The balance of power

Shifts in influence are to the fore as President Trump squabbles with China and Europe, the UK struggles to grasp its post-Brexit role and, in the corporate world, Carlos Ghosn is ousted at Nissan. Here’s the best of this week’s comment and analysis

Smaller nations should not have to choose between the US and China

The gradual journey to withdrawal has become a sudden leap for clarity and conclusion

The chairman’s arrest has exposed tensions in the alliance between the French and Japanese carmakers

Growing military tensions make the US-China trade dispute harder to settle

Allegations against Carlos Ghosn send a warning to corporate globetrotters

It is in Europe’s interests to avoid any temptation to be punitive

More from this Series

What Ghosn’s arrest means for the alliance between Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi

Trump misses a chance to stand tall in Europe and appears small

Scandal will increase Japanese resentment of outsized pay packets

The spectre of disintegration concentrates minds across the continent

Approval of voting reform initiatives springs from the changing nature of local power

Democrats such as Ocasio-Cortez chronicle their Washington lives on social media

Letter from Nick Westcott, London, UK

Letter from Andrew Duff, Brussels, Belgium

Letter from R Vijayaraghavan, San Jose, CA, US