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Poll position

Nothing encapsulates German self-image like the country’s car industry. With voters set to decide between more Merkel or a change of direction, we considered what the contenders’ rides say about their popular appeal.

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Diplomacy briefing

How the Dutch manage their waterways and a chat with Johannes Hahn, the European commissioner in charge of enlargement.

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Defence briefing

Army recruitment tactics in France, Djibouti’s new friendship with China, Israel’s tank innovation and North Korea’s escalating missile tests.

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Cities briefing

The mayor of St Tropez is on a mission to reshape it, what smaller Chinese cities can offer young residents and taking a river dip in Portland, Oregon.

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Man at work

For decades things have been on the up down under. But if Malcolm Turnbull wants to keep it that way he must show strength and make some tough decisions.

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Everything under the sun

Whether it’s taking the night train, collecting fridge magnets or the surprising etiquette at French outdoor swimming pools, we’ve curated an overview of what’s happening around the world right now – from the whacky to the…

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Grand tour

City leaders with a desire to improve quality of life shouldn’t just draw up plans at their desks: they need to see how things work in other towns and cities. The answers are out there. To get you started, we’ve devised…

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City saviours

It takes just one passionate patron or one clear-sighted business owner to start turning round a city’s fortunes. From encouraging back rare birds to battling poverty, here’s our crack squad of urban fixers.

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