The former palace, dynamited in 1950, has risen again from Berlin’s sandy soil. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Cycling through central Berlin these days is a hazardous business. East of the Brandenburg Gate, what was once the Unter den Linden boulevard is now a(...)

Paris will be the same. Terrorist atrocities change forever the lives of the bereaved and the survivors. They do not change the lives of big cities.  (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

If you go to a funeral, you know what to say to the chief mourners: “I’m sorry for your trouble.” It’s a necessary cliche. Words are not up to the job(...)

Former US president Richard Nixon and  his secretary of state Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office on September 21st, 1973. Photograph: AP Photo

That Henry Kissinger is – and will remain – a controversial figure is certain. As national security adviser and secretary of state under the US pre(...)

US president Barack Obama delivers an address at Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn, Estonia, yesterday. Earlier yesterday Obama said it was “too early to tell” whether a Ukrainian announcement of a retraction of a ceasefire with Russia would be meaningful. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

United States president Barack Obama lands in Wales today for the Nato summit at the most precarious time in his foreign policy leadership, with Ru(...)

“The president who yearned to be transformational stood beneath an oil portrait of Abraham Lincoln and demanded . . . a farm Bill.” US president Barack Obama delivers remarks on the end of the government shutdown in the state dining room of the White House. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Reed

President Barack Obama won big. So why did the moment feel so small? At his victory scold in the state dining room on Thursday, the president who year(...)