In Portugal: Requiem for O Manel
By Joo Dias - 15 August 9:00

Manuel Simões is being forced to close his 70-year-old family business, a restaurant on the outskirts of Lisbon. Since VAT rose for businesses like his, 75,000 jobs has disappeared from the industry.

A homeless man in Athens.
The death of a "freeloader": When will we accept the results of austerity?
By Yiannis Baboulias - 14 August 16:57

As an eighteen year old dies trying to flee a ticket inspector in Athens, police in Britain boast of apprehending a mother shoplifting to feed her two children. All across Europe, people are struggling to survive.

A portrait of D H Lawrence by Edward Weston, 1924
D H Lawrence: A Letter from Germany
By D H Lawrence - 24 July 11:42

"We have brought it about ourselves—by a Ruhr occupation, by an English nullity, and by a German false will. We have done it ourselves. But apparently it was not to be helped."

Nothing to see here: Athens is now closed to democracy
By Yiannis Baboulias - 18 July 11:48

There are two kinds of deficit that have taken hold in Greece: the economic one, and the democratic deficit created by government spin and five years of austerity and authoritarianism.

How the people of Poland are kept from taking to the streets
By Agata Pyzik - 11 July 8:37

While Poland loves to boast about westerners coming to earn money, it is less open about those from the eastern part of the continent. Propaganda serves to justify almost anything.

Why is Spain experiencing an English language boom?
By Anmar Frangoul - 11 July 8:12

Twenty-seven per cent of Spain's population is unemployed - over six million people. In a ferociously competitive job market, Spaniards see learning a foreign language as the best way of distinguishing themselves from others.

In Turkey, the crackdown on anti-government protesters has begun
By Ece Temelkuran - 05 July 14:17

The Turkish government’s spin doctors have linked the recent protests to cyber attacks and historical cases of secular dissent to silence anti-government demonstrators.

Can free expression survive in Hungary?
By Ana Frana - 27 June 8:17

Funding has been removed from projects not deemed to be in keeping with the official view of Hungarian culture.

Why is sterilisation still being forced on transgender people?
By Marie Le Conte - 26 June 18:35

Compensation demanded in Sweden.

A demonstrator against Pussy Riot's prison sentence in London, 2012.
Laurie Penny on Pussy Riot: "People fear us because we're feminists"
By Laurie Penny - 22 June 10:12

A meeting the Russian punk-protest group.

The women of Gezi Park are protesters, not pin-up girls
By Harriet Fitch Little - 19 June 13:09

Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan wants to cast women as mothers, sisters and wives, and those who oppose him should be careful that their imagery doesn’t do the same.

Firemen extinguish a burning car in Kista after riots in Swedish suburbs
The Swedish riots: What really happened?
By Liam McLaughlin - 14 June 14:59

Inequality, not immigration, was what sparked the unrest.

The Orthodox seminary on the island of Halki
Small island
By Helena Drysdale - 13 June 9:01

Once at the heart of the Christian world, Turkey's Greek Orthodox minority finds its fate inextricably bound up with the Erdogan government's troubled shift away from secularism.

"A direct blow to democracy": the switch-off of Greece's state broadcaster
By Yiannis Baboulias - 12 June 13:38

After the closure of ERT, the country's political future hangs in the balance, writes Yiannis Baboulias.

An anti-government protester waves Turkey's national flag
People have killed their fear of authority - and the protests are growing
By Ece Temelkuran - 03 June 11:53

What began in an Istanbul park has tapped in to years of grievances.

New Statesman
The Belgrade train
By Fiona Sampson - 30 May 9:09

A journey to the troubled heart of the Balkans.

Wu Ming.
Wu Ming: A band of militant storytellers
By Celluloid Liberation Front - 29 May 11:12

The Celluloid Liberation Front speak to the Italian literary collective Wu Ming, whose work draws readers in to exchange, sharing and confrontation.

New Statesman
Germany is the most popular country in the world – and I can see why
By Glosswitch - 25 May 11:42

Glosswitch has always had a love for all things German, so she's happy to learn that everyone else agrees.

The Great Reckoning: Why the European ideal is under threat
By Mark Mazower - 19 May 9:32

The certainties that sustained notions of European unity and social solidarity are collapsing. The financial structures that formed the foundations of old Europe have warped and are destroying it. So, where next?

President Dmitry Medvedev pays a visit in 2011.
Inside Russia Today: counterweight to the mainstream media, or Putin's mouthpiece?
By Oliver Bullough - 10 May 14:56

Up to 2.5m Britons watch the Kremlin-funded TV channel, which is so strongly critical of Western governments it's known as the "anti Fox News". But does it have a blind spot when it comes to Russia's own failings?

New Statesman
How German football became the best in Europe
By Jonathan Wilson - 09 May 16:43

The Bundesliga has gone back to basics.

Bayern Munich.
Leader: The German model
By New Statesman - 02 May 9:48

In praise of the Bundesliga and more besides.

The sorrows of Mr Weak
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 02 May 6:00

Since the minister in charge of tax avoidance was forced to admit to a secret Swiss bank account, François Hollande’s entire government has begun to look shaky. How did it go so wrong, so fast?

Kostas Vaxevanis (L) being escorted to the public prosecutor in Athens
Kostas Vaxevanis: "The only way for the Greek people to know about their own country is through the foreign press"
By Daniel Trilling - 22 April 9:04

The Greek journalist, who was instrumental in the publication of the "Lagarde list" of major tax evaders in October 2012, talks to the NS's Daniel Trilling.

It is time for Turkey to recognise the historical fact of the Armenian Genocide
By Benjamin Abtan - 20 April 10:02

It is now 98 years since 1.5m Armenians were systematically massacred. Recognising what happened is the only way to help us all move forward.

“No blacks or Arabs” for Israeli PM's visit: the latest example of French state-sanctioned discrimination
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 16 April 10:00

Hollande's silence on the alleged discrimination against black and Arab employees is indicative of the president's recent decision to chase popularity by playing to the centre-right.

An ambulance outside Kat Hospital in Athens.
From heart attacks to maternal care: the human cost of austerity in Greece
By Dawn Foster - 13 April 10:55

Austerity has caused more than just tear gas usage to rise - heart attacks have spiked in the republic.

Mourners gather for the funeral of an 84-year-old man
Romania: The old country
By New Statesman - 09 April 8:37

One in six Romanians now lives abroad. How has this wave of emigration transformed their nation? Photography by Petrut Calinescu.

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