They Think It’s All Over

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John Ramsden begins his chronicle of Anglo-German attitudes with an anecdote about a holiday encounter with a German couple in Italy. The conversation turned to Russia. Ramsden asked the ‘handsome, upright’ German if he had visited Russia. ‘Well, just once,’ he wryly responded. ‘I went there in a tank in 1942.’ Pause. ‘To Stalingrad.’ This […]

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From Hawk To Chicken

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‘The risk the administration took [in Iraq] was not absurd, especially in light of what was believed about the WMD threat at the time.’ ‘Walking away from Iraq now without creating a strong and stable government there will leave a festering terrorist sanctuary in the Sunni triangle.’ ‘We do not want to replace national sovereignty […]

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The Second Oldest Profession

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As we go to press (an important qualifier when the pace of events is fast and the stakes high), the diplomatic community of London is locked in a titanic struggle with the undiplomatic mayor of London. Should diplomats be required to pay London’s congestion charge on their automobiles, especially if the automobiles (or, more precisely, […]

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