An EU flag in Greece, which has been devastated by European austerity policies.Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images
Leader: Europe's battalion of woes
By New Statesman - 02 July 16:20

The European Union has indeed brought peace and prosperity, but now this hard-earned and long-cherished stability is fracturing.

Dylan Roof appears in court via video link in North Carolina. But why is he not called a "terrorist"? Photo: Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images
When is a terrorist not a terrorist? When he’s a white man with a gun
By Helen Lewis - 02 July 14:12

Dylan Roof, Anders Breivik - these men aren't called "terrorists" because we're not allowed to fear white supremacy or male violence.

Kristian Thulesen Dahl, leader of The Danish People’s Party, celebrates after the election. Photo: Linda Kastrup/AFP/Getty Images
Why even Scandinavia is moving to the right
By Mark Leonard - 02 July 9:52

The fall of Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Scandinavia’s move to the right.

Too far from home: a symbolic graveyard for migrants created on the lawns of the Reichstag building, Berlin, by activists protesting against EU refugee policy. Photo: Ian McGowan
Burying the Syrian dead in Berlin
By Musa Okwonga - 02 July 9:35

Musa Okwonga attends the burial of a Syrian man, lost trying to cross the Mediterranean, organised by Berliners.

A highway patrol officer guarding shops from looters during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Photo: Peter Turnley/Corbis
Keeping it real: All Involved by Ryan Gattis
By Leo Robson - 02 July 9:29

This novel about the 1992 Los Angeles riots holds itself to a standard of verisimilitude – of the raw, unvarnished, authentic – that is is deeply immersive and deathly dull.

Rule the school: Mobile’s juvenile Mardi Gras king and queen in 2010. Photo: Jeff and Meggan Haller/Keyhole Photo/Corbis
The secret history of Mardi Gras
By Kate Mossman - 02 July 8:50

Segregated Mardi Gras in Alabama tells us a lot about life in the South.

A bank manager tries to calm pensioners down. Photo: Getty
Don't punish the Greeks for the current crisis – they shoulder the heaviest burden
By Vicky Pryce - 01 July 11:40

It's hard to imagine many other countries putting up with a 25 per cent decline in GDP, a 26 per cent unemployment rate and 35 per cent salary cuts without a revolution and a public lynching of their elected officials.

Children run past a mural of Nelson Mandela and other freedom fighters in Soweto. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty
Is the democratic order under threat in South Africa?
By Martin Plaut - 01 July 10:46

Respect for the constitutional order has been gradually eroded under President Zuma. 

Atop the Acropolis in Athens. Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images
At the last minute, Greece requests a third bailout
By New Statesman - 30 June 15:55

The Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has made a dramatic bid for a financial lifeline.

A Syrian refugee waits to cross the border into Turkey. Photo: Uygar Onder Simsek/AFP/Getty Images
Is the way the media reports Islamic State’s treatment of women making things worse?
By Samira Shackle - 29 June 14:26

As in any war, the “rape crisis” in Syria and Iraq is complicated, and the way it is reported shapes the false assumptions and stigma women face.

A pensioner waits to draw his pension outside a closed branch of the National Bank. Photo: Getty
A view from Athens: why I believe there will be no exit for Greece
By Evel Economakis - 29 June 12:08

While queueing at a cash point after hardly any sleep amid last night's drama, the Athens-based teacher Evel Economakis still believes his country will hang on in the eurozone.

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras(L), his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi (C) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: Getty
A view from Athens: is a “backflip” by Syriza in the Greek debt crisis negotiations inevitable?
By Evel Economakis - 26 June 12:36

Is Syriza simply looking to take Greece from a deal-making cliffhanger to plain-sailing for the middle classes who had stability and prospects before the crash?

Emergency services gather at the entrance to the Grenoble factory. Image: Getty.
Police have opened a terror investigation into an attack on a French factory
By Barbara Speed - 26 June 11:26

One person is dead and several are reported wounded at the site of a suspected terrorist attack near Lyon.

Pope Francis: not as cuddly as he looks. Photo: Franco Origlia/Getty Images
It would be great to have a progressive, kind Pope. Sadly, Pope Francis isn’t it
By Sarah Ditum - 26 June 11:11

Pope Francis has been lauded for the green focus of his latest encyclical. But in his attitude to overpopulation and women’s rights, he is justifying exactly the sort of exploitation he is supposedly against.

New Zealand's Martin Guptill catches out England's Joe Root. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images
The Kiwi cricket team thrilled us because they tried to recapture the naivety of childhood games
By Ed Smith - 26 June 10:48

Ed Smith celebrates the free spirit of the New Zealand cricket team.

The 14th Dalai Lama in 2006. Photo: Yancho Sabev via Wikimedia Commons.
The strange case of the anti-Dalai Lama protesters trolling Glastonbury
By Barbara Speed - 26 June 9:48

A mass of near-identical accounts have been spamming the Glastonbury hashtag over the past week. But who are they, and what do they want? 

A Salvadorean woman marching for abortion rights. Photo: Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images
El Salvador, the country where women get jailed for having a miscarriage
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 25 June 16:43

In the UK, it can feel like Latin America had simply been wiped off the map, but women there are facing terrible injustices that completely escape our attention.

Jeb Bush, brother of former president George W Bush. Photo:  William Thomas Cain/Getty Images
Bush vs Clinton 2: How two political dynasties captured the American people
By Chris McGreal - 25 June 12:00

Is America so shorn of fresh leadership and ideas that it is rerunning old elections?

African migrants stranded on a boat. Photo: Getty
"Shameful consequences?": Europe contemplates Australian response to African migrants
By Martin Plaut - 25 June 11:04

Will the EU's contemplation of Australia's "solution" to the migration crisis, denying all those rescued at sea the right to settle, end in "shameful consequences"?

Flats in the Hovsjoe district in south-western Soedertaelje, where many Syrian refugees in Sweden live. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images
I’ve changed my mind about the Swedes. They took in 40,000 Syrian refugees last year: Britain took 24
By Nicholas Lezard - 25 June 10:23

One thing the Swedes definitely do better than we do, and where we ought really to look a bit sheepish, is in the welcome they give to immigrants.

Hand in hand: Chinese and Pakistani border guards at the Khunjerab Pass, which extends between their countries
Farewell to the American century
By Mark Leonard - 25 June 10:09

As US influence wanes, a new world is emerging.

No resistance: an anti-drone protest in Pakistan.
Eyes in the sky: the legal and philosophical implications of drone warfare
By David Patrikarakos - 25 June 10:07

Regardless of its critics, drone warfare is here to stay.

A British Muslim teacher teaches his British Muslim pupils. Photo: Getty
Is teaching a counter-terrorism curriculum the best way to stop young people being radicalised?
By Samira Shackle - 24 June 17:43

As a Muslim community organisation launches a special counter-terrorism curriculum this week, will theological teachings help the UK challenge extremism?

An anti-austerity demonstration in Lisbon in 2014. Photo: Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images
Why the left is losing the austerity argument
By Peter Wise - 24 June 10:11

Unlike voters in Greece, Spain or Ireland, the Portuguese are not turning to left-wing parties – even the moderate mainstream left is failing to turn Portugal’s hardships to its advantage.

Xi Jinping delivers his speech for the National Day reception in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, September 2014. Photo: How Hwee Young/EPA
What the West should know about Xi Jinping, China’s most powerful leader since Mao
By Jonathan Fenby - 23 June 12:12

In the two years since he took China's most important job, Xi Jinping has strengthened his grip on the state.

The confederate flag, The stars represent the number of states in the confederacy. Photo: William Porcher Miles. .
Watch: John Oliver on why the Confederate battle flag should come down, for good
By Barbara Speed - 22 June 16:38

In the wake of last week's Charleston shootings, people across the US want to see the "racist symbol" removed. 

David Cameron on a visit to a Manchester mosque in 2013. Photo: Darren Staples/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Why is David Cameron using British Muslims as the scapegoat for his government’s failings?
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 19 June 16:51

The prime minister’s approach to radicalisation sees Muslims as somehow the pure product of their religion, not as British citizens, while also conveniently glossing over government failings.

Yanis Varoufakis sitting on the floor looking tired. Photo: Getty
A view from Athens: we're further from Grexit than the fearmongers would have you think
By Evel Economakis - 18 June 16:07

Sources in Syriza's leftwing faction say that the stakes are nowhere near as high as those involved in the debt crisis negotiations suggest.

I would like, more than almost anything else in the world, to get merry with Merkel. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty
Why I love Angela Merkel
By Eleanor Margolis - 17 June 14:59

She’s sort of the female Mark Corrigan of European politics. She’s ruled out legalising same-sex marriage in Germany. And yet I find everything about her joyous.

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