On October 23 the United States imposed sanctions on a Russian government research institute for its links to malware used to target critical infrastructure. “The Russian Government continues to engage in dangerous cyber-activities aimed at the United States and our allies”, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. The…

“If we want our ecosystem to be sustainable, it has to be sovereign”. These were French president Emmanuel Macron’s closing words to an audience of start-ups at a September tech conference in the Elysée palace, Paris. Mr Macron, no stranger to touting Europe’s need to flex its independence, used his…

As the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report into Russian activity in the UK was released, protests continued for the 10th consecutive day in the far eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk. Tens of thousands have poured out onto the streets, angry at what has been seen as the politically motivated arrest…

When Russia orchestrated a separatist takeover of the Donbas region of Ukraine in 2014, few would have predicted five years later a former television star with no traditional political experience would be elected on a promise to end the conflict. …

What is the future of NATO? As an election campaign with almost no discussion of security and defence raged across the UK the alliance met in London at the start of December to celebrate its 70th anniversary. Members put on a united front. NATO’s core mission of collective defence, where…

The UK is hurtling towards a December general election. It will be the country’s third in five years. It will be the most consequential in decades. And more than ever before, it will be a battle over who represents ‘the people’. It is a risky strategy for all involved.

Labour…

On 8 September, from the Arctic to the Black Sea, Russians will vote in local and regional elections. All eyes, however, will be on Moscow.

Since mid July pro-democracy protesters have taken to the street angry at the decision to disqualify opposition candidates from running for the local city council…

On 26 July, on the first official phone call between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Donald Trump, both leaders agreed that Brexit offered an “unparalleled opportunity” to strengthen the UK-US special relationship. The conversation followed various exchanges of affection, flattery and praise between both men. The US president described…

At 22:00 BST on 26 May the final polling stations will close in the 2019 European Parliament elections. Taking place over four days across 28 countries to elect 751 MEPs, it is the second largest democratic exercise on the planet.

Not that you would always know. These elections often pass…

Russian President Vladimir Putin on 1 May signed the controversial sovereign internet bill into law. It will come into force 1 November despite the concern, confusion and even ridicule on show during its State Duma readings. …

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