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What's driving populism? It isn't the economy, stupid

Countries around the world have been gripped by an incoherent, rage-fuelled nihilism that rejects elites on the left and the right. It's not income inequality, as many think, but a fear of immigrants undermining culture and a way of life , argue Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson<p>In November of last …

'World on the brink,' warns Munich Security Report

With the US's international role waning, Europe must define its own future, says a highly anticipated report. This assessment sets the agenda for …

What Putin Really Wants

Russia's strongman president has many Americans convinced of his manipulative genius. He's really just a gambler who won big.<p>I. The Hack<p>The large, sunny room at Volgograd State University smelled like its contents: 45 college students, all but one of them male, hunched over keyboards, whispering …

Brexit: Macron says France would look 'with kindness' on UK choosing to halt EU withdrawal

France would look “with kindness” on Britain making a decision to halt Brexit, Emmanuel Macron has said, ahead of his summit with Theresa May.<p>The …

Emmanuel Macron: a modern master of the diplomatic gesture

Bayeux tapestry loan is latest example of use of symbolism to raise France’s global profile<p>Ever since the Norman era, the fine art of the meaningful gift has been at the heart of statecraft.<p>Historically, they have ranged from a menagerie of exotic animals to fabulous jewels, but Emmanuel Macron – …

Emmanuel Macron

Macron brings gift of horse called Vesuvius on visit to China

French president is praised by Chinese experts for present of eight-year-old gelding, a ‘symbol of French excellence’<p>The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has fired the starting pistol on a three-day visit to China by giving his host, Xi Jinping, a horse called Vesuvius.<p>The eight-year-old gelding …

Now Angela Merkel Steps Into Emmanuel Macron's Shadow

How long before he is marching on Moscow? Reaction in Berlin to Emmanuel Macron’s European ambitions can be less than generous. Macron, you are …

Putin is outplaying Trump in the Middle East

By Ishaan Tharoor<p>Foreign affairs writer<p><i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><b>Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Syria on</b> …

The Germans are making contingency plans for the collapse of Europe. Let’s hope we are, too | Paul Mason

A leaked defence document has revealed the country’s worries about the breakup of the global order – a scenario with serious consequences for post-Brexit Britain<p>The German defence ministry set out its worst-case scenario for the year 2040 in a secret document that was leaked to Der Spiegel last …

Europe

Japanese Voters Head to Polls in Snap Election

On Sunday morning, polls opened in Japan’s latest snap election for the House of Representatives, the lower house of the country’s bicameral …

North Korea

In Italian Schools, Reading, Writing and Recognizing Fake News

ROME — After reading the horrors in Dante’s “Inferno,” Italian students will soon turn to the dangers of the digital age. While juggling math assignments, they’ll also tackle work sheets prepared by reporters from the national broadcaster RAI. And separate from the weekly hour of religion, they …

Russian Socialite Enters Race to Challenge President Putin

MOSCOW — A young socialite and television journalist whose father was a close ally of Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, declared her intention on Wednesday to challenge him in the presidential election scheduled for next March, a move liable to split the already feeble liberal opposition.<p>The …

With Loss of Its Caliphate, ISIS May Return to Guerrilla Roots

Its de facto capital is falling. Its territory has shriveled from the size of Portugal to a handful of outposts. Its surviving leaders are on the run.<p>But rather than declare the Islamic State and its virulent ideology conquered, many Western and Arab counterterrorism officials are bracing for a …

In Catalonia, a Declaration of Independence From Spain (Sort of)

BARCELONA, Spain — The Catalan secession crisis took a confusing new turn on Tuesday night, after the leader of Catalonia made a perplexing speech in which he appeared to declare independence from Spain, before immediately suspending that decision to allow for more “dialogue” with leaders in Madrid.<p>…

More than 260 arrests in anti-Putin protests across Russia

Riot police confront supporters of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny as president marks 65th birthday<p>More than 260 people have been detained across Russia as jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s supporters staged protest rallies on Vladimir Putin’s 65th birthday.<p>Dozens were arrested in …

President Macron wants France to play a bigger part in Europe - A certain idea

Special report<p>A certain ideaPresident Macron wants France to play a bigger part in Europe<p>“IN EVERY BEGINNING dwells a certain magic.” Germany’s …

Europe

The spotlight shifts from Germany to France

WHO leads Europe? At the start of this year, the answer was obvious. Angela Merkel was trundling unstoppably towards a fourth election win, while …

What the papers say about Theresa May's conference speech

The prime minister’s disaster-stricken address in Manchester drew scorn from traditional critics and supporters alike<p>Thursday’s front pages will make agonising reading for Theresa May, as the fallout from her “nightmare” speech to the Conservative party conference continues.<p>Virtually all the …

Boris Johnson has wrecked the Tories. He should own the wreckage | Ian Birrell

Handing Johnson the poisoned chalice would be a despairing act, but at least he would no longer be able to hide from his actions<p>It was a dismal end to a strange, sombre conference. Last year Theresa May said she wanted a new approach to politics; this year she certainly delivered it, with the most …

Boris Johnson Takes Center Stage in U.K. Leadership Shadow Play

MANCHESTER, England — The annual conference of Britain’s Conservative Party already had the feel of a political beauty pageant, with one aspirant to power after another taking the rostrum. And then, at last, came Boris.<p>Shaggy-headed, bombastic and full of bravado and sunny optimism as he brushed …

Theresa May, Coughing and Caught by a Prankster, Endures a Speech to Forget

MANCHESTER, England — Just when Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain needed a rousing, commanding speech to restore authority over her warring Conservative Party, she endured a nightmare.<p>First there was the prankster, theatrically handing her a notice that she was fired. Then a persistent cough …

Emmanuel Macron’s appeal has already worn thin | Gabriel Bristow

Despite careful image management, inside six months France’s youngest president is now looking like the old guard as his poll ratings plummet<p>Emmanuel Macron has been called a saviour: of Europe, of liberalism, and indeed of “progressives” the world over. The hallmarks of his presidential campaign …

Conflict over Catalonia far from over

Catalonia's referendum may be over, but the respective positions appear irreconcilable. The conflict with Spain's central government could escalate, …

EU dodges Catalonia independence question

The European Commission has not taken an official position on the independence referendum in Catalonia. But now some European lawmakers are calling …

Run or wait? Tokyo's Koike faces dilemma ahead of Oct. 22 poll

TOKYO - Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has made no secret of her desire to be Japan’s first female prime minister - she even named her pet terrier “Sori”, Japanese for “premier”.<p>Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, head of Japan's Party of Hope, attends a news conference at the Japan National Press Club in …

EU looks away as Catalan crisis unfolds

<b>So where the cries of outrage? Where the statements of condemnation, the tweets of shock at the violence meted out on the voters of Catalonia at the hands of the Spanish police?</b><p>In Europe's capitals there has been an echoing silence. Most heads of government - who feel quite able to respond to the …

Europe

Vast Exercise Demonstrated Russia’s Growing Military Prowess

WASHINGTON — A recent major exercise by the Russian military revealed significant strides in its ability to conduct the sort of complex, large-scale operations, using drones and other new technology, that would be part of any all-out war with the United States in Europe, according to American and …

Military

Canada's Jagmeet Singh becomes first non-white politician to lead major party

Jagmeet Singh, a 38-year-old lawyer and practising Sikh, was elected on Sunday to lead Canada’s left-leaning New Democrats, becoming the first non-white politician to head a major political party there.<p>The Ontario provincial lawmaker, whose penchant for colorful turbans and tailor-made three-piece …

Catalonia Just Voted for Independence From Spain. Here's Why That Is Unlikely to Happen

Constituents in Spain’s Catalonia region voted for independence in a disputed referendum Sunday that left more than 800 people injured after Spanish …