If the Johnson family had stuck to showbusiness like the Osmonds, Marx Brothers or von Trapp family, the world would be a better place. Yet the Tories, in their terror, have elevated a cavorting charlatan to the steps of Downing Street. Photograph: Reuters

Six years ago, the Cambridge historian Christopher Clark published a study of the outbreak of the first World War, titled The Sleepwalkers. Though Cla(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron speaking at the European Parliament on Tuesday. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron presented long lists of things the EU could do in speeches in Athens and at the Sorbonne last year. Tuesday’s address to th(...)

‘Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was against the Iraq war, could become prime minister as the British people have become tired of the endless war on offer from the Tories’. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

The last time Jeremy Corbyn visited the Republic of Ireland it was to speak at an international peace conference. The event was organised by the Peace(...)

A man looks at displayed goods for sale inside a €1 shop in Athens, Greece: A forced Greek exit from the euro would create huge economic and political risks, yet Europe seems to be sleepwalking toward that outcome. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

US officials are generally cautious about intervening in European policy debates. The European Union is, after all, an economic superpower in its own (...)

The war to end all war
  • World
  • June 28, 2014, 01:00

‘The outbreak of war in 1914 is not an Agatha Christie drama at the end of which we will discover the culprit standing over a corpse in the conservato(...)

Wounded soldiers arrive at Rheims station from the western front during the first World War. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Joseph Zimet, director general of the Centenary Mission, has spent three years organising French and international commemorations of the beginning (...)

Registration of foreign aliens in Paris, August 1914, before their evacuation (Photo: Agence Rol Bibliothèque nationale de France, dpt. des Estampes et de la photographie)

The minarets of a Sarajevo mosque loom in the background. Men watching from balconies and in the street are coiffed with the red Ottoman fez. Gavrilo (...)

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier praised Christopher Clark’s timely distinction between good and bad diplomacy. Photograph: EPA/Daniel Naupold

BERLIN – Unlike Britain, there is no established tradition here of remembering the conflict, nor is it ever referred to as the “Great War”. However th(...)