Paris eyes push for ‘eurozone government’

French leader seeks to unite pro-Europeans two years out from presidential election

Xi’s imperial presidency has its flaws

Paralysis ensues as courtiers try to ‘guess the will of the emperor’

Greece sets the EU a crisis stress test

The choice is between the defence of founding principles and acceptance of a need to change direction

Trump’s rivals are real ‘silent majority’

Voters angry at shifts in US culture are now more of a noisy minority

IMF could play its part to save Greece

It may be time for fund to look at rule book and consider following its own advice

Market sell-off tests Xi’s reform agenda

Turmoil challenges president’s image as transformative strongman

Myanmar showdown looms as polls approach

Dealmaking after landmark elections will pit power of generals against new democratic forces

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