Europe Editor Matt Frei on Europe and the world.
Six months ago the IMF predicted that the oil price – then at roughly $100 per barrel – would rise thanks to unrest in Iraq and the crisis in Ukraine. Iraq is still being torn to shreds, Ukraine’s east is still being dismembered but the oil price has imploded by a staggering 40 per cent to just over $60.
The boys consulted the village witch about the journey to Germany and they thumbed the car magazines that contained the object of their ardent desire: a second-hand BMW.
The British government is committing one – yes, one – solitary “debriefer” to the Europe-wide effort to alleviate the worst refugee crisis in Europe since WWII.
The Chinese press is branding the protesters extremists and agents of chaos and disruption – but I have rarely seen such a mild mannered mass protest.
This is Maidan at 35 degrees and 98 percent humidity. There is the same sense of quiet determination and organisation. They are digging in for the long haul.
Events in Scotland have inspired pro-independence Catalans. But if Catalonia does become independent, it could effectively mean the end of Spain.
The threats from Islamic State and the Russian intervention in Ukraine have changed the mood at the Nato summit as leaders face a dangerous new world reality.
The US may have become more cynical about the impact of a president. But it still cherishes the aura of the office – which means “no drama Obama” simply won’t do.
The authorities think that America has spawned several dozen jihadis as opposed to Britain’s several hundred. This is because America has a totally different relationship to its ethnic