Europe Editor Matt Frei on Europe and the world.
Europe has had quite a summer book-ended by two crises which have called into question the whole purpose of the project. First a fiscal crisis and now, more seriously, a moral one.
To put Germany’s mass kindness of strangers down to the war is a way of exonerating other countries for not doing enough.
Berlin had calculated that the Greek people would come to their senses and vote yes. The opposite happened – and Chancellor Merkel must now untangle a Gordian knot of a problem.
Greece may only represent a fraction of Europe’s economy. But in everything else that can’t be easily measured by the IMF or ECB, it represents to much more.
Gun violence is an epidemic in America. But every time there is a school, cinema or restaurant massacre, the sale of guns and ammo increases and the gun control debate gets drowned out.
The fear factor worked. Go to bed with Nigel and you wake up in a love triangle with Ed and Nicola was a prospect that cowed voters into the foetal position of continuity.
Rudolf Hoess tried to perfect the extermination process at Auschwitz. Seventy years later, survivors returned – gloriously, irrepressibly alive.
New fighting has flared up around the strategically important international airport in Donetsk. Ukrainian troops have launched a counter-offensive after the pro-Russian forces claimed to have taken
Although she hails from the centre right, Angela Merkel’s political instincts are closer to Ed Miliband’s than to David Cameron’s.
Vladimir Putin is still riding high in the polls as the president who has defied the interfering west and resurrected Russia’s glory. But for how much longer?