Europe Editor Matt Frei on Europe and the world.
For the politicians, the migration debate inflaming tempers in the UK and elsewhere in Europe is first and foremost a numbers game. It’s about quotas, reduced or ignored. It’s about the spectre of a human flood swamping limited resources and it’s about the promise and the peril of human mobility in Europe.
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
By calling themselves Islamic State, the killers of James Foley have created a lie since they are neither a state nor very Islamic.