THE week began poorly for Jimmie Akesson, leader of the Sweden Democrats (SD), an anti-immigration party that expects big gains in the elections on September 9th.
A YOUNG woman carefully lays a sunflower next to the candles and carnations that surround a photo of 35-year-old Daniel Hillig. An older woman cries as she explains that he was a friend of her daughter.
IT WAS la rentrée in France this week, when pupils return to school after the long summer holidays to begin a new academic year. The country’s president, Emmanuel Macron, will be hoping it marks a fresh start for him, too.
THROUGHOUT the upheavals of the past couple of decades in Russian-American relations, there has been one American politician and thinker whom Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has consistently sought out, engaged with and paid tribute to.
THE unofficial motto of the Democratic Republic of Congo was first uttered six decades ago by Albert Kalonji, the leader of the short-lived secessionist state of South Kasai: “This is your home, fend for yourselves.”
WHEN Cyril Ramaphosa became president in February, replacing the disastrous Jacob Zuma, South Africans felt a brief thrill of “Ramaphoria”. Half a year later, a chillier reality has set in.
AMINU TAMBUWAL, a state governor normally too bland to attract much attention, is running for president of Nigeria.
AFTER 70 years, even conflicts start to repeat themselves. On September 2nd the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, told Israeli visitors about an unexpected proposal. He said America had offered to help form a confederation between Palestine and Jordan.
ISRAELI politicians and entrepreneurs like to present their country as a global centre of transport technology. That was underlined last year by Intel’s purchase for $15bn of Mobileye, which develops software for self-driving cars.
THE Syrian regime and its Russian backers may soon launch one of the biggest battles of the war. The signs are ominous. Thousands of regime troops are massing at the gates of Idlib province, the rebels’ last bastion. Russia has dispatched more warships, bombers and fighter jets to Syria.