Trump urges Nato members to double defence spending
The coffee had barely been poured at breakfast when Donald Trump launched his first blistering attack on his allies. They were expecting him to lambaste them for how little he feels they are contributing to NATO’s military might compared to the United States. More of a surprise was when he said Germany was “totally controlled…
Fallon: ‘No correlation between foreign policy and this appalling act of terrorism’
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon says Jeremy Corbyn is wrong to link British foreign policy to terrorism, and responds to previous comments from Boris Johnson, who once said that while the Iraq War “didn’t create the problem of murderous Islamic fundamentalists, the war has unquestionably sharpened the resentments felt by such people”.
FactCheck: will Brexit protect Britain from terrorism?
Does Britain’s membership of the EU makes us less safe? That’s what Leave campaigners Iain Duncan Smith and Boris Johnson have suggested, among others. Mr Duncan Smith said last month that a Paris-style attack is more likely to happen here if the UK votes to Remain in the EU. And Boris Johnson wrote in a…
FactCheck: how dangerous is North Korea?
North Korea’s leaders say the communist country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. Should we believe them? Should we panic?
FactCheck Q&A: Britain’s real military strength
The government is putting a positive spin on today’s big announcement on defence spending. How strong will the armed forces really be in 2020?
FactCheck: Is the Islamic State group on the back foot in Syria and Iraq?
The so-called Islamic State has shown itself capable of striking civilian targets in western Europe. But is the terror group on the back foot in its heartlands of Iraq and Syria?
FactCheck Q&A: Crime and punishment in Saudi Arabia
The justice training deal may be off, and there’s new hope for Karl Andree, the Brit sentenced to lashes in Saudi Arabia. What’s left of Britain’s relationship there?
Labour: what does it stand for now?
Labour party policy on issues like Britain’s membership of the EU and nuclear weapons is becoming increasingly hard to pin down.
FactCheck: Is the government cooking the books on defence spending?
George Osborne surprised many by announcing that Britain will meet its Nato defence spending commitments. Is it too good to be true?
Trident ‘whistleblower’ William McNeilly detained
The Royal Navy submariner who published a dossier of alleged security failings of the Trident nuclear programme has been “apprehended” by Royal Navy Police.
Election 2015: did everyone forget about foreign policy?
Foreign policy: two words that have so far played very little part in the run-up to the general election. What would the parties do?
FactCheck: is the UK set to break its Nato defence spending obligations?
Will Britain stick to its commitment to spend at least 2 per cent of GDP on defence?
Will closing three UK airbases help US save money?
The Pentagon announces that it is to withdraw from three of its UK air force bases as part of a reorganisation of forces aimed at saving half a billion dollars across Europe.
FactCheck: should jihadis be tried for treason?
Ministers are talking about reviving the ancient laws of treason to deal with jihadis. What is treason and should it make a comeback?
FactCheck: another illegal war in Iraq?
British pilots could be in action over Iraq again soon. Is the legal case for military action stronger than the last time around?