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Angela Merkel: “I see the European Union as our life insurance.” Photograph: EPA

It’s a grim winter’s day in Berlin, and the political climate matches the weather. Everywhere Angela Merkel looks there are storm clouds, as the value(...)

Joe Biden: Whatever the source of his resilience – in national if not state polls – allies of the US should hope it lasts.  Photograph:  Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

So thrilling is America’s Democratic presidential primary, so rich in drama, that the man who led by 10 points a year ago is winning by just the eight(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  has proposed sweeping changes to the country’s constitution. Photograph: Alexey Nikolosky/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPA

Vladimir Putin has proposed changes to Russia’s constitution that would limit the power of a potential successor if he steps down in 2024, indicating (...)

Demonstrators wave flags and step on posters of some world leaders as they take part in a rally against eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar and in support of the UN-recognised government of national accord (GNA) in Tripoli on Friday. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/ AFP

Libya could become a new Syria in the intensity of its conflicts and as a cockpit for regional and big power rivalries unless more serious efforts are(...)

Donald Trump’s attitude to Nato commitments has alarmed many of his allies. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/AFP via Getty

Embedded deep in the rationale of the security relationship between the US and its European and Nato allies is the idea that the best guarantee of the(...)

 Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting with Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow in December. File photograph: Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters

Iran’s ballistic missile strikes on two Iraqi bases hosting US and Nato troops are intended to convey messages to adversaries, Iraq, and allies and to(...)

Tensions in the Orthodox Church have loomed over this year’s traditional Christmas celebrations in Ukraine and Montenegro. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

The Russian Orthodox Church has accused the West of political meddling in religious affairs, as tension soared in Montenegro over a new law and Ukrain(...)

Mourners gather around a vehicle carrying the coffin of Qassem Suleimani during a  funeral procession in his home town of Kerman, Iran on Tuesday. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

At least 56 people were killed in a stampede as tens of thousands of mourners packed streets for the funeral of a slain Iranian military commander in(...)

A banner bearing the likeness of  Qassem Suleimani is carried during a funeral procession in Tehran, Iran. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump has defended his decision to order the killing of a top Iranian commander, claiming that Qassem Suleimani “should have been (...)

A scuffle in Montenegro’s parliament in Podgorica on December 27th after opposition tried to prevent the vote on a Bill on religious freedoms and legal rights of religious organisations. Photograph: Stevo Vasiljevic/Reuters

Opponents of Montenegro’s new law on religion plan more rallies against what they call an attack on the Serbian Orthodox Church, after thousands of pr(...)

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