In France, this year's Bastille Day celebrations are marred by controversy: there are even claims France is selling out its democratic ideals. On July 14th, soldiers from thirteen African countries are participating in the traditional annual military parade, in order to commemorate their independence 50 years ago. But this has sparked complaints that France is overlooking their poor record when it comes to democracy and human rights.
The Irish go to the polls in a referendum on Friday to give their verdict on the Lisbon Treaty, after 53.4% of voters rejected it in 2008. Since then, what have been the main issues that may persuade the population to change its mind?
157 people were killed when troops opened fire on protesters demonstrating against the possibility of Captain Dadis Moussa Camara's standing in elections next year, the worst violence Guinea has seen since Camara seized power.
As Beijing celebrates the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China with a massive military parade through the city centre, we discuss the country's spectacular progress to the rank of global superpower.
Right across Europe, socialists and social democrats have suffered a series of electoral setbacks, culminating in the German SPD's recent debacle. We ask why the left has failed so spectacularly to take advantage of the economic crisis.