A unit claiming to be Cossack and other citizen pro-Russian volunteers outside a Ukrainian miltary base in the Crimea. Photo: Getty
Why Vladimir Putin needs a poor, aggressive Russia
By KermlinRussia - 03 March 12:03

If you can’t improve people’s living standards, you can try to give them a sense of belonging to a great power.

The Foreign Secretary says this "is an entirely different situation".
Hague denies Iraq war has undermined western stance over Ukraine
By George Eaton - 03 March 9:00

The Foreign Secretary says Ukraine "is an entirely different situation" after John Kerry criticises Russia for "invading another country on completely trumped up pretext".

The europhile and the europhobe.
Where Clegg and Farage agree: Cameron's EU renegotiation plan is a fantasy
By George Eaton - 28 February 15:53

It will become harder for the PM to insist he can succeed when the europhile and the europhobe both declare he will fail.

It’s no again to all things Euro: the rise of the new Eurosceptics
By Mark Leonard - 28 February 8:08

There are three groups Nigel Farage and Ukip must win over: the settlers, the prospectors and the pioneers. Can he do it?

The Prime Minister can see the strategic as well as the economic logic.
Behind the gun-slinging sceptic act, Cameron is a good European. Will he dare show it in public?
By Rafael Behr - 27 February 1:04

The Prime Minister can see the strategic as well as the economic logic that keeps Britain in Europe.

After withdrawing from the centre-right European People's Party grouping.
Cameron only has himself to blame for the Tories' latest Europe row
By Nick Tyrone - 25 February 15:54

After withdrawing from the centre-right European People's Party grouping, Cameron has no right to tell his MEPs not to flirt with the anti-Euro Alternative für Deutschland.

The EU cannot afford a wait and see approach.
The western Balkans are in danger of sliding backwards
By David Clark - 24 February 10:50

The EU cannot afford a wait and see approach that creates the risk of economic divergence and renewed instability.

Yulia Tymoshenko in 2009. Photo: Getty
Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko released from prison
By New Statesman - 22 February 16:08

Ukrainian MPs have voted to oust President Yanukovych and hold early presidential elections on 25 May.

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Ukraine is at war, we're just not admitting it yet
By Agata Pyzik - 20 February 10:56

Ukraine finds itself in an impossible clinch, where it is alternately patronised (“those heroic Ukrainians!”) and refused serious help to counter Russia’s bailouts. With people dying on the streets as the violence intensifies, how much longer can this last?

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot
Pussy Riot and the new age of dissident art
By Daniel Trilling - 19 February 9:50

Neither of these two new books about the feminist art collective leave one optimistic about the immediate future of Russian politics, but they show the deep effect the saga has had.

Front-line journalist: Chornovol is still recovering from her attack.
No chickening out for activists subject to intimidation in Kiev
By Lucy Ash - 18 February 14:23

“I don’t hide behind the title ‘journalist’ any more,” says Tetiana Chornovol. “My investigative reporting is just one of the weapons I use in my battle against Yanukovych and his clan.”

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, members of Pussy Riot
Two members of Pussy Riot arrested in Sochi
By Julia Ioffe - 18 February 13:41

Nadia Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, who were released from prison less than two months ago, say they were arrested in Sochi with a group of activists and journalists.

Belgium extends its euthanasia laws to children
By Sophie McBain - 14 February 11:55

Belgium has lifted all age restrictions on euthanasia, despite concerns that the legislation has been rushed through.

Calm, classless, striving for beauty: Yes, Scandinavia really is all it's cracked up to be
By Andrew Mellor - 05 February 12:42

British commentators have been dismissing Scandinavian culture and politics using selective statistics and un-contextualised observations. But from smart young people to art and happiness: the qualities of Nordic life are well established.

Dieudonné’s war on France: the Holocaust comedian who isn’t funny
By Andrew Hussey - 30 January 11:30

Dieudonné is no Bernard Manning or Frankie Boyle, whose humour is purposelessly offensive. In recent years, he has set out on a political mission to provoke the French state and test the limits of French law.

You have to be rather fond of someone to visit them in dreary, shoeless Gothenburg
By Nicholas Lezard - 23 January 17:59

This is the place to which the Beloved is committed.

Before the First World War: what can 1914 tell us about 2014?
By Richard J Evans - 23 January 9:58

Old world decline, rogue empires, killing for God – looking at 1914, we can discover that there are many uncomfortable parallels with our own time.

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President Hollande's approval rating among women is boosted by reports he's having an affair
By Sophie McBain - 16 January 12:24

A poll reveals that Francois Hollande's popularity among French women has increased following news of his alleged affair with an actress.

Why, in 2014, are first ladies still expected to behave like 1950s housewives?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 16 January 8:54

Open your mouth and identify yourself as a human being while daring to be married to a high-powered politician, and the media is unlikely to look kindly upon you.

Hollande and the French kiss goodbye to era of private presidential affairs
By John Gaffney - 15 January 10:27

When things are going well, the “private life” is deliberately on display for all to see. That is how the French presidency thrives.

In the debate about immigration, we must not forget the exploitation of immigrants
By Sarah Karacs and Alan White - 14 January 12:57

Eva came from Hungary to London to work 21 hours a day as a nanny, but when she lost her job she had nothing. While we discuss the political issues of immigration, we can't forget the people who are being exploited on the black market.

Why the Tories have more in common with the Romanians than they think
By Nicholas Hillman - 08 January 16:52

It's a sweet irony that Margaret Thatcher is the heroine both of some of those who wish to come here and many of those who oppose their doing so.

The surprising truth about Denmark in the Holocaust
By Michael Ignatieff - 03 January 9:16

One country saved its Jews. Were they just better people? <em>Countrymen</em>, a new book by Bo Lidegaard, seeks to explain how a small country tried to fight back.

How Europe's far-right will - and won't - flourish in 2014
By Matthew Goodwin - 02 January 13:17

While the more established parties, such as the Front National and the Sweden Democrats, look set to enjoy the next year, others are likely to remain firmly on the fringe.

WHO retracts claim half of Greek HIV infections were self-inflicted, blames 'editing error'
By Ian Steadman - 26 November 13:19

The WHO's latest health inequity report made a startling claim that "about half" of those with HIV deliberately infected themselves in order to claim benefits, a claim not backed by the study cited.

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Did the press comply with an HIV witch-hunt in Greece?
By Julie Tomlin - 07 November 13:13

State and private television networks went ahead and published women’s mugshots and personal details, labelling them “HIV-infected prostitutes”.

A four day old baby in hospital in Germany
On Germany's new intersex law and the dangers of our gender-obsessed culture
By Nelson Jones - 01 November 15:52

Germany has become the first European country to pass a law that lets a birth certificate to be left blank in cases where the child is neither obviously male nor female, but it will take far more than a bureaucratic fix to remove the stigma of "abnormalit

EU immigration policy is contributing to Sahara migrant deaths
By Sophie McBain - 01 November 15:12

Between 1998 and 2012, more than 16,000 people are known to have died attempting to migrate to the European Union.

Ben Bernanke.
The Washington impasse may lead to further Euro strength
By Nick Beecroft - 22 October 11:48

In an epic reversal of fortunes, the Eurozone is starting to look like a safe haven to some.

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The Kremlin uses bully-boy tactics to keep other countries in the fold
By Charles Grant - 17 October 15:37

Putin and his ministers were uncharacteristically polite about Barack Obama, welcoming co-operation with him over Syria’s chemical weapons. Yet only a few weeks previously their relations with Washington had been toxic, with rows over Syria, Edward Snowde

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