Europe and Eurasia
Nicolas Sarkozy has decided to return to the French political stage in hopes of becoming the next president of the conservative party Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP). He will also seek to win the French presidential election in 2017. Evidence suggests that Sarkozy will achieve his objectives.
Scotland's secession bid failed. Does this mean an end to the separatism that so many claim threatens the great European project? Hardly.
Framing the crisis in Ukraine as a cultural showdown between East and West risks losing sight of the true motivations that inspire the course of events.
As Putin expands his program of domestic repression, the necessity of preserving Russia's educated classes grows ever more imperative.