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Angela Merkel’s ticking Bavarian time bomb

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Deborah Levy on Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie: “Britain needs this so much more than Brexit”

From the Long Players series: writers on their most cherished albums. Bowie was ahead of everyone else (as usual) when he created a rock star alter ego who was a citiz...

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Trump defends GOP losses: 'I said Gillespie and Moore would lose'

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Ryanair has recognised unions. Hell must have frozen over | Stefan Stern

It’s a company built on contradictions: everyone moans about it and yet it’s one of the world’s biggest airlines. Something had to give“I don’t even know how there w...

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George Osborne interviews Nick Robinson

The former chancellor asks the BBC journalist if "gotcha" questions to politicians are fair...

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UK ministers blocking appointments to rights watchdog, say lawyers

Government accused of meddling by vetoing recruitments to EHRC board in attempt to iron out dissentThe Equality and Human Rights Commission is running short of board members a...

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Revealed: the government email telling HS2 not to make extra £1.76m payouts

Rail project’s chief was warned that making higher redundancy payments ‘would cause enormous reputational damage’A crucial email from government forbidding HS2 from hand...

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Are Welsh male voice choirs slowly dying out?

There has been a 20 per cent drop in choir membership in the valleys in the past ten years. On a dark, wintry evening in the Rhondda Valley, southern Wales, the hills...

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Brexit has made it harder for the Tories to denounce Jeremy Corbyn as "anti-business"

Iain Duncan Smith's declaration that "business will have to learn to get by" reveals his party's new mindset.  The Co...

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Playbook: 5 days until the government shutdown

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Brace yourself for the next Brexit faultline: the battle over transition | John Springford

Will Theresa May be able to convince her party of the necessity for a transition period, during which the UK obeys EU rules without having any say in them?• John Springford...

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The Farage staffer, the Russian embassy and a smear campaign against a Kremlin critic

Worker for Farage’s group in EU parliament was ‘frequent visitor to embassy’ and accused of role in propaganda stuntA senior member of Nigel Farage’s parliamentary gro...

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The “Thatcher v miners” Durham party shows how tough university is for poor students

Class divides this generation of students – and it’s affecting their mental health. Last month, one of Durham University’s college rugby clubs came under fire f...

New Statesman

Grenfell Tower fire: Building safety 'cuts corners' says review

The leader of a review into building regulations after Grenfell is 'shocked' by safety practices...

BBC Politics

Ikea's tax affairs to be investigated by the EU

The Commission said Ikea may have been given an unfair tax advantage in the Netherlands...

BBC Politics

How the American government slowly became a business | Jon Michaels

Ronald Reagan didn’t, and couldn’t, kill the ‘nanny state’. But he did replace it with a commercial upstart – a nanny corporation, as it wereIn the 1980s, the end se...

The Guardian Politics

Russia-linked Twitter accounts 'tried to divide UK' after terrorist attacks

University researchers find at least 47 accounts that posted at least 475 messages, reposted more than 153,000 timesFake social media accounts linked to Russia were used to in...

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Why the Royal Court is right to reinstate Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Should Andrea Dunbar, a working-class playwright, really be silenced because of the misbehaviour of her mentor? Censorship in British theatre was abolished after the...

New Statesman

The List That’s Freaking Out Everyone in Moscow

Congress ordered the Trump administration to submit a roster of Russians tied closely to the Kremlin. Used wisely, it can be a powerful tool...

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Why Theresa May is a lot safer than you might think

The PM can stay in office indefinitely provided she can keep the soft Brexiteers on side. Theresa May, we want you to stay? That's the message coming out of...

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What Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the short story Cat Person have in common

Think Margot and Robert, but in a space opera. Warning: contains spoilers.  Rey met Kylo at Starkiller Base, on a snowy night some thirty years after the Battle of En...

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Trump foreign policy plan stresses home front

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‘He Would Probably Be a Dictator by Now’

Two charter leaders of the #NeverTrump movement assess Year One...

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Trump finds success on taxes doing what he knows best — selling

The president is finally poised to get his first major piece of legislation passed thanks to a decision by the White House to leave the details to Congress and focus on messag...

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Franken urged to reverse his resignation

The demands from Democrats that he step down were 'the most hypocritical thing I’ve ever seen done to a human being,' Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) sa...

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Long Players: writers on their most cherished albums

Ali Smith, Jonathan Coe, Sarah Perry, George Saunders and others pick their all-time favourites. Read all the pieces in the New Statesman’s Long Players series, avai...

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Sidebar: Across the Atlantic, Another Supreme Court Case on Cake and Gay Rights

The case from Belfast concerns a gay rights activist in Northern Ireland who sought to buy a cake from Ashers Baking Company...

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Have You Ever Felt Sorry for the I.R.S.? Now Might Be the Time

President Trump’s directive that federal agencies eliminate two regulations for every new one added could wreck havoc for the Internal Revenue Service...

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Rebelling Republican Suburbs Offer Democrats Path to House Control

From Houston to Seattle, suburban districts once locked down by Republicans are looking to Democratic candidates to oppose President Trump...

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Brexit: Goldman Sachs CEO wades into debate on second referendum after poll shows biggest Remain lead since 2016

Lloyd Blankfein said he had to take an interest because the global bank 'employs thousands of UK citizens'...

Independent Politics

British politics 'is going badly wrong' as MPs face abuse and death threats, warns Nicky Morgan

The MP said those who turn a blind eye to abuse will eventually be 'consumed' by it as well...

Independent Politics

Will Self on Astral Weeks by Van Morrison: “I felt his words like a corkscrew to my heart”

From the Long Players series: writers on their most cherished albums. I wouldn’t exactly say it was my favourite album – I don’t do listicles – but Astral Wee...

New Statesman

Ministers meet to thrash out Brexit end deal

It's the first time ministers have formally discussed what the Brexit "end state" should look like...

BBC Politics

'No way' - Barnier says UK will not be allowed bespoke Brexit trade deal - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s statement to MPs about Brexit and the EU summit 9.16am GMT Among the most wasp...

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Conservative rebels urge May to build cross-party alliance for soft Brexit

Backbenchers who defeated government last week believe PM should reach out to Labour MPs and face down hard BrexitersConservative backbench rebels who defeated the government...

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The 2017 New Statesman A to Z of the political year

A snap general election, you say – what could possibly go wrong? Helen Lewis, Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush and Julia Rampen report. A is for Ariana Grande As the...

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Brexit - live updates: Theresa May to meet Cabinet ministers to discuss EU trade deal proposals

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Brexit - live updates: Theresa May to meet senior ministers to discuss EU trade deal proposals

Follow all the latest updates from Westminster here...

Independent Politics

Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU

A guide to how the UK will leave the European Union after the 2016 referendum...

BBC Politics

England's councils may be doing well or terribly. We don't know | David Walker

How did a government committed to massive cuts in public spending casually get rid of the one body that could have appraised their impact?Councils in England have been wrappin...

The Guardian Politics

A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic: seasonal sweetness offset by more acrid notes

Rhys Ifans gives a Scrooge that is wonderfully funny, seductive and interactive with the audience. Productions of A Christmas Carol – presumably to the fury of the...

New Statesman

In Brussels, it feels like Britain is the embarrassing relative at Christmas

Theresa May has perhaps become the auntie who is invited for the turkey feast but not the party. There is no friendly commuter bashing out “Good King Wenceslas” on...

New Statesman

Conservative rebels urge May to form cross-party alliance for soft Brexit

Backbenchers who defeated government last week believe PM should reach out to Labour MPs and face down hard BrexitersConservative backbench rebels who defeated the government...

The Guardian Politics

Podcast: Laurie and Eleanor Penny on Witches

A brand new podcast about feminism, politics and philosophy. On the second episode of their new NS podcast, Laurie and Eleanor Penny discuss the cultural significan...

New Statesman

Steve Bell’s If ... on Theresa May's festive Brexit

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Tory Chris Holmes calls for HMRC to act over long unpaid internships

Peer urges investigations into firms who advertise for long-term interns and calls for ban on placements over a monthA Conservative peer has called on HMRC to investigate comp...

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Universal basic income is no panacea for us – and Labour shouldn’t back it | Sonia Sodha

What used to be a pet project of libertarians is gaining wider support. But a poverty backstop is no alternative to the economic and social reform we needThere aren’t many i...

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I have received death threats, and I blame the vitriol of the pro-Brexit media | Dominic Grieve

I worry that rational debate about leaving the European Union is becoming impossible in this atmosphere of crisis and confrontation• Dominic Grieve is a Conservative MP and...

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Mobile phone and broadband services need 'radical improvement'

The head of the UK's Infrastructure Commission says mobile phone and broadband coverage is deplorable...

BBC Politics

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner sued over financial disclosures

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McCain, in Treatment for Cancer, Is Likely to Miss Senate Tax Vote

Senator John McCain of Arizona on Capitol Hill this month. He is likely to miss this week’s vote on the Republican tax overhaul, which is expected to be approved...

New York Times Politics

Image of Cooperation Between White House and Mueller Starts to Fracture

As the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has helped produce a series of indictments and guilty pleas, Republicans have increased their attacks on him, saying his investi...

New York Times Politics

Brexit: Theresa May to discuss end deal with ministers

The PM will meet with senior ministers to debate for the first time what a post-Brexit deal should be...

BBC Politics

UK to send millions in emergency aid to Yemen and demand access from Saudi

Minister Penny Mordaunt has pledged a further £50m in humanitarian aid...

Independent Politics

UK to send millions in emergency aid to Yemen

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt pledged a further £50m to help people caught up in the civil war...

Independent Politics

Student vote 'swings further to Labour'

With tuition fees under scrutiny, researchers say Labour is strengthening its position among students...

BBC Politics

E.P.A. Employees Spoke Out. Then Came Scrutiny of Their Email.

The emails of Gary Morton, an E.P.A. employee in Philadelphia, were requested seven days after he participated in a union rally challenging proposed budget cuts...

New York Times Politics

A Tillerson Slip Offers a Peek Into Secret Planning on North Korea

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson offered tantalizing details on how the United States would race inside North Korea to seize its nuclear weapons in the event of a collapse...

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Politics and Jedis: Mark Hamill slams Ted Cruz on net neutrality

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John McCain, Fighting Brain Cancer, Likely to Miss Vote on Tax Overhaul

Senator John McCain of Arizona on Capitol Hill this month. He may miss this week’s vote on the Republican tax overhaul, which is expected to be approved...

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Congress: All the latest news

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Theresa May insists she will try to sign new trade deals before Brexit transition is over

Prime Minister will also hold Brexit Cabinet talks to establish what kind of trading relationship Britain wants with EU in future...

Independent Politics

IPPR proposes creation of ‘shared market’ for UK and EU

The IPPR proposes a post-Brexit trade deal based on the UK and the EU sharing each other's markets...

BBC Politics

Group calls for a 'shared market' with EU

The IPPR proposes a post-Brexit trade deal based on the UK and the EU sharing each other's markets...

BBC Politics

Home Office gives police an extra £50m to fight terrorism

The extra money will mean next year's annual counter-terrorism budget will rise to £757m...

Independent Politics

What's in the tax bill

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GOP leaders in House, Senate endorse conflicting shutdown strategies

Time is running out, giving rise to quiet concerns that the government could shut down after Friday...

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Trump: McCain has returned to Arizona

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McCain's office says he has returned to Arizona

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Trump says he is not considering firing Mueller

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The secret backstory of how the Obama team let Hezbollah off the hook

An ambitious U.S. task force targeting Hezbollah's billion-dollar criminal enterprise ran headlong into the White House's desire for a nuclear deal w...

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News Analysis: Champion of the ‘Little Guy’? Trump’s Actions Tell Another Story

President Trump at a campaign-style rally this month in Pensacola, Fla. He knows his audience, and he almost always returns to the theme of being the guardian of the working c...

New York Times Politics

Democrats see plot to fire Mueller in escalating GOP attacks

Republican leaders still profess respect for the special counsel, but they've largely stayed silent as rank-and-file members claim the probe is biased...

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Trump Lawyer Says Mueller Improperly Obtained Transition Emails

As the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has helped produce a series of indictments and guilty pleas, Republicans have increased their attacks on him, saying his investi...

New York Times Politics

Liam Fox under fire over £1m-plus plans for new 'trade commissioners' on packages enjoyed by UK ambassadors

Salaries of £120,000, home travel costs and private school fees – critics attack lucrative benefits, when UK is unable to sign its own trade deals...

Independent Politics

Tory rebels urge Theresa May to form cross-party alliance for soft Brexit

Backbenchers who defeated government last week believe PM should reach out to Labour MPs and face down hard BrexitersConservative backbench rebels who defeated the government...

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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump's performance as US president – cartoon

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British embassy worker found dead, believed strangled, in Beirut

Local police suggest Rebecca Dykes, whose body was reportedly found on the side of a motorway, was murderedA woman who worked at the UK embassy in Beirut has been found dead.T...

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Paranoia grips Capitol Hill as harassment scandal spreads

Lawmakers and aides are consumed by one question: Who's next?...

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Brexit: Chief EU negotiator says 'no way' to a bespoke trade deal for the UK

Michel Barnier has said the UK cannot expect all the best bits of existing EU trading models...

Independent Politics

Curbs on capitalism in the 21st century

Controls can include monetary policy, writes Mike Ellwood; Yugo Kovach recommends restricting migrant labour; and there’s always revolution, points out Gareth ReevesI am del...

The Guardian Politics

Debts add to disaster for climate-hit nations | Letters

Sarah-Jayne Clifton says countries such as Antigua and Barbuda need debt cancellation, and assistance to help them rebuild should be grants, not loans, while Ian Tysh tears in...

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Brexit is putting me off this whole ‘will of the people’ idea | Matthew d’Ancona

Vassal states, traitors and enemies of the people: the new political lexicon is a reminder of the dangers of populismIn his great lexicon, Keywords, the New Left critic Raymon...

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Tory activist in Damian Green case had 'violent threats' after Mail article

Inquiry into cabinet minister is understood to be examining whether he briefed newspaper against Kate MaltbyKate Maltby, the Conservative activist who has made allegations of...

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Commons deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle 'devastated' by daughter's death

Natalie Leiws-Hoyle is believed to have died on Thursday evening...

Independent Politics

Trump Lawyer Says Mueller Illegally Obtained Transition Emails

As the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has helped produce a series of indictments and guilty pleas, Republicans have increased their attacks on him, saying his investi...

New York Times Politics

David Mitchell on Blue by Joni Mitchell: “It’s art, so it’s ageless”

From the Long Players series: writers on their most cherished albums. Buying an unheard LP was a risk in the pre-Spotify age. A dud left you with gambler’s despair...

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Jones doesn't think Trump should resign over harassment allegations

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Theresa May to discuss future trade deal with EU in Monday Brexit Cabinet meeting

The team of top ministers will start the process of trying to 'bottom out' what kind of deal Britain wants...

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White House not talking about firing Mueller, top aide says

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Sanders: Corporate taxes would go back up if Democrats retake Senate

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NBC paid employee who accused Matthews of inappropriate comments

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Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama for Today programme guest slot

Teaser released by Kensington Palace for show on 27 December shows prince and former president joking togetherIf you’re set to guest edit a nation’s flagship morning radio...

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Firing Mueller 'obviously' up to Trump, Mnuchin says

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Democrat Jones extends olive branch to Republicans

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