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.

Illustration: John Thys/AFP/Getty
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.

An EU explainer for the easily bored: what happens if we leave?
By Frances Robinson - 10 March 11:33

Doom, whisky, and getting lost in mazes: what are the options for the UK flouncing out of the European Union?

Russia vs the west: the consequences of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine
By Elizabeth Pond - 05 March 12:12

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has destroyed the peace in Europe for a generation.

Vladimir Putin. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/AFP/Getty Images
The assassination of Boris Nemtsov shows that in Putin's Russia, anything is permitted
By Angus Roxburgh - 05 March 10:17

The west can do very little to intervene as Putin hunkers down.

Rokhaya Diallo taking part in a protest on International Migrants Day 2014. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images
In France, who gets to be a feminist?
By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky - 04 March 17:58

The decision by the mayor of Paris’s 20th arrondissement to withdraw from an event with a well-known feminist and anti-racist campaigner has sparked questions of how racism and Islamophobia are discussed in France after the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Vladimir Putin addressing a rally of supporters at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow in 2012. Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images
Why do Russians still support Vladimir Putin?
By Jana Bakunina - 04 March 14:56

Talking to Russians young and old, Jana Bakunina found five main reasons why support for the president has not declined in the face of international pressure.

The 1992 liberalisation of the airline market allowed carriers to offer cheaper flights. Photo: Alexander Klein/AFP/Getty Images
An EU explainer for the easily bored: what has Europe ever done for me?
By Frances Robinson - 03 March 15:47

Thanks to the EU, wine is more affordable, flights are cheaper and you can access the internet on your phone abroad without having to get another mortgage. And that’s not all. . .

Vladimir Putin at the 2011 International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. Photo: Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images
Vladimir Putin has torn my family apart
By Jana Bakunina - 26 February 16:37

I grew up in a family of Soviet intelligentsia, but the relentless propaganda from Russia’s state-controlled media has convinced my father that I am not a patriot. I am a disappointment.

An Austrian chocolate torte. Very European. Photo: Alexander Klein/AFP/Getty Images
An EU explainer for the easily bored: where does the UK stand?
By Frances Robinson - 24 February 13:11

Frances Robinson continues her series on what we really need to know about the EU. This week: should the UK stay or should it go?

A man walks past a polling station in Dublin. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty
Why are fringe groups allowed the same air-time as LGBT activists in the run-up to Ireland’s marriage equality referendum?
By Paulie Doyle - 23 February 17:07

Under Irish broadcasting law, broadcasters cannot support marriage equality unopposed.

To ease Greece's burden would cost Europe little – and could prevent a eurozone collapse
By Vicky Pryce - 20 February 18:22

A refusal to acknowledge the democratic remit of the new, however irritating, Greek government could result in a contagion effect across the rest of the eurozone.

The Dominique Strauss-Kahn courtroom drama has put prostitution on trial
By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky - 20 February 11:48

The former IMF chief's pimping trial sees abolitionist views well-represented in the courtroom, but will sex workers be ignored?

People hold candles at a memorial in Copenhagen for those killed by the gunman. Photo: Asger Ladefoged/AFP/Getty
Leader: Europe and the new anti-Semitism
By New Statesman - 18 February 12:51

In recent months, there has been a series of fatal attacks by Islamist militants on Jewish people and institutions, as well as innumerable other instances of violence.

Inside the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP/GettyImages
An EU explainer for the easily bored: the institutions
By Frances Robinson - 17 February 12:00

In the first of a six-part series, Frances Robinson cuts through the election noise and tells you what you actually need to know about the bodies that make up the European Union.

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt lays flowers outside the synagogue Krystalgade in Copenhagen. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty
Copenhagen shootings: PM says an attack on Jewish community is “an attack on all of Denmark”
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 16 February 12:08

Helle Thorning-Schmidt condemned the “cynical act of terror” against Denmark.

A Podemos rally in Madrid. Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images
Podemos goes pro: how the Spanish party are fine-tuning their election message
By Liam Aldous - 12 February 10:11

Much has changed since the protests of 2011. Now, last year's upstart party might just be in with a chance.

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