The rise of Emmanuel Macron's party has shattered the accepted wisdom.
Events which at the time seem small and unconnected often combine to lead to major cataclysms.
Andrei Karlov was attacked while attending the opening of a contemporary arts centre.
The Obama administration woke up to the cyber attack dangers too late.
Democracy requires a citizenship that meets, deliberates and interacts without fear and hatred. Only in this way can we work together as a diverse community.
The new wave of nationalism is a reminder of the contingent, if not cyclical, nature of history. The liberal left cannot retreat to the comforts of moral outrage.
The EU referendum fallout has only served to remind us of the status quo. "Taking back control" is meaningless unless we also reshape our democracy.
The latest deadly attack in Turkey's tourist capital has left the city's normally resilient population shaken and afraid.
Those optimistically talking about a "soft Brexit" are missing the bigger picture.
The orphanage business harms children. It is time that it is recognised and understood as trafficking.
It is this year's cruellest political irony that the people who most support the populists are the least "future fit".
The Zombie PM
The doomed premiership of Theresa May