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Clár Ní Chonghaile

Hostages of fortune: Those paying the real price for Partygate

As Tory infighting and political psychodramas dominate British media, the true cost of this government’s descent into booze-fuelled farce is being paid by British citizens, at home and abroad.

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A non-apology for a non-party

Boris Johnson finally breaks his silence on THAT party only to prove once again that the truth is the first casualty when you seek to remake the world in your image.

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The party’s over for Boris Johnson but we all have the hangover

A superficial prime minister is in the dock – again – for a transgression that stems from the fatal flaw that has defined his career: arrogance.

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Johnson in trouble, more bank holidays and a World Cup: What to look forward to in 2022

After the two years we’ve had, raising a glass on New Year’s Eve felt almost like an exercise in universe-baiting. But there are reasons to be hopeful over the next 12 months.

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It's Teenage Kicks for Johnson

You’ve got to assume at this point that a fair few people in Britain, in parliament, and yes, even in the Tory party, are angry with Boris Johnson. But one group is really vexed and they Just. Can’t. Even. 

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“Boris Johnson, the party’s over”

The Liberal Democrats’ upset victory in the North Shropshire by-election, a seat the Tories held for nearly two centuries, deals a huge blow to the prime minister and is a stark indictment of a political system that has become a “nightly soap opera of calamity and chaos”.

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The twenty faces who have the power to make or break 2022

Liz Truss, Yolanda Díaz, Valérie Pécresse, Mamata Banerjee, Andrew Bailey. Just some of the names we think will make the headlines in the next 12 months ... for better or worse

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Could Ethiopia disintegrate? Thinking the unthinkable in the Horn of Africa

A one-time economic tiger and a linchpin of stability in a fragile region, Ethiopia now stands on the brink of disaster. What happened to Africa’s oldest independent country?

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Boris Johnson says Britain is a world leader in sharing vaccines. It’s yet another lie

As Omicron spreads Christmas fear, our prime minister grapples with the truth and the world grapples with severe shortages in solidarity.

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The Big Picture: A new wave of protests across Europe

Over the weekend, bicycles were burnt and rocks were thrown in protest against increasing Covid restrictions.

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There may be (more) trouble ahead: Six new pitfalls for Boris Johnson

Christmas is coming and people are wondering if the PM’s goose, instead of getting fat, may be getting cooked. What else could possibly go wrong?

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Is Shell's UK move really a victory for Brexit?

This tale of two cities is less about a booming Brexit Britain and more about a government that continues to favour oil and gas firms even as Boris Johnson says the planet is at “one minute to midnight”.

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This cop-out is another failure for the prime minister and another tragedy for the planet

The summit failed to offer any immediate hope to those on the front lines of climate change.

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Triggering Article 16 set to create fresh Brexit crisis which won't improve lives across Irish Sea

As the UK threatens to trigger Article 16, raising the prospect of a trade war with the EU, people on the island of Ireland wonder if any of this political theatre is really about what’s best for them.

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After 20 days on hunger strike, Richard Ratcliffe says foreign office meeting left him hopeless

Foreign office officials have offered no fresh hope that they can get his wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, home from Iran alongside other British-Iranian citizens being unjustly detained. 

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Betrayed by Britain

A woman trapped in Iran after being convicted of new, trumped-up charges. A husband starving himself in despair. A child facing another Christmas without her mother. And a government that won’t pay up to make it stop.

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Boris Johnson finds it’s not easy being green, after all

Considering the prime minister is fond of his global Britain rhetoric, he struggles to have any gravitas on the world stage.

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Did France really call for retribution against Britain, or is it just a fishy translation?

The fishing row is politically charged in both Britain and France. Now, it seems, part of the dispute has been lost in translation.

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