A crumbling reminder of communism

Buzludzha was once the futuristic, flying-saucer shaped headquarters of the Communist Party in Bulgaria, but it is now a semi-ruin after being left to rot.

Kal’s cartoon: this week, the Vatican’s stance on gays

Kal’s cartoon: this week, the Vatican’s stance on gays

Tomorrow’s cover, today
This week we look at the war on Ebola. The disease is spreading fast. Our cover leader argues that conquering it will require a much larger effort in west Africa than the outside world has so far pledged.

Tomorrow’s cover, today

This week we look at the war on Ebola. The disease is spreading fast. Our cover leader argues that conquering it will require a much larger effort in west Africa than the outside world has so far pledged.

Bridges or walls: A panicky response in the West may worsen conditions in west Africa

Bridges or walls: A panicky response in the West may worsen conditions in west Africa

Daily chart: There are approximately 35 million millionaires in the world. That’s just 0.7% of the adult population. But collectively, they hold 44% of the world’s total wealth.

Daily chart: There are approximately 35 million millionaires in the world. That’s just 0.7% of the adult population. But collectively, they hold 44% of the world’s total wealth.

China’s back: the brief period in which America overshadowed China as the world’s largest economy is now over, according to new estimates

China’s back: the brief period in which America overshadowed China as the world’s largest economy is now over, according to new estimates

Kal’s cartoon: this week, confronting the Islamic State

Kal’s cartoon: this week, confronting the Islamic State

Love comes quickly: Less than 50 years ago gay sex, let alone marriage, was illegal over broad swathes of the now comparatively enlightened world

Love comes quickly: Less than 50 years ago gay sex, let alone marriage, was illegal over broad swathes of the now comparatively enlightened world

Chart: The toll of a tragedy
This week’s cover: In 1996 when we published a cover leader arguing in favour of same-sex marriage, it caused more angry letters than a cover arguing against the monarchy. Now look around the world. Most Americans live in states where gays can marry. Tolerance has spread rapidly in Europe, Latin America and China. But there is also a backlash: Russia, much of the Arab world and a string of countries in Africa have either kept or tightened anti-gay laws. This week’s cover looks at the gay divide.

This week’s cover: In 1996 when we published a cover leader arguing in favour of same-sex marriage, it caused more angry letters than a cover arguing against the monarchy. Now look around the world. Most Americans live in states where gays can marry. Tolerance has spread rapidly in Europe, Latin America and China. But there is also a backlash: Russia, much of the Arab world and a string of countries in Africa have either kept or tightened anti-gay laws. This week’s cover looks at the gay divide.

The last Valls: Manuel Valls heads the most reformist government France has seen for many years. But might the beneficiaries be Nicolas Sarkozy and Marine Le Pen?

The last Valls: Manuel Valls heads the most reformist government France has seen for many years. But might the beneficiaries be Nicolas Sarkozy and Marine Le Pen?

The third great wave: The first two industrial revolutions inflicted plenty of pain but ultimately benefited everyone. The digital one may prove far more divisive

The third great wave: The first two industrial revolutions inflicted plenty of pain but ultimately benefited everyone. The digital one may prove far more divisive

Yes means yes, says Mr Brown: Is California’s new standard for consent the future for America?

Yes means yes, says Mr Brown: Is California’s new standard for consent the future for America?

Daily chart: Measuring people power

The Economist explains: Why London has taken so long to become a 24-hour city