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John Kampfner

COP26: The old diplomacy won’t save our planet

Global tensions mean self-interest as much as collaboration will be key to cracking climate change. 

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Berlin's disaster of a new airport is a model of German inefficiency

The country has a reputation for doing things better. But Berlin’s disastrous new airport shows that given a chance, it can stuff things up just as badly as everyone else.

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New hope is in the air for Austria and Czechs

Two downfalls hint at a return to more respectable politics in countries at the heart of the continent.

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France's familiarity with political scandals

As former president Nicola Sarkozy is sentenced to house arrest for illegal campaign financing, JOHN KAMPFNER wonders why French politics seems so susceptible to financial scandal.

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Decoding the German election: Why every party woke up feeling miserable

The country's curious election has changed everything.. we just have to wait to see how it has changed.

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AUKUS deal leaves transatlantic alliance weaker than before

Regardless of its merits, the cack-handed handling of the defence deal between the US, UK and Australia risks handing the initiative to China and Russia.

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Angela Merkel's departure will have consequences for Germany... and the wider world

Post-war Germany has been characterised by good governance and solid leadership. But as the country goes to the polls to replace Angela Merkel, Germans – and the wider world – fear its good run is coming to an end.

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Why Germany's Greens failed to rise on floods

The country's tragic floods might have been expected to boost support for the Greens ahead of September's elections. But this doesn't appear to have happened

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An eyewitness to history: Watching the Berlin Wall go up

Berlin journalist Annette von Broecker’s life has spanned her city's division and reunification. Sixty years ago this summer, she was on the scene as the Wall went up. She talks to JOHN KAMPFNER about those momentous moments, with photographs from a dramatic month that gripped the world.

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Why vaccine competition may now be world's best bet

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Marine Le Pen stumbles.. but can she still win?

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Michael O'Leary: My hope for the future over Brexit

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The very cold war under way in the Arctic

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How Charles Michel weathered the 'sofagate' storm

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The German mega-scandal that puts ours in the shade

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Will anything ever stop Putin in his tracks?

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Can Ursula von der Leyen recover from vaccines debacle?

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Annalena Baerbock: Can the Queen of Green seize the Bundestag?

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How the coronavirus created a new iron curtain

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Joe Biden brings America back into the room

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As Russia rots, what way will Putin's kleptocrats turn now?

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EU desperately seeks inoculation against existential threat

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The man lined up to be Angela Merkel's successor

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Our damaged democracies must gear up for the trials ahead

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What Donald Trump's defeat means for Vladimir Putin

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However the US election ends, the damage will hurt us all

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The West is wounded in the battle for free speech

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The crisis the world has chosen to ignore

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Time for Keir Starmer to go on the offensive

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JOHN KAMPFNER: Germany does do things better

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Trump, TikTok and Twitter - the worldwide war of the web

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What would a Biden presidency look like?

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The psychological consequences of Brexit are only just sinking in

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On Trump, China and Russia the EU must now take a stand

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Keir Starmer: Will he be Labour’s responsible revolutionary?

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How the young can secure our Bre-entry back into the EU

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Donald Trump’s Disunited States threaten the free world

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How the four corners of the United Kingdom are social distancing over coronavirus

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How the right lost its economic courage

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Could coronavirus reinvent Britain?

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Coronavirus: If Europe fails, who will succeed?

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JOHN KAMPFNER: The world that awaits beyond the coronavirus

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Will globalisation become the next victim of the coronavirus?

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How the far-right is at the root of gloom in Germany’s ruling party

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The BBC is set for a decade of danger as a culture war brews

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Gulfs apart: How the Iranian crisis has split the West

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Will relations between the UK and EU improve in 2020?

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JOHN KAMPFNER: Is Nato tanking?

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Could Jo Swinson inadvertently become Brexit’s midwife?

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Germany is still living in the shadow of the Wall

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Lame duck prime minister limps into the final battle

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Brexit is David Cameron’s historical reckoning - but will he own up in his new book?

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JOHN KAMPFNER: With hard-Brexit looming, Lib Dems have no time to take liberties

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JOHN KAMPFNER: Europe is holding its breath in contempt of Boris Johnson

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We need to reboot the anti-Brexit cause

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JOHN KAMPFNER: Why the new Europe is better than the old

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JOHN KAMPFNER: Can centre parties dominate domestic policy once Brexit is resolved?

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JOHN KAMPFNER: How will an inquiry judge Brexit’s major players?

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JOHN KAMPFNER: It’s time to make the case for Europe as never before

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JOHN KAMPFNER: Theresa May has always been a virulent Brexiteer

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JOHN KAMPFNER: No question - the BBC has lost its bottle

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Little respite for fly-over Britain

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Europe’s future in the hands of China

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JOHN KAMPFNER: Is Europe on the brink?

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JOHN KAMPFNER: It’s a long way from Cool Britannia

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Putin’s strategy is chillingly straightforward and frighteningly hollow

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