Emmanuel Macron. For 10 days this month, the French president hunkered down in the Élysée Palace, pondering where it all went wrong. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Looking back on Emmanuel Macron’s election and inauguration in May 2017, one cannot help feeling a little sad for Macron and for France. One remembers(...)

Asli Vatansever: ‘Suddenly we were not afraid any more – not afraid of authority, not afraid to say no, not afraid to talk to strangers on the street, not afraid to be naive enough to believe that we could change the world.’

Asli Vatansever never thought of herself as a political activist, but she can put a date on the moment when that began to change. On May 31st, 2013,(...)

A Turkish swat team on patrol in Istanbul’s Taksim Square yesterday, following the government’s declaration of a state of emergency. Photograph: EPA/Sedat Suna

In normal times, the screens on the interior walls of Istanbul’s trams and metros serve commuters a daily diet of funny cat videos and extreme sport (...)

US president Barack Obama told a press conference in Paris that he does not expect his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to begin targeting Islamic State (ISIS) soon. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama told a press conference in Paris that he does not expect his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to begin targeting Islamic(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin with Syrian’s Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in the Kremlin. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Reuters

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad was back in Damascus yesterday after a surprise visit to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: Her backing of the plan gives it a strong boost. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The agreement between the European Union and Turkey endorsed by EU leaders on Thursday night could signal a changing point in the EU’s relationship wi(...)

Thursday’s further EU summit on the refugee crisis represented a significant shift of focus by leaders . The talk was less about the Union’s humaitari(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference after an EU summit in Brussels, October 16th, 2015. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Thursday night’s agreement on an EU-Turkey deal could signal a changing point in the European Union’s relationship with Turkey. Engagement between th(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the EU summit. “Most war refugees that come to Europe travel via Turkey. We won’t be able to order and stem the refugee movement without working together with Turkey,” she said. Photograph: Reuters

EU leaders were on Thursday night considering a request from Turkey for greater visa liberalisation and up to €3 billion in funds, in exchange for co-(...)

European Council President Donald Tusk (third left) meets with Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven (second right) on the sidelines of an EU summit at the EU Council building in Brussels. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/EPA

Leaders of the 28 EU member states are gathering in Brussels on Thursday for a summit that is expected to be dominated by the refugee crisis and the c(...)

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