From Brexit to Trump, on both sides of the Atlantic populism has run aground | Rafael Behr

Until recently both were forces to be feared. But with the G20 about to start, the vision of rolling revolution has been exposed as pure fantasy

A nation’s standing in the world is hard to measure, and change is not always obvious from the inside. To get a sense of perspective, try holding Theresa May’s appearance at the G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday against the memory of a similar event eight years ago.

The comparison is a little unfair because the 2009 meeting was in London. Gordon Brown, as the hosting prime minister, loomed large over the proceedings. But Brown also made that G20 gathering matter by an exertion of political will. He travelled the world and worked the phone, corralling his international peers towards a deal – a trillion-dollar stimulus for a world economy still reeling from financial meltdown.

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The Guardian view on North Korea: burgers not bombs | Editorial

Pyongyang’s latest missile launch is a potent reminder that little time is left to slow the North’s weapons programme. Talks are unpalatable – but necessary

The prospect of sitting down to hamburgers with Kim Jong-un, as aired by Donald Trump, is not appetising. But North Korea’s latest missile launch should remind the United States that it can’t wait for him to eat humble pie, nor expect China to take his lunch away.

Pyongyang’s bold claims of a successful intercontinental ballistic missile test don’t have to be absolutely accurate to be alarming. The US military has suggested it was an intermediate-range missile, though others believe it was an ICBM. It was not “capable of hitting anywhere in the world”, but at least one analyst judged it capable of reaching Alaska. It demonstrates that North Korea’s programme is gathering pace, even if important technical challenges remain. Pyongyang has now launched more major missiles in the last three years than in the previous three decades. Mr Trump had already warned that “patience is over”; the Obama administration’s waiting game failed to hold back the grains in the hourglass.

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