The French statesman, Georges Clemenceau (1841–1929) circa 1919. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Repercussions... The bomb and revolver shots of Sarajevo could not have reverberated more cruelly through the entire expanse of the Empire. When m(...)

Raising taxes: President François Hollande. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Of the many insults levelled at France’s tax-and-spend policies, it is the cruellest. The phrase “sick man at the heart of Europe” was coined for the (...)

Entering through the Palladian portals of Burlington House, home of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, past the statue of Sir Joshua Reynolds, (...)