Can democracy survive Donald Trump? – video

Donald Trump is driving liberals crazy, says Jonathan Freedland, but how worried should they really be? He claims that norms of democracy – such as a free press and the rule of law – have already been undermined by the new president. And, he says, the idea of democracy is falling out of favour with young people across the globe

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This British government is cruel – and the opposition is useless

What kind of government breaks a promise to give shelter to 3,000 of the most desperate people on Earth, children fleeing war and devastation? What kind of government sneaks out an announcement that the 3,000 places it had reserved for child refugees will be shrunk to 350 and, after that, the doors to this peaceful and prosperous country will be slammed shut?

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A warning to world leaders: embracing Trump could be a costly mistake

Think of it as a meeting of the world’s smallest club: the Donald Trump Appreciation Society (world leaders’ branch). Two of its leading lights met today in Downing Street, as Theresa May greeted Benjamin Netanyahu for a round of talks, before the Israeli prime minister flies to Washington to meet the man himself. If May had invited Vladimir Putin to join them, they’d nearly have had the club’s full membership.

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First on the White House agenda – the collapse of the global order. Next, war?

Donald Trump doesn’t read books. He leaves that to his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, the man rapidly emerging as the true power behind the gaudy Trump throne. Given Bannon’s influence – he is the innermost member of the president’s inner circle and will have a permanent seat on the National Security Council, a privilege Trump has denied the head of the US military – it’s worth taking a good look at the books on his bedside table.

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