Denis MacShane, The Independent

Denis MacShane

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Past articles by Denis:

France may be opening the door for the next Trump

The video footage of a French policeman shooting a 17-year-old dead through a car window has shocked the whole country, writes Denis MacShane. Interior minister Darmamin’s anti-immigrant demagogy is doing Macron immense damage → Read More

The end of Boris Johnson does not mean the end of Brexit

The next UK prime minister will be even more anti-European → Read More

Puzzled, bored, overly negative: I read the room at Keir Starmer’s ‘Make Brexit Work’ speech

The Labour leader had nothing positive to say about Britain’s neighbours and the achievements of the EU in lifting the standard of living → Read More

Macron’s defeat doesn’t only weaken France – it has serious implications for Europe

A France that no longer turns out to vote will fall prey to other political temptations → Read More

First Syria, now Ukraine – Britain cannot backstab its allies over chemical weapons again

In 2013, Putin won the biggest victory against western democracies in the 21st century → Read More

Cyprus is too busy playing politics to care about justice

A young British women allegedly raped in Cyprus has been cleared of lying – but questions remain about democracy and rule of law on the island → Read More

Here are the 10 guilty parties responsible for Brexit

From David Cameron to the Remain campaign, Denis MacShane identifies those responsible for Britain leaving the EU → Read More

Desmond Tutu was a born preacher who exposed the sheer stupidity of apartheid

Very few have made such a difference to their nation and to history, writes Denis MacShane → Read More

What happened to the amiable, hard-working David Frost I once knew?

Frost has finally learnt what decades of Foreign Office experience can never teach – that politics is not diplomacy and there is no loyalty at the top of state power → Read More

We all love the Queen, but she’s not the monarchy – it’s time to imagine a future without her

The Queen’s accelerating frailty since the death of Prince Philip is clear for all to see, writes Denis MacShane. The nation is looking for a fresh start → Read More

France now has a chance to bury the demons of its darkest political era

Can Valérie Pécresse, Les Républicains’ candidate, overtake Le Pen and Zemmour, asks Denis MacShane → Read More

Boris Johnson’s worst nightmare? President Michel Barnier

Barnier would terrify English Francophobes as a French president who refuses to accept any of the lies that won the Brexit vote → Read More

Meeting constituents is central to an MP’s work – but safety needs to be a priority

Even as colleagues mourn the loss of a good, decent man in Sir David Amess, I doubt any of them would not wish to be available to the people of their country → Read More

The left is sweeping to power across Europe – seems like yesterday they were saying that about nationalists

The paradox of the last decade, beginning with the financial crisis and ending with the Covid pandemic, is that the European left has come back to life. Here’s why → Read More

Forget Brexit and Boris – Britain is the envy of Europe thanks to the NHS

All over Europe, political jaws are dropping that the UK is moving faster and more effectively than any other nation on the continent with its Covid vaccination programme → Read More

The problem with Brexit talks is that the UK and EU are negotiating two separate things

While a Brexit deal is about politics for the UK, it’s simply a trade deal for the EU. Boris Johnson’s behaviour in the talks shows a worrying ignorance about the reality → Read More

Why a Joe Biden election loss will mark the end of the 1968 generation’s influence on politics

As yesterday’s radicals retire or bow out, it seems the long march of that age is coming to its natural end → Read More

The onward march of the nationalist far-right across Europe is over

Academics and journalists thought the rise of nationalist populism was unstoppable. But it does appear to be diminishing, for three reasons → Read More

20 Brexit problems that still haven’t been solved

Talks may yet break down. But even if, as is likely, some minimal agreement is reached on tariffs and quotas, the process of leaving the EU is only just getting underway → Read More

Turkey is the biggest threat to Europe today, and the Greeks need our help

As one former foreign minister put it, ‘if the EU’s foreign policy is now vegetarian, German foreign policy is vegan’ → Read More