The Elysée’s shadowy French lieutenants

Neo-barbouzes and bodyguard conspiracies

Only connect: social media and the rise of Matteo Salvini

How to explain the success of Italy's de facto leader

The Arab thirst: booze and bad behaviour

Despite prohibitions, alcohol is ingrained in the Middle East

Music to the ears of the anti-Semitic Left

Radical young Democrats such as Ilhan Omar are rising, while stars from the golden age of Democratic centrism are losing the big-ticket Millennial audience.

An election in India ignites old enemies

While India remains, formally at least, a secular republic, the last few years have seen that ideal become increasingly far from reality

The naked and the dead, Nevada-style

"The first unusual characteristic was that Hof was a self-described pimp, the owner of several brothels in rural Nevada. The second was that, by the time election day came around, Hof was dead."

Mapuche thugs fan the flames of revenge

"On one side is a government with a history of military overreach and ethnic cleansing. On the other is Chile’s poorest and most disenfranchised group rising up after centuries of mistreatment"

City where history is still being made

'The last time we were in Kiev together, I was a toddler and my mother a young painter with dissident views'

Midterm madness — or Trump’s last stand?

Could the US midterm elections change the course of Trump’s presidency?

The Merkel era ends in angst and anger

In Chemnitz, neo-Nazi street protests and rage against Germany’s liberal consensus erupt

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"