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Firefighters battle to control a wildfire near Landiras in southwestern France.

Europe battles wildfires as heatwave causes hundreds of deaths

More than 1000 fatalities have been attributed to the nearly week-long heatwave in Portugal and Spain.

  • Guillermo Martinez


A Russian Grad rocket launcher fires weapons at Ukrainian troops at an undisclosed location.

Kremlin unshackles troops after Ukraine gets precision rockets

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has ordered Russian troops to intensify attacks in all sectors of the war, signalling the Kremlin was ending an operational pause.

  • Andrew E. Kramer and Steven Erlanger
Regardless of the scandals, Boris Johnson was one of the most substantial prime ministers of the past 120 years.

Eclectic Tory contenders lack Boris Johnson’s broad appeal

The issue for the UK Conservatives isn’t race or gender. It is a combination of economics and the ability to connect with the spectrum of British society.

  • Alexander Downer
A perfect storm of climate change, a European war and COVID-19 have left the French scrambling for alternatives to Dijon mustard.

France has run out of Dijon mustard and it’s no laughing matter

The mustard makers of Burgundy have been hit by a triple catastrophe that has cut supplies of the seeds of Brassica juncea used for the Dijon product.

  • Victor Mallett
The British summer, set to be one of the hottest on record, is offering no relief from COVID-19.

Europe shows latest COVID-19 wave is not just a winter thing

Nearly 3.5 million people in Britain were infected in the first week of July, but the public and politicians are relaxed or indifferent about a new COVID-19 wave sweeping Europe in the middle of summer.

  • Hans van Leeuwen

This Month

People run in the street with fighting bulls at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona.

After a pandemic hiatus, the bulls are running again in Pamplona

Tens of thousands of visitors attended the festival in northern Spain that includes the famous and chaotic races.

  • Derrick Bryson Taylor and Francheska Melendez
Still in the fight: Penny Mordaunt, Liz Truss, Kemi Badenoch, Rishi Sunak and Tom Tugendhat.

Britain’s next leader probably won’t be a white man

The diverse candidates have climbed in reach of the Conservative Party leadership by ignoring identity zealots telling them the system was loaded against them.

  • Theodore Dalrymple
Germany fears Russia will cut off

How Australia can ease Germany’s energy emergency

Australia has a reputation as a safe and reliable energy supplier. So, can it help meet Germany’s demand for energy sources that substitute Russian deliveries?

  • Andrew McCathie
Still in the fight: Penny Mordaunt, Liz Truss, Kemi Badenoch, Rishi Sunak and Tom Tugendhat.

Knife fight in a phone box: the Tory leadership election gets personal

While the rest of Britain looks on, a tiny cabal of Conservative MPs tears itself apart in a quest for one thing: the keys to Downing Street.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
Mario Draghi.

Mario Draghi offers to resign as Italy lurches into crisis

Italy’s president rejected the resignation of the former ECB chief and asked him to speak to parliament next week.

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  • Amy Kazmin
Penny Mordaunt launches her campaign.

Mysterious Mordaunt becomes the one to beat in UK leadership fight

Former chancellor Rishi Sunak still leads the field among MPs, but socially liberal junior minister Penny Mordaunt could storm the postal vote next month.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
Conservative leadership candidate Penny Mordaunt launches her bid to become the next prime minister.

Sunak, Mordaunt emerge as frontrunners in Tory leadership race

The contenders to replace Boris Johnson have spent recent days battling to attract the political right of the ruling Conservative Party.

  • Joe Mayes
Firefighters in Albergaria a Velha, Portugal.

Scorching heatwave sparks wildfires in Europe

The World Meteorological Organisation warned this week the heatwave was spreading and intensifying in large parts of Europe.

  • Catarina Demony and Miguel Pereira
A detained protester shows a sign ‘No War!’ from a police bus in St. Petersburg.

Back to the future: the classic Cold War conundrum is back

It is impossible to forget Russia’s violent and repressive actions in Ukraine, but it is necessary to deal with them to avoid escalation.

  • Mary Elise Sarotte
Boris Johnson announcing his resignation.

British government to hold no-confidence vote in itself

The Conservatives had earlier blocked an effort by the opposition Labour party to bring a confidence vote after ministers objected to its wording.

  • Reuters
Boris Johnson and his former chancellor Rishi Sunak in cabinet on Tuesday.

The former city traders competing to be Britain’s next PM

In the UK, bankers are more trusted than politicians. So could one be its next prime minister?

  • Julian Harris
Boris Johnson’s way with words has left a legacy.

Boris Johnson changed the English language, and them’s the breaks

The outgoing British PM rarely minced words, but he did mangle them.

  • Robert Shrimsley
Rishi Sunak stands out for stressing fiscal discipline.

Sugar high of tax cuts will not fix UK economic woes

Loosening fiscal policy could stoke inflation and force the Bank of England to push interest rates higher.

  • The Lex Column
French citizens protest against Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform plans.

Falling birth rate risks pushing Europe into the red on pensions

Fewer people means a smaller economy and a greater pension burden – unless more people can be persuaded to work.

  • Tim Wallace
Ukraine is littered with destroyed Russian armour.

Why the Ukraine war is entering a dangerous new phase

Putin hopes to break Europe’s resolve to back Kyiv. The Ukrainians hope to bog Russia down on the battlefield. But can Putin really walk away from this fight?

  • Thomas Friedman