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.

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 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.

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 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?

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"?

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.

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.

Kievan Lavra and the view over the city.
In Kiev, after the revolution, what do ordinary Ukrainians really think?
By Jana Bakunina - 16 June 10:01

A new police force, rising prices and hope for the future on the streets of Ukraine’s capital.

Rain on the people’s parade: “however sweet the propaganda”, King argues, the European Union is anti-democratic and “a tool for multinationals”. Photo: Jonathan McHugh
John King: The left wing case for leaving the EU
By John King - 11 June 14:31

Supporters of the EU sneer “Little Englander” at those with a different opinion, but most of the arguments against membership are left-leaning and liberal.

Women protesting in Dublin after the death of Savita Halappanavar in 2012. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty
The abuse of Irish women can go on no longer – abortion must be legalised
By Sarah Ditum - 10 June 16:01

In Britain, women’s options are constrained and conditional, but there are at least options. In Ireland, there are none.

Conchita Wurst hands over the trophy to 2015 Eurovision winner Mans Zelmerloew of Sweden. Photo: Nigel Treblin/Getty
This was the year Eurovision became more about the politics than the songs
By Eleanor Margolis - 26 May 17:34

What with Russia’s homophobia and Britain’s EU tensions, it’s not really about the music anymore.

Gay marriage campaigners celebrate Ireland's Yes vote. Photo: Getty
Just 22 years after homosexuality was legalised, Ireland votes yes to gay marriage
By Helen Lewis - 23 May 21:44

More than 62 per cent of people voted in favour of the change.

A yes campaign poster in Dublin. Photo: Getty
Will Ireland make history and vote for same sex marriage?
By Aoife Moriarty - 20 May 11:23

This referendum has brought a clear dichotomy in Irish society into sharp focus: the divide between traditional Catholicism and a more progressive, global outlook.

Victory Day in Russia: why use a huge military display to commemorate peace?
By Jana Bakunina - 11 May 18:02

Cutting through the patriotism in Russia's Victory Day march.

A crowd of supporters hold up “Je Suis Charlie” signs. Photo: Franck Pennant/AFP/Getty Images
If you don’t speak French, how can you judge if Charlie Hebdo is racist?
By Robert McLiam Wilson - 29 April 9:16

Prominent writers have chosen to boycott a PEN gala in honour of Charlie Hebdo. But are they in any position to pass judgement?

Brie, a French gastronomic specialty. Photo: Cate Gillon/Getty Images
French-bashing, my phantom chat with Nicola Sturgeon... and remembering Gallipoli
By Sylvie Bermann - 28 April 9:36

French ambassador Sylvia Bermann gives the final word on Sturgeon's alleged support of the Tories.

The Armenian genocide memorial in Armenia. Photo: Flickr/z@doune
The Armenian genocide: the journey from victim to survivor
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 April 9:59

The global activity around the Armenian genocide centenary is unprecedented – reality TV stars, western lawyers, Turkish intellectuals, metalheads and the Pope have all spoken out. But has this brought international recognition any closer?

A shipwrecked migrant and child on arrival in Greece. Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty
Mare Nostrum and the high price of guarding “our sea”
By Daniel Trilling - 23 April 12:18

It seems that the British government views migrant deaths as a useful deterrent, but criminal activity remains unaffected by the decision to let desperate migrants drown.

Perestroika is turning 30 – so why aren't Russians celebrating?
By Jana Bakunina - 16 April 8:42

I was six when perestroika was introduced, and I remember the benefits. So why aren't Russians looking back fondly to Gorbachev's reforms?

Marine Le Pen. Photo: Getty
Marine Le Pen repudiates her (racist) dad Jean-Marie, calling his strategy political suicide
By Stephanie Boland - 08 April 15:53

Marine Le Pen has declared that her father Jean-Marie can no longer "hold the party hostage" following his recent remarks on the Holocaust.

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The mystery president: How the Charlie Hebdo shooting saved François Hollande's reputation
By Charles Bremner - 07 April 7:52

François Hollande was elected on a promise to rule from the left, but proved an unpopular figure – until the January attack on Charlie Hebdo offered an unexpected reprieve.

Among the ruins: a collapsed building in Vuhlehirsk, eastern Ukraine, destroyed in the fighting between Ukrainian and rebel troops in February. Photo: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GETTY
Vladimir Putin is fighting for political survival – by provoking unrest in Ukraine
By John Simpson - 30 March 9:44

Writing from Sevastapol, the BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson explains how the Russian president is stalling - and his Crimean coup is an attempt to distract the west.

From popular leader to enemy of the west: it is 15 years since Putin came to power
By James Rodgers - 26 March 15:47

The Russian president has been in power in some capacity for 15 years. Is his political autumn finally looming?

A woman watches the Crimea documentary this week. Photo: DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images
Vladimir Putin is not dead
By Stephanie Boland - 16 March 12:26

While his statements on Crimea are alarming, rumours of the Russian president's death have been – oh, you know how it goes.