UK Labour Party  ‘still in deep shock after its defeat and the UK’s future figures little in its current leadership contest’ ....   contender Andy Burnham (right) speaks as fellow contenders  listen during a hustings Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

‘Can we still save the union?” Stephen Heseler asks the question in a pamphlet published by the Federal Trust in London, entitled The United Kingdom, (...)

‘On a high  turnout Turkish voters  endorsed a political alternative by bringing a new Kurdish-based party into parliament on a multicultural programme, thereby depriving Erdogan’s party of its governing majority.’ Above, officials count votes after the close of voting in Diyarbakir, Turkey.  Photograph: EPA/SEDAT SUNA

“Hope is on the way”. This slogan used by the Greek governing party Syriza in its election campaign last January is tattered six months later as Greec(...)

‘Wellington was born Arthur Wesley (later changed to Wellesley) in what is now the Merrion hotel, Dublin, in 1769. His family were gentry near Trim in Co Meath, having inherited land there.’ Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

“Had I chosen to fight in Ireland instead of Egypt, what would England be today?” Napoleon’s comment from exile in St Helena about his decision in May(...)

‘This contradictory aspect of equality led Karl Marx (above) to argue, when criticising the Gotha programme adopted by the German Workers’ Party in 1875, that the equal rights it proclaimed were in fact constrained by their emergence in capitalist society judged by the amount of labour they supply.’ Photograph:  Henry Guttmann/Getty Images

“Must equal necessarily mean identical?” asked a letter writer to this newspaper on Tuesday. The question goes to the heart of ambiguities associated (...)

‘Robert Schuman’s declaration 65 years ago today proposed the pooling of French and German coal and steel production so as to make any future war between them “not merely unthinkable, but materially impossible”.’ Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

‘Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto soli(...)

‘SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has been the star performer in television debates, even among English voters.’ Above,  Sturgeon speaks at the launch of the Scottish National Party (SNP) election manifesto in Edinburgh on April 20th. Photograph:  Lesley Martin/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland is dominating the British election campaign. So much is this so that fears are being expressed about the very future of the United Kingdom as(...)

Restrictions on  domestic water use have been introduced in California, but their impact is limited as the state’s  agriculture industry uses 80 per cent of its water.  Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA

Ireland’s recent experience of the politics of water introduces us to a worldwide trend which is set to become one of the defining issues of the 21st (...)

‘The AIIB will address the need for investment in Asian transport, energy and telecommunications.’ Jin Liqun (left), Secretary-General of the Multilateral Interim Secretariat for Establishing Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, talks to Khalid A Al-Falih, President and CEO of Saudi Arabian Oil Company, during the China Development Forum  in Beijing this week. Photograph:  EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

The changing balance of power in Asia has been dramatically highlighted in recent weeks by jostling between the United States and its allies on whethe(...)

“ ‘We are not seeking a grand bargain’, said John Kerry in Riyadh after his nuclear talks with Iranian ministers in Switzerland.”  Photograph: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

‘We are not seeking a grand bargain”, said United States secretary of state John Kerry in Riyadh after his nuclear talks with Iranian ministers in Swi(...)

‘While the single currency needs to be strengthened, this may not be politically feasible. Macroeconomists such as Yanis Varoufakis bring a new politics to bear on this question.’ Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

That was a nice remark about macroeconomics by Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister, in his interview with this newspaper on Thursday. Togethe(...)