Editor's note

At least it went better than last year. Emmanuel Macron’s summer G7 summit by the seaside in Biarritz was an opportunity for the French president to put his diplomatic skills to the test. But although the summit went smoothly, Douglas Webber argues that it can’t stop the retreat of international multilateralism, and it’s unlikely to reverse the trend for G7 meetings to become increasingly irrelevant.

Researchers have long sought to gain insight into the behaviour of footballers when it comes to their spending culture. This is a big issue in Africa, particularly for players who join European and other foreign clubs and earn large sums of money. Ernest Yeboah Acheampong unpacks research he has done on how these players spend their earnings, and what factors influence their decisions to give back to their communities at home.

Gemma Ware

Global Affairs Editor

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Diplomacy by the seaside. Ian Langsdon/EPA

G7: Biarritz summit can’t halt the slow retreat of Western multilateral co-operation

Douglas Webber, INSEAD

The system of multilateral international co-operation looks increasingly fragile.

Ghana player Asamoah Gyan celebrates a goal against Portugal during a 2014 FIFA World Cup match in Brazil. EPA/Jose Sena Goulao

How African footballers who play in Europe spend their money

Ernest Yeboah Acheampong, University of Education

A complex set of factors influence how African footballers make financial decisions about the money they earn abroad.

Politics + Society

3 ways China benefits from the Hong Kong protests

Deana Rohlinger, Florida State University

Why doesn't China put down the protests in Hong Kong? Maybe it doesn't want to.

Remembering Essebsi, the late maestro of Tunisian politics

Mohamed Kerrou, Université de Tunis El Manar

Essebsi made three master strokes which mean his legacy will have a lasting impact.

Arts + Culture

Too many people think satirical news is real

R. Kelly Garrett, The Ohio State University; Robert Bond, The Ohio State University; Shannon Poulsen, The Ohio State University

You might see a headline from The Onion or The Babylon Bee and, for a split second, think it's true. But many social media users don't get the joke – and share these articles as if they're real.

The white people who spied during apartheid

Peter Vale, University of Pretoria

South Africans seem to be fascinated with the way in which spying is entwined in the country’s politics.

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Amazonie : pourquoi les forêts tropicales sont-elles si vulnérables aux incendies ?

Jos Barlow, Lancaster University; Alexander C. Lees, Manchester Metropolitan University

Les espèces des forêts tropicales n’ont pas évolué de concert avec le feu. Dans ces zones, même un incendie de faible intensité peut tuer la moitié des arbres.

Incendies en Amazonie : les Boliviens réclament des comptes à Evo Morales

Claire F.R. Wordley, University of Cambridge

Des millions de Boliviens réclament à Evo Morales qu’il révoque les décrets et lois qui ont contribué à provoquer les incendies.