Boris Johnson bumps elbows with Angela Merkel. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA/Bloomberg

When Angela Merkel made her farewell visit to Britain this month, Boris Johnson pulled out all the stops in the diplomatic organ, laying on a visit to(...)

Nigel Farage: “Many of Ireland’s political class believe in putting the interests of the European Union above the interests of their own people.” File photograph: iStock

It is beyond doubt that the relations between Ireland and Great Britain are in the best shape they have been for over a century. Ties of language, fam(...)

‘Some might say there are other organisations which could more appropriately have been scrutinised for evidence of crimes touching directly on US interests. Banks, for example. HSBC, for instance.’ Above, Fifa officials are escorted out behind sheets following their arrests by Swiss authorities  in Zurich  last week.  Photograph: Pascal Mora/The New York Times

What business is it of the FBI that Fifa officials may have been involved in skulduggery in Switzerland? Whence comes US attorney general Loretta Lync(...)

The return of Nicolas Sarkozy

The predicament of the French right is not unlike that of the US Republican Party. Choosing someone to lead the party to electoral victory requires pa(...)

Myriam Bello, who is only permitted to work 30 hours a week at a New-Look clothing store, in Cergy, France. Photograph: The New York Times

On a recent weekday, Saifi Ahlem caught a 5 am Metro to get to her job as a passengers’ assistant at Orly Airport, where she often works 44 hours a we(...)

A return from Elba
  • Europe
  • September 27, 2014, 01:00

It is a measure of the extraordinary levels of unpopularity manifest in polls for France’s President François Hollande – the most unpopular preside(...)

 IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under official investigation by French Magistrates for her alleged role in a corruption probe. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has confirmed she is under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that(...)