Obama’s isolation deepens over Isis

President faces disquiet from the military and his own party

Eurosceptics outflank moderate Merkel

Rise of Germany’s new eurosceptic party alarms conservatives

Scottish vote fuels Europe movements

Basque Country, Catalonia, Veneto and South Tyrol seek independence

Population, not politics, threatens Pakistan

Explosion in number of inhabitants could have dire consequences

Sweden braced for political uncertainty

Weakening of Social Democrats and rise of fringe parties puts system under strain

Default call highlights Venezuelan weakness

Economist suggests Caracas bond move to share burdens

Hurdles obstruct US strategy on Isis

Tactics fail to consider political realities and Isis’s battlefield agility

Pakistan protesters fail to live up to ideals

Demonstrations aim to topple elected government

The risks of Xi’s ‘rejuvenation’ policy

There are derogatory terms for virtually every ethnic group, writes Jamil Anderlini

Unlimited presidential terms threaten Africa

Term limits in African constitutions are in danger of being unravelled

ECB would, for now, prefer to do nothing

Officials believe measures unveiled in June will boost growth

Africa shows global growth potential

US business community discovers continent’s dynamic private sector at Washington summit

Isis advances puncture Kurdish confidence

Go-it-alone experiment may not survive without help from Iraq and western and regional allies

Business hopes Modi will cut bureaucracy

Bureaucrats tend to view private enterprise with suspicion and contempt

Tribes rule Mideast as old order crumbles

Old order had already started to crumble along sectarian lines

Globe-trotting Abe promotes Japan

After 47 countries in 18 months the Japanese leader is peripatetic by any standards

EU urges US to push power button on trade

Transatlantic partners at odds over energy clause to TTIP

Hollande’s mood frays over economy

Lack of growth and job creation is a worry

Spain’s export-led recovery loses momentum

Trade deficit is ballooning again, rising 80 per cent

Commerce a casualty of Sino-Japanese spats

Ties increasingly fraught amid territorial and economic battles