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The leaders of Germany and Italy have offered contrasting examples of how to pursue the EU’s painful uncoupling with Russia

What a difference leadership makes. The leaders of Germany and Italy have offered contrasting examples of how to pursue a painful uncoupling with Russ(...)

Three days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a €100 billion fund to reverse years of underinvestment in the German military. Photograph: Andreas Gora/ EPA

There are times, and this is one of them, when the most important word to understand in German foreign policy is “jein”. A cautious mix of ja and nein(...)

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, pauses while speaking to supporters following the second round of voting in the French presidential election. Photograph: Benjamin Girette/Bloomberg

In 2017, when he caused a sensation by smashing the traditional duopoly of French politics and winning the presidency in his first election, Emmanuel (...)

Russia’s invasion has left Germany  dangerously dependent on Russian energy supplies, in particular natural gas.

In 1957, writer Heinrich Böll passed on to German readers of his Irish Journal a piece of mindful wisdom he picked up while living on Achill: when God(...)

U2 singer Bono received the William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding. The award was presented to mark his commitment to fighting injustice, extreme poverty and the Aids crisis.  Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The January 6th, 2021 attack on the Capitol building in Washington was not the death of the American dream but rather “the death of a generation’s inn(...)

Protesters  at a rally outside Downing Street in support of Ukraine on Sunday March 13th. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/ AFP via Getty Images

The park was lively enough for a Sunday morning as the first drops of rain plopped on to waterproof coats and a tour group winding past the pond put u(...)

Eaton Square in Belgravia, London.  Successive UK premiers have waved Russians with fortunes of dubious provenance into Belgravia and Highgate. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Getty Images

Almost a decade has passed since Barack Obama teased the Republican Mitt Romney for his vigilance towards Russia. “The 1980s are now calling,” he said(...)

Vladimir Putin’s barbarism demanded – and rightly received – a fast and furious response from the West. Photograph: Aleksey Nikolskyi/Sputnik/EPA

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, with whom Vladimir Putin has a strange love-hate relationship, remarked that “There are decades when nothing happens; and there(...)

The comically elongated table that separated the Russian president from two of his recent visitors, Emmanuel Macron (above) and Olaf Scholz, was  a tidy metaphor for the sidelining of Europe in the crisis over Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/ Kremlin Pool/ Sputnik

It may have owed more to Vladimir Putin’s anxiety about Covid-19 than to his taste for clunky symbolism, but the comically elongated table that separa(...)

Ukrainians civilians getting military training from  Georgian National Legion fighters in Kiev on Friday amid escalation on the Ukraine-Russian border. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

With more than 100,000 Russian troops encircling Ukraine and Europe potentially on the brink of the biggest conflict since the war, the only question (...)

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