Abe traps politicians in city to pass bill

Instead of fleeing Tokyo for the beach, lawmakers will debate the country’s pacifist constitution

Europe unites in defence of pensioners

For all their ideological differences, governments across the bloc shield seniors from austerity

Renzi finds migration knock-backs hard to stomach

For all of Italian PM’s efforts, his fellow European leaders have balked at plea for aid

Silenced too long by Confederate flag

Though many deny it, Georgia’s flag was changed in 1956 as a sign of resistance to desegregation, writes Christopher Grimes

Denmark poll dilutes social democracy

Region sees surge in support for anti-immigration, eurosceptic parties

China acts as if it has something to fear

Occupy threat may have faded but Beijing is taking no chances

Bashir dims South Africa’s moral beacon

Episode raises questions about the legacy of Mandela and Zuma’s respect for the rule of law

Tsipras nears his Brest-Litovsk moment

Syriza’s behaviour with Greece’s creditors resembles Bolshevik approach to 1918 peace treaty

Leftists must hold Caracas to account

Regional leaders should be wary of Venezuelan authoritarianism and repression

Russia rewrites history of the Prague Spring

State documentary claims 1968 invasion was move to protect Czechoslovakia against Nato coup

Football’s autocrat in first class gets a red card

But Blatter’s departure will not in itself cure Fifa

Spain’s voters embrace fractured politics

Established parties likely to lose further ground to upstarts but that could be a blessing

Obama wins over public with trade push

Polls show more Americans than not support US agreements with other countries

Christians torn in Lebanon power vacuum

Caught in a sectarian crossfire, the group’s disarray over the presidency is self-destructive

Tale of ‘two Chicagos’ comes with a warning

City has turned into a global player but it could become a victim of its own success

Brazil and China reheat old news

While synergies between the two countries are self-evident, realising them has not been easy

India aims to match China’s power game

Modi takes to the road to show regional states that he can also be a good neighbour

Balkan strife raises second Eastern Question

EU struggling to rehabilitate states plagued by fragile democracies and economic distress

Russia rattles sabres in eastern Ukraine

Border tension points to Moscow’s efforts to deter Kiev’s westward ambitions and dodge Donbass bill

Hollande salvation may lie in demography

Jobs freed up by retiring baby boomers could prove solution to record unemployment