French president Emmanuel Macron’s post-nationalist Europe narrative is very simplistic. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Writing of Benito Mussolini’s brand of now-reviving nationalism, the Italian political scientist Alberto Mingardi makes a telling, and not very flatte(...)

'If anyone had proposed in the run-up to June 2016 what Theresa May’s White Paper proposed this week, there would have been howls of derision from all sides.' Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The one thing standing between the British people and a way out of the shambles in which they find themselves is a misunderstanding of democracy. The (...)

US president Donald Trump. “What the far right does is to make power very scarce . . . One man embodies all dominion. He invites all citizens to surrender their power to him.” Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely. The lure of fascism is the glint of collective supremacy through the fog of individual inferiority. In Gi(...)

Children from the Roma community at the “River Village”  camp on the outskirts of Rome: interior minister Matteo Salvini has defended his plan for a Roma census. Photograph:  Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

Matteo Salvini vowed to turn “words into action” in his drive to root out and expel thousands of nomadic Roma from Italy as he shrugged off critics wh(...)

Lucia Joyce

Events in Dublin today will indirectly celebrate the first date between James Joyce and the woman who became his wife, Nora Barnacle. But across the I(...)

British prime minister Winston Churchill, US president Franklin D Roosevelt and Russian leader  Joseph Stalin pose at the Livadia Palace in Yalta, Crimea at the conclusion of the Yalta conference in February 1945. Photograph:  Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

It is immensely flattering for Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea – a small, impoverished and isolated country – to take part in a one-to-one summ(...)

Leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, Giorgia Meloni, arrives  to attend a political rally in Rome on  January 23rd. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

When Giorgia Meloni was searching for a location to launch her campaign for Italy’s general election, she chose the city of Latina, founded by the fas(...)

Beppe Grillo (centre), co-founder of the Five Star Movement, at a rally in Aci Trezza on Sicily, on October 28th. Photograph:  Gianni Cipriano/The New York Times

For Italian politicians, it’s high season in Sicily. Days before the island votes in regional elections on Sunday, the country’s ambitious and warring(...)

Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Freedom of Movement, film still, at the MART Gallery

Freedom of Movement – Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani ★★★ The Mart Gallery What do we think of when we hear the word “race”? In Nina Fischer &(...)

A handout picture provided by the Italian Fire Department shows an aerial view of Hotel Rigopiano after it was hit by an avalanche. Photograph: EPA/Italian Fire Department

A huge avalanche has engulfed a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rocked the area, burying up to 30 people u(...)

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