The Guardian Weekly magazine is a round-up of the world news, opinion and long reads that have shaped the week. Inside, the past seven days' most memorable stories are reframed with striking photography and insightful companion pieces, all handpicked from The Guardian and The Observer.
Cymbals of hope
Macron’s challenge, life on the frontline and a full English lockdown
Headlines from the last seven days
SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT
A hard centre • In the end, France opted for laissez-faire over the radical unknown of the far right. In his second term as president, can Emmanuel Macron find a way to connect with an angry and fractured nation?
Five more years What are the pressing issues in the French president’s in-tray?
Long-range vision Macron is determined to transform the EU, but the obstacles are enormous
Motivated but outgunned Ukrainian soldiers talk of life on the southern front
An act of futility In Mariupol, Putin rules a wasteland pitted with graves
Back in the USSR The reappearance of Soviet flags and statues of Lenin • Colonisation has superseded ‘denazification’ in Putin’s military goals for eastern Ukraine and, critically, ports serving the Black Sea
‘ The battle is Partygate versus low council tax ’ • PM’s lockdown breaches and cost of living crisis leave Wandsworth on a knife edge after decades in Tory hands
‘Reality check’ Labour fears losing grip on Sunderland
Beyond kelp Is seaweed our next great hope? • From food to plastics, ocean vegetation could solve many looming production problems, say researchers
Drama about Korean experience gets a frosty reception
Paradise lost Beaches out of bounds to Mo’orea islanders
‘Prices change daily and we are all scared’ • Erdoğan’s unrealistic policies are behind spiralling inflation, but fallout from Ukraine is pushing Turkey towards a cost-of-living crisis
‘Go home’ Once revered, Rajapaksa is figure of hate
The trash that can take out a satellite • Millions of pieces of space debris pose a danger to hardware and astronauts. What can be done about all the rubbish left out there?
High stakes Crown prince is betting on a return from Trump
Democrats miss a beat in a battle for the hearts of voters
UNDER THE INFLUENCE • How is Russia’s thriving body of social media stars coping with the changes wrought by the invasion of Ukraine?
‘I am officially exhorted to remain isolated and indoors which is to say that my usual going on now has governmental endorsement’ • Watching occasional planes fly overhead, snoozing foxes and celebrating a revival of Talking Heads… In an extract from his pandemic diaries, Alan Bennett catalogues with trademark humour his life during lockdown
A new anti-colonial struggle has started. Will it reach Putin? Nick Cohen
Has Westminster faced its #MeToo reckoning? Ask Angela Rayner Gaby Hinsliff
Globalisation teaches the value of local fixes and self-suf ficiency Larry Elliott
Johnson’s visit to India was a stark reminder of Modi’s democratic backsliding
Off the scale • Antony Gormley’s towering, weather-worn sculptures made him world famous. Now, with two new works he contemplates the very essence of space and time
The shape of things • Antony Gormley on choice cuts from his 50-year career
Re-loaded for television • Video game adaptations are taking over our screens, but what separates a quality TV production from a cynical cash-grab?
Prophet and loss • The Station Eleven author combines science fiction devices with a lightness of touch to explore how society reacts to...