Witness to a grave slice of history
By Mary Riddell - 13 March 12:00

The outgoing German ambassador describes the animosity between Blair and Schroder. Mary Riddell inte

Brokeback Olympus
By Helena Smith - 13 March 12:00

Observations on Greece

Fiction - Lost and found
By Ruth Scurr - 06 March 12:00

Suite Francaise

Irene Nemirovsky; translated by Sandra Smith <em>Chatto & Windus, 404pp, £16.99</e

Does any country get ten out of ten?
By Staff blogger - 06 March 12:00

Education - Britain could learn a few lessons by watching what works abroad. By <strong>Andrew Steph

Michele Roberts finds fulfilment in Munich's food markets
By Michele Roberts - 27 February 12:00

True fulfilment is found not in heaven, but in Munich's food markets

NS Essay - 'If we did anything questionable in the war, we should have the maturity to admit it and learn from it'
By A C Grayling - 27 February 12:00

The area bombing of civilians by the Allies in the lead-up to 1945 went beyond the limits of a just

Welcome to weird politics
By Denis MacShane - 20 February 12:00

Observations on Poland

Send this man straight to jail
By Roger Boyes - 20 February 12:00

David Irving, facing trial in Austria, has been tolerated for far too long. He is not the sad oddbal

Cartoons and oil
By Lindsey Hilsum - 13 February 12:00

The Americans are seeking ways to cut themselves off from the Muslim world. For Europe that is not a

The story was, in journalistic terms, an earthquake. it confirmed that Khrushchev had indeed made his rumoured speech denouncing Stalin
By John Rettie - 13 February 12:00

Special report - A pawn in a dangerous game that went right to the heart of Soviet power politics or

Danish butter? No thanks
By James Montague - 13 February 12:00

You have to feel sorry for Thomas Bay. The affable Danish consul and trade commissioner to Dubai has arguably one of the hardest jobs in the world at the moment: trying to persuade Muslim consumers in the emirate to start buying Danish again.

Nuremberg Notebook
By Feliks Topolski - 06 February 12:00

By Feliks Topolski Originally published in <em>The New Statesman and Nation</em>, 31 August 1946, sl

Can they seize their golden chance?
By Adam Sage - 06 February 12:00

If France's Socialists are to exploit their country's crisis and win back power, they need a message

We didn't invent fish and chips
By Patrick West - 23 January 12:00

Gourmets say "traditional" dishes are being bastardised, but they are missing the point

Mark Thomas spots a human rights turkey
By Mark Thomas - 16 January 12:00

In Turkey, even assisting the state security forces comes at a price. Consider the case of Private C

Mark Thomas says f**k c*ns*rsh*p
By Mark Thomas - 19 December 12:00

When it comes to freedom of speech we are prepared to defend only those threatened ideas that we agr

The mohair berets are on the march
By Marek Kohn - 19 December 12:00

Observations on Poland

The next holocaust
By Ziauddin Sardar - 05 December 12:00

Islamophobia is not a uniquely British disease: across Europe, liberals openly express prejudice aga

Turkey's disgrace
By Denis MacShane - 28 November 12:00

Observations on censorship

A lifeline, but not for them
By Robin Pagnamenta - 21 November 12:00

It is vital to the west and worth billions to BP, but will the 1,100-mile pipeline across the Caucas

Urban life - Darcus Howe finds colonialism in the Paris suburbs
By Darcus Howe - 14 November 12:00

Suburban Paris has been treated as if it were a far-flung colony to be easily ignored

A national idea goes up in flames
By Adam Sage - 14 November 12:00

Observations on France

Russia invades the Middle East
By Gideon Lichfield - 31 October 12:00

They came in their hundreds of thousands from the crumbling Soviet Union, and they have brought chan

A viceroy's farewell
By Tim Judah - 31 October 12:00

Observations on Bosnia

The sheer slog of life
By Sukhdev Sandhu - 24 October 13:00

Documentary film - It has become fashionable to release quirky documentaries about social oddities.

Official pranksters
By Rosie Millard - 24 October 13:00

Freed from doing official portraits of Communist grandees, contemporary artists in Russia have turne

Politics through the looking glass
By Neil Clark - 17 October 13:00

Observations on Hungary

Towards a new Europe - but what is it for?
By Staff blogger - 10 October 13:00

Whatever else its shortcomings, Turkey cannot be accused of a lack of patience. The country that straddles Europe and Asia first applied to join what was then the EEC in 1959.

King Crimson rules OK
By Viv Groskop - 03 October 13:00

Observations on post-sov rock

No more people power
By Jo Durden-Smith - 03 October 13:00

Fuelled by e-mails and western cash,Ukraine's orange revolution was a new kind of upheaval. Other ex

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