Actor and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton – a musical celebration of modern restlessness. Photograph: Theo Wargo/Wireimage

Choosing what to do with one’s life can be overwhelming, and the responsibility weighs particularly heavily on the young. “What we all want, of cours(...)

Protesters in Portland, Oregon, on the day after the US presidential election vote. Photograph: Kathryn Elsesser/AFP via Getty Images

The US presidential battle is a paradoxical tale of democracy and dictatorship. The images of hordes of voters lining up to embrace their democratic p(...)

Mike Pompeo: The rivalry with China seems personal. Photograph: Mads Claus Rasmussen/EPA

Here follow some excerpts from a speech about China by Mike Pompeo last week. The US secretary of state chose as his setting Richard Nixon’s president(...)

By agreeing a radical new financial plan with French president Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Angela Merkel has transformed the EU’s possibilities. Photograph: AFP via Getty

The EU was born out of catastrophe and has advanced through crisis. Today, it confronts threats on many fronts. If it fails to rise to these challenge(...)

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 (...)

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