Protesters wearing Pikachu hats take part in a Women’s Gilets Jaunes protest in front of the Eiffel Tower on January 20th. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Though it started as a protest over fuel taxes, the still simmering ‘Gilets Jaunes’ revolt in France quickly morphed into anger over income inequality(...)

 Tocqueville: the Frenchman’s two-volume account of his travels in the United States in 1831 retains a freshness

We could argue over whether Alexis de Tocqueville produced the best book written about America, but if staying power were our sole criterion, the deba(...)

Burnt car by the coast of Mati, near Athens: on many counts, Syriza has failed. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty

By the time you read this, the death toll in the catastrophic fires in Greece will have been counted, the political blame-game will have been exhauste(...)

Sinn Féin leaders at the first Dáil Éireann in 1919 include Éamon de Valera, Michael Collins, Cathal Brugha, Arthur Griffith, William Cosgrave, Terence MacSwiney and Richard Mulcahy. Photograph: Hulton Archive

The revolution of 1916-1923 is usually presented in our history books as part of the physical-force tradition of Irish nationalism, but in reality it (...)

circa 1833: A Choctaw Indian encampment on the Mississippi River. Original Artwork: Painting by Karl Bodmer. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

Skullyville, Oklahoma – Tuesday 23 March 1847 On that spring day, as Major William Armstrong surveyed those who had gathered in the small timber agen(...)

Pro-EU demonstrators wave a conjoined EU and UK flag at Westminster. Many Remainers tell those who backed Brexit how stupid and ignorant they are. Photograph: Andy Rain

The snow was falling fast, muffling the sound outside the tall sash window as it gathered and thickened on the empty street. Inside, as we sat around (...)

American rarity: Mount Bonnell  is open to the public for free. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Amid the cut and thrust of trying to make it in the United States, I’ve found a hillock of limestone posing as something grander emerge as my go-to re(...)

Peter Carey: setting the record straight about the WikiLeaks founder. Photograph: Geraint Lewis/Rex

Soon after we meet, on a brisk New York day, to talk about his latest book, Peter Carey wants to set the record straight about Julian Assange. Despite(...)

Students saying no  to austerity measures in front of the Cypriot parliament building in Nicosia earlier this week.   Photograph: Milos Bicanski

‘I believe we are at this moment sleeping on a volcano.” Alexis de Tocqueville’s speech to the French national assembly on January 29th, 1848, (...)