French president Emmanuel Macron told the Economist that “we are currently experiencing . . . the brain death of Nato” and Europe “must regain military sovereignty”. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

The mostly ageing audience of academics, defence officials and parliamentarians were not the sort of people one associates with exuberance. But the mo(...)

 Matthias Mueller, chief executive of German car maker Volkswagen, gestures while addressing journalists after visiting an assembly line of the VW plant in Wolfsburg. Photograph: Getty Images

The European Parliament plans to set up a committee to investigate Volkswagen’s emissions scandal and whether regulatory oversight of the car industry(...)