As she faces re-election, the signs are that Angela Merkel’s commitment to the euro stretches only so far as the maths continue to work for Germany. Andrew Gimson on the roots of a genial but ruthlessly pragmatic politician.
64 per cent of British people consider it to be more of a problem than an opportunity, according to the Transatlantic Trends survey. But there is cause for optimism.
One hundred years ago, Gandhi launched the decisive 1913 campaign that was to transform him into a figure of international stature. Later this year, we commemorate it.
While the US continues to deliberate their course of action, so, too, does Hezbollah. After depending upon the Syrian regime for so long, how will they retaliate in the event of air strikes?
In seeking to break with a past tainted by Iraq, the Syria vote entrenches the legacy of that war. So what next?
How did Obama find himself in such a rococo mess, pinned between haters in the House and his KGB rival?
Remember this – 99 per cent of the 100,000-plus dead Syrians were killed by bombs and bullets, not by sarin or VX gas.
The nationwide protests of the summer have mostly petered out, but Brazil's police and government still have a lot to answer for.
Britain has shown that its notion of how to conduct world affairs turns on strong but unrealistic opinions fuelled by moral outrage. Let’s leave serious nations to get on with defending the world, shall we?
As the threat of military intervention continues to loom over Syria, in a far-flung corner of the country, the town of Deir Ezzour offers an insight into the suffering of ordinary Syrians.
Obama could not be clearer: something needs to be done about Assad. But he is ducking every opportunity to act.
Michael Kinsley is a Syria hypocrite. You should be, too.
Across Europe, the dramatic shift of political strategy is still poorly understood by progressives.
Next week London hosts the world’s largest arms fair, the "Defence Security Equipment International" (DSEi) exhibition, organised with the help of the British government and part-subsidised by the UK taxpayer.
Tom Humberstone's observational comic for the New Statesman.
Syrian refugees could soon account for 30% of Lebanon's population. Its people fear it will fall back into yet another conflict.
They're not leaderless, they're not all middle class and they don't want a revolution.
In refusing to grant a majority for early military action, MPs were rejecting not interventionism per se but a particular – and unwise – intervention.
"This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground," says the US president, announcing he will take a decision on action to Congress.
In passing the decision on Syria strikes on to Congress, the President has decided it's better to look like a coward than a hypocrite.
Labour leader argues that next week's G20 meeting in Russia is the time to advance the cause of peace in Syria.
Targeted strikes to punish Assad will only perpetuate the conflict – and that's exactly what the American government wants.
Labour MP Mike Gapes and Conservative MP John Baron put both sides of the argument.
Token engagement would be equally damaging to both the west and to Syria. We should consider the costs of leaving the regime in the place.
There is nothing dishonourable in choosing between a bad outcome and a worse one. The risk remains that by intervening we will both widen and intensify the conflict.
From fairly early on, the Civil Rights Movement, in many instances, was a carefully managed affair. Bonnie Greer examines the role of the black middle class in the Civil Rights Movement and the March on Washington.
The horrors of segregation bound the US civil rights movement together. Fifty years on from Martin Luther King’s great speech, inequality persists – but in subtler ways.
The soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning has announced that from now on she will living as a woman. What will life be like for a trans woman inside the US prison system?
Fourteen countries of the Caribbean are seeking reparations from three European nations for the slave trade. While the British responsibility for the Trans-Atlantic trade rightly remains high on the agenda, perhaps there are other countries which should b
The country's voters show little desire to proactively seek a resolution to the euro crisis.