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(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin, French president Emmanuel Macron and French first lady Brigitte Macron attend a meeting at Fort Bregancon near the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas, France, in August. Photograph:  Sputnik/Sergei Guneevn/Kremlin via Reuters

President Emmanuel Macron’s rapprochement with Vladimir Putin’s Russia has provoked incomprehension, even hostility, among France’s European partners.(...)

Liga Legzdina, a native Latvian who converted to Islam, on a bus in a suburb of the capital Riga. The government in Latvia is working on proposed legislation that would ban face-covering veils worn by Muslim women from public spaces. Photograph: Reinis Hofmanis/The New York Times

With her niqab, a face-covering Islamic veil that reveals just the wearer’s eyes, Liga Legzdina stands out amid pine trees, grasslands and wood-panell(...)