German chancellor Angela Merkel and  Mike Pence at the Munich conference, where the US vice president  pledged “unwavering” support for Nato. Photograph: Guido Bergmann /Bundesregierung via Getty Images

For five decades, western political leaders have gathered at an annual security conference in Munich to grapple with crises in the unstable, violent w(...)

Soldiers patrol the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Each time France is attacked by jihadists, the authorities defend themselves with the list of measures already taken: the state of emergency; increase(...)

French President François Hollande meets with parliamentarians at the Elysée Palace in Paris after revelations of US spying on French presidents. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP/Getty Images

French politicians yesterday vied to see who could make the most morally outraged statements about past spying by the US National Security Agency on F(...)

Loadsamoney: the euro seemed fine before the crisis hit but some believe it is now doomed. Photograph: Pat Langan

We can’t make the euro work. We are unwilling and politically unable to complete monetary union, to mutualise debt, to create either a system of signi(...)