that it seemed shocking that the military could be run competently enough to pose a genuine threat to the Soviet Union’s adversaries
By Chris Patten - Nov 13,2016
I have spent my whole political life somewhere called “the West”.
By Chris Patten - Nov 01,2016
Looking out of my window across the harbour of the remarkable city of Nagasaki, Japan, two thoughts of considerable relevance to the next American president come to mind.Nagasaki has endured the worst of humanity.In August 1945, a plutonium bomb decimated the city, causing massiv
By Chris Patten - Oct 01,2016
Here is a confession: I do not lie in bed at night missing mainstream politics.
By Chris Patten - Sep 08,2016
Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May, has a monumental task ahead of her: fulfilling British — or, more accurately, English and Welsh — voters’ demand to “Brexit” the European Union, and managing the far-reaching consequences of that effort. Her challenge dwarfs those f
By Chris Patten - May 28,2016
The end of the wretched campaign to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union against the advice of our friends around the world is less than a month away.The Brexiteers, as they have come to be called, deny all evidence of the economic damage that the UK would do to itse
By Chris Patten - Apr 27,2016
In Britain these days, one cannot avoid hearing and seeing more and more about the wretched campaign to spit in the face of the world (and of reality) and quit the European Union.Visiting the United States, as I recently did, provides some relief.

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