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Politics this week

Politics this week

Ursula von der Leyen, until recently Germany’s defence minister, was approved by the European Parliament as the next president of the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm. She secured 383 votes, nine more than the required absolute majority, suggesting that she will take office with her authority already brittle. Her first, and very tricky, task is to …

Hall change · The sad decline of spectacular Afghan weddings

Hall change · The sad decline of spectacular Afghan weddings

Kabul’s ritziest wedding venues have 5,000 parking places—and struggle to fill them THE ISTEQLAL wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan’s mountain-fringed capital, is quite a sight, at least at night. The red hangar-like structure is lit up by thousands of multi-coloured lights, which make the building glow like a casino. Inside, chandeliers and silk drapes hang from …

Politics · The global crisis in conservatism

Politics · The global crisis in conservatism

Today’s right is not an evolution of conservatism, but a repudiation of it VLADIMIR PUTIN, Russia’s president, has declared the liberal idea “obsolete”. It will not surprise you to learn that we disagree. Not just because he told the Financial Times that liberalism was all about immigration, multiculturalism and gender politics—a travesty—but also because he picked the …

A country apart · How to put Libya back together

A country apart · How to put Libya back together

Foreign powers must stop fuelling the conflict “IF THE SUN lost its gravity, its gases would explode and its unity would no longer exist. Accordingly, unity is the basis for survival.” Muammar Qaddafi’s “Green Book”, his rambling political manifesto, is full of pabulum. But the former Libyan dictator was right about the importance of unity, something …