Margaret Thatcher http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/20209/all en Europa: Miscellany as we wait for Wednesday's summit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/europa-miscellany-we-wait-wednesdays-summit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Germans shop til they drop, and stocks rise in advance of tomorrow's big decision day on solving the euro zone debt crisis </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> It&#39;s a special anniversary in the City of London. 25 Years ago this week the financial district underwent the &quot;Big Bang.&quot;</p> <p> Under Margaret Thatcher&#39;s leadership the City&#39;s finacial markets were de-regulated. The new no-rules world came into effect Oct 27th 1986.&nbsp; London became the financial center of the world ... the place where anyone and anything could trade ... result: Financial Services industry is now the single largest sector of UK gdp. London is the home of the international nomenklatura, and property prices continue to rise.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/europa-miscellany-we-wait-wednesdays-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Big Bang euro zone crisis Home Margaret Thatcher Europa GlobalPost Blogs Tue, 25 Oct 2011 13:04:11 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5679091 at http://www.globalpost.com British government secrets revealed after 30 years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/british-government-secrets-revealed-after-30-years Newly released government papers from 30 years ago show a different side of Margaret Thatcher as she dealt with deep social divisions in the UK<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/british-government-secrets-revealed-after-30-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bobby Sands Geoffrey Howe Home IRA IRA hunger strikers Iron Lady Liverpool Margaret Thatcher Maze prison Meryl Streep Michael Heseltine Regions riots Tony Blair United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 30 Dec 2011 09:07:06 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5685466 at http://www.globalpost.com The Iron Lady, biopic of Margaret Thatcher opens in London http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/the-iron-lady-biopic-margaret-thatcher-opens-london <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Critics are unanimous in their praise for Meryl Streep, Conservatives are united in wishing it hadn't happened. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The film about Mrs. Thatcher creates greater unanimity than the real life former Prime Minister ever did during her long political career.</p> <p> Everyone - film critics, former colleagues and the current Prime Minister, David Cameron - is effusive in their praise for star Meryl Streep. They all question whether the film itself is all that good, although for different reasons.</p> <p> Cameron told the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16439209">BBC</a> &quot;it&#39;s a fantastic piece of acting by Meryl Streep.&quot; But added, &quot;It&#39;s more about ageing and elements of dementia rather than about an amazing prime minister&quot;. He added he wished it hadn&#39;t been made just now.&nbsp; Presumably because the former PM is still alive.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/the-iron-lady-biopic-margaret-thatcher-opens-london" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Abi Morgan biopic British Prime Minister Daily Telegraph David Cameron drag queen Home Lord Hurd Lord Tebbitt Margaret Thatcher Meryl Streep Peter Bradshaw Phyllida Law Regions The Guardian The Iron lady Entertainment Europe Culture & Lifestyle United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 06 Jan 2012 13:19:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5686215 at http://www.globalpost.com Falkland War anniversary, deja vu all over again http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/falkland-islands-anniversary-deja-vu-all-over-again <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 30th anniversary of Falkland War between Britain and Argentina is approaching and the two nations resume verbal sparring. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The Falkland Islands is an archipelago in the South Atlantic around 290 miles off the coast of Argentina. They have been a British Overseas Territory since 1833 and today a little over 3,000 British people live there. But Argentina has always laid claim to the Falklands calling them Las Malvinas islands.</p> <p> Thirty years ago this led to war.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/falkland-islands-anniversary-deja-vu-all-over-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 1982 Argentina Argentina Britain Falkland Islands Falkland War Home Las Malvinas Margaret Thatcher Regions Americas Europe United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Thu, 19 Jan 2012 09:44:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5688054 at http://www.globalpost.com The Iron Lady: In memoriam (PHOTOS) http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5805509 <p>Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died following a stroke, her spokesman announced on Monday. She was 87.</p> England Margaret Thatcher World Leaders Europe Politics United Kingdom Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:52:00 +0000 Katrine Dermody and Jessica Phelan 5805509 at http://www.globalpost.com Margaret Thatcher quotes: 'The lady's not for turning' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/130408/margaret-thatcher-quotes-the-ladys-not-for-turning "I don't mind how much my ministers talk, as long as they do what I say."<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/130408/margaret-thatcher-quotes-the-ladys-not-for-turning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Margaret Thatcher World Leaders Want to Know Politics United Kingdom Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:32:00 +0000 Allison Jackson 5805596 at http://www.globalpost.com Margaret Thatcher party packs: A celebration of a lifetime? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/politics/world-leaders/130408/margaret-thatcher-party-packs-celebration-of-death <p>The death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is being met with merriment in addition to mourning.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/politics/world-leaders/130408/margaret-thatcher-party-packs-celebration-of-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Margaret Thatcher World Leaders Entertainment Want to Know Politics United Kingdom Mon, 08 Apr 2013 16:37:00 +0000 Katrine Dermody 5805605 at http://www.globalpost.com Thatcher’s death prompts sharply divided opinion over her legacy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/130408/thatcher-death-britain-legacy <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">LONDON &mdash; Margaret Thatcher, Britain&rsquo;s first female prime minister and one of the 20th century&rsquo;s most prominent political figures, died of a stroke in London on Wednesday.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">Her death prompted tributes from around the world for the first elected female leader of a major Western country, and reignited debate over the contentious legacy of her unflinchingly conservative policies.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/130408/thatcher-death-britain-legacy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Margaret Thatcher Need to Know World Leaders Diplomacy United Kingdom Mon, 08 Apr 2013 18:49:00 +0000 Corinne Purtill 5805848 at http://www.globalpost.com For Margaret Thatcher, few tears shed in South Africa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/130408/margaret-thatcher-south-africa-nelson-mandela-anc-terrorists <p>JOHANNESBURG &mdash; When much of the world enforced sanctions on apartheid South Africa in the 1980s, Thatcher refused, instead pursuing a policy of &ldquo;constructive engagement&rdquo; with the country&rsquo;s white minority government. Now, after her death at 87, the three-term British prime minister&rsquo;s legacy is as polarizing in South Africa as it is in Britain.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/130408/margaret-thatcher-south-africa-nelson-mandela-anc-terrorists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Margaret Thatcher World Leaders Want to Know Diplomacy South Africa United Kingdom Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:57:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5805950 at http://www.globalpost.com Faux-pas of the Day: Thatcher Gaffes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/quick-click/top-three-margaret-thatcher-gaffes Top three Thatcher gaffes: In the wake of Margaret Thatcher's death, we are reminded that it is better to get the story right than to get it first.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/quick-click/top-three-margaret-thatcher-gaffes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Margaret Thatcher Quick Click World Leaders Quick Click Europe China United Kingdom Thailand Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:09:00 +0000 Katrine Dermody 5807198 at http://www.globalpost.com Guts and determination made Margaret Thatcher remarkable http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/commentary/margaret-thatcher-guts-determination-journalists-coverage LONDON — When I first arrived in London, I spent the first few weeks trying to explain to my American audience how remarkable it was that a woman had become the prime minister of a highly traditional, hidebound country. Of course, what was really remarkable about her was not her gender but her guts and determination. How many politicians these days tell you what they are really thinking?<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/commentary/margaret-thatcher-guts-determination-journalists-coverage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columnists Margaret Thatcher Commentary United Kingdom Tue, 09 Apr 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Tom Fenton 5807548 at http://www.globalpost.com Rancorous Thatcher debate continues in parliament and the streets http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/130410/margaret-thatcher-debate-britain-parliament-stree As divisive in death as she was during her long political career, the former prime minister's funeral is scheduled for next Wednesday.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/130410/margaret-thatcher-debate-britain-parliament-stree" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Margaret Thatcher Need to Know United Kingdom Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:20:00 +0000 Corinne Purtill and Jennifer Mattson 5809074 at http://www.globalpost.com Maggie Thatcher: the rock ‘n’ roll years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/130412/margaret-maggie-thatcher-rock-n-roll <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">BRUSSELS &mdash; Margaret Thatcher&#39;s Britain could be an unforgiving place for a teenager. There was fighting in the streets, rampant unemployment and money was too tight to mention.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">Although life may have looked grim, however, at least it had a blistering soundtrack.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">From the incendiary rock of The Clash to The Smiths&#39; melodic gloom, the dance-floor politics of the 2 Tone bands and the simmering outrage of Elvis Costello, the Thatcher era fired up a golden generation of angry young musicians.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/130412/margaret-maggie-thatcher-rock-n-roll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Margaret Thatcher World Leaders Entertainment Want to Know United Kingdom Sat, 13 Apr 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Paul Ames 5813641 at http://www.globalpost.com Margaret Thatcher given full ceremonial funeral http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/130417/margaret-thatcher-funeral-photos Prime Minister David Cameron called the proceedings a "fitting tribute to a great prime minister respected around the world."<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/130417/margaret-thatcher-funeral-photos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Margaret Thatcher Need to Know World Leaders United Kingdom Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:50:00 +0000 Corinne Purtill and Jessica Phelan 5818258 at http://www.globalpost.com Margaret Thatcher given full ceremonial funeral http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5818332 <p>Prime Minister David Cameron called the proceedings &quot;a fitting tribute to a great prime minister.&quot;</p> Margaret Thatcher World Leaders United Kingdom Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:53:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5818332 at http://www.globalpost.com