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 has declared that her father Jean-Marie can no longer "hold the party hostage" following his recent remarks on the Holocaust.
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.
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.
The Russian president has been in power in some capacity for 15 years. Is his political autumn finally looming?
While his statements on Crimea are alarming, rumours of the Russian president's death have been – oh, you know how it goes.
Doom, whisky, and getting lost in mazes: what are the options for the UK flouncing out of the European Union?
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has destroyed the peace in Europe for a generation.
The west can do very little to intervene as Putin hunkers down.
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.
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.
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. . .
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.
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?
Under Irish broadcasting law, broadcasters cannot support marriage equality unopposed.
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 former IMF chief's pimping trial sees abolitionist views well-represented in the courtroom, but will sex workers be ignored?
The Nordic moral.
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.
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.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt condemned the “cynical act of terror” against Denmark.
Much has changed since the protests of 2011. Now, last year's upstart party might just be in with a chance.
The Liberal Democrats and Greens both support the decriminalisation of prostitution - in the hope of making it "safe". But Germany legalised it in 2002 and it still isn't "a job like any other".
As the Spanish election approaches, a surge in support for the party has set the clock ticking.
Opposing the logic of neoliberal economics does not mean the Greeks have become Marxists.
Can new finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, political economist and game theory academic, negotiate solutions to inequality?
In this article first published on 23 June 1945, the future Labour minister and New Statesman editor Richard Crossman recounts the experiences of “K”, a survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp.
If the pollsters are right, Syriza could win by a large margin, ending four decades of two-party rule in Greece.
In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shooting, we must address France's long war with its Arabs. Andrew Hussey reports from Paris.