In the wake of the inadequate response to the Grenfell Tower fire, the UK should learn from the experiences of successful responses to crises in other parts of the world and apply those lessons to its own response procedures to domestic crises.
Old disputes between Sofia and Skopje have been put aside, as Bulgaria prepares to take over the Presidency of the EU in January 2018. However, old rivalries between the two countries, and Macedonia's name war with Greece, might scupper Skopje's wish to join the EU and NATO.
The rumoured merger between EADS and BAE Systems is a reflection of longer term trends within the defence industry. But short term impediments will have to be overcome to ensure this deal goes through.
The proposed merger of BAE Systems and EADS has naturally attracted a number of concerns, from safeguarding sovereign defence industries to job cuts through rationalisation. But are these concerns with foundation?
Leaked information to the German press alleges that the coalition government has reneged on a previous pledge to remove US tactical nuclear weapons from Germany. The subsequent reporting frenzy heightens the decades-long national anxiety over nuclear issues. But it seems no one has paused to ask whether the original allegations stand-up to scrutiny.