Tony Blair wanted to Great Britain to be the bridge between America and the European Union. Now he'll have to choose between the two.11:00 PM, Mar 17, 2003 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
TONY BLAIR'S PROBLEMS will not end with the unseating of Saddam Hussein. Nor will they end when he crushes the revolt of the loony left in his party. He will still have to face the fact that his foreign policy--indeed, his view of the world in the 21st century--is in tatters.
Some time ago I upset Britain's prime minister by suggesting that his notion of becoming a bridge between the United States and Europe is a fantasy and that Britain would some day soon have to choose between America and a Europe dominated by a Franco-German axis.
How Britain won and lost the world.Mar 24, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 27 • By MAX BOOT
The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power
by Niall Ferguson
Jacques Chirac's imperious overreach.Mar 3, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 24 • By MAX BOOT
WE INTERRUPT the latest bout of hand-wringing over the fate of the Atlantic Alliance with an important news flash: The United States won a significant victory last week in its long-term quest to ensure that Europe remains a friend, not a competitor.
Jacques Chirac, like every one of his predecessors since Charles de Gaulle, has been trying to turn Europe into a rival power center to balance the American "hyperpower." His latest ploy was to try to rally European states against America's Iraq policies.
Blair discovers it's not easy being pro-American in Europe.Feb 3, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 20 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
IF A DILEMMA HAD more than two horns, Tony Blair would be impaled on all of them. He has to please his electorate, but only 15 percent agree with him that if a war is necessary to disarm Saddam Hussein, war it will be (with or without a new U.N. resolution). He has to please his European allies, but they are dead set against aligning themselves with America. He has to spend an enormous amount of time and energy on foreign affairs, although voters are calling for him to pay more attention to domestic matters.
From the January 20, 2003 issue: Clintonus Maximus!Jan 20, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 18 • By
ON SUNDAY, January 5, 82-year-old Roy Jenkins died at his home in Oxfordshire, England. Jenkins was a great and distinguished man: a Welsh miner's son who became a three-time cabinet minister, founder of the Social Democratic party, president of the European Commission, author of more than 20 much admired books of historical scholarship, a British life peer, and member of the Queen's Order of Merit. Baron Jenkins's death leaves his final position, chancellor of Oxford University, open.
This week's terrorist arrests in Europe might open an unsettling new front in the war on terrorism.12:00 AM, Dec 19, 2002 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
ENOUGH TERRORISTS have been arrested in Europe in recent days--three in Edinburgh, four in London, four in Paris--to make this one of the bigger police weeks since September 11. The French arrests, which took place in the north Paris suburb of La Courneuve, are particularly unsettling for two reasons:
First, because early indications are that the group there was at an advanced stage of carrying out a chemical-weapons attack.
The global anti-American Left and what makes them tick.Nov 25, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 11 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
AS TENS OF THOUSANDS of anti-globalization activists began converging on the European Social Forum on November 7, you could see small trucks trundling panes of corrugated steel and aluminum sheeting towards the center of Florence. Walking through the Piazza della Repubblica, you could hear the zheem! zheem! of air wrenches riveting these barricades onto shop-fronts and department store windows. New Louis Vuitton and Fendi boutiques, scheduled to open days previously, had delayed their grand openings, and were totally encased.
He's pro-American; they're not.Oct 14, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 05 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
"THE BASIC VALUES of America are our values too . . . and they are good values." To Americans, that statement by Prime Minister Tony Blair, in his speech to last week's annual Labour party conference, sounds uncontroversial, even banal. But to many of the rank-and-file members of his party, any praise of America, especially in the context of a statement of support for our position on Iraq, is praise too far.
The British crime invasion.Apr 22, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 31 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
THINKING OF VISITING London? Great idea. Airfares are low, the weather is fine, the chance of contracting mad cow disease has fallen from infinitesimal to zero, and the talented British actors tread the boards of the West End and National theaters with their usual skill and verve.
But leave your Rolex at home. At least once each day someone here is mugged for his or her Rolex, and typically badly mauled in the process. And if you hire a car and driver to show you around, make sure the driver is reasonably expert in evasive tactics.
The architect and his city.Feb 4, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 20 • By HUGH ORMSBY-LENNON
His Invention So Fertile
A Life of Christopher Wren
by Adrian Tinniswood
Oxford University Press, 463 pp., $35
SI monumentum requiris, circumspice. So runs the famous inscription on Christopher Wren's tomb: "If you seek his monument, look around." And what you see is the whole of St. Paul's, the cathedral Wren began designing for London in 1666.
At the end of "His Invention So Fertile"--the first biography of Wren in a generation--Adrian Tinniswood asserts that as a scientist, astronomer, and architect, Wren was responsible for far more.
The man behind Margaret Thatcher's party.Jan 14, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 17 • By DAVID LOWE
by Andrew Denham and Mark Garnett
Acumen, 458 pp., $39.50
JUST twenty-five years ago, Britain stood on the brink of economic disaster as the "sick man of Europe." One of its two major parties was chained to socialist dogma, and the other was intellectually bankrupt. It's fitting that credit for the profound transformation of the 1980s should go to Margaret Thatcher.
He's a foreign policy star, but his domestic agenda's in shambles.Dec 24, 2001, Vol. 7, No. 15 • By DANIEL CASSE
SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, British prime minister Tony Blair has enjoyed, in the eyes of Americans, his finest hour. His appearance in the Capitol gallery during President Bush's war address to a joint session of Congress marked a spirit of U.S.-British cooperation and goodwill that recalled the final years of World War II. Since then, Blair's emotional speeches on the moral case for the war and his willingness to send British troops to combat have suggested the possibility of a new Atlantic alliance and a deeper Bush-Blair partnership.
English literature's best unrediscovered woman writer.Dec 10, 2001, Vol. 7, No. 13 • By ALAN JACOBS
IN RECENT YEARS, "neglected women writers" have been much in vogue, with publishers bringing out series after series of them. Yet Dorothy Osborne, the most remarkable of that company, has been overlooked by literary archaeologists--and it is a scandal that her work is not more widely available.
Tories complain, but there's good reason for Tony Blair's popularity here.Dec 10, 2001, Vol. 7, No. 13 • By MICHAEL GONZALEZ
MY TORY FRIENDS have become very worried--angry even--about British prime minister Tony Blair's newfound popularity in America. What especially grates on them is that Blair is now admired by American conservatives, the last Tory constituency of any value.
"It won't last, you know," they tell me, but I recognize the anxiety in their voices. They whine that "Tony"--he's always Tony to those who hate him most, with the first syllable not just emphasized, but pronounced in a slightly higher tone--will use his newfound influence eventually to introduce something wicked, like the euro.