The Russian emigre novelist AndreI Makine approaches Soviet history through painstaking investigatio
In Ghana's Katanga Valley, the staple food is rice. This comes as no surprise, given that the fields for miles around are paddies. Look a little further and the sacks piled high on village walls sport an American flag.
By accepting money from the British government, the National Union of Journalists is undermining its
John Prescott denies he ever said it, which seems strange, because he should have said it: drivers need to be priced out of their cars, because if they are not, Britain will slowly come to a halt.
Europe's political classes, particularly on the left, are bending over backwards to claim that no do
A Maggie dilemma for the Tories, Tony's EU gaffe and Ming's perfect pyjamas
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Europe - The paradox of France's stunning No vote is that, while it leaves Chirac a lame duck, it da
Gordon's mortgage wheeze, a route back for Twiggy and a parliamentary diarist unmasked
The west may believe it is building a safer world by opening up markets, imposing sanctions and inte
Europe - Don't write the obituaries yet. A new France could put Britain on the sidelines
Blair may want to delay his departure until he is satisfied he has left his mark, but the Chancellor
Britons see work as more central to their lives than other Europeans - and this is assumed to be a b
Could the European Union collapse? The question, dismissed a few years ago as the stirrings of Europhobic fantasists, is now pertinent. National governments across the continent are struggling for authority and credibility. Econ-omies are struggling for growth and dynamism.
Song contest - Wogan might laugh, but Eurovision is an important political statement, insists Tim Lu
Reform and respect: Tony Blair has proved considerably more adept at the former than the latter, certainly where the Labour Party comes in.
Nearly 900 people perished when the <em>Estonia</em> ferry sank in 1994. In this exclusive investiga
Croatian Nights: a festival of alternative literature
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Many in Britain feel smug about France's vote on the European constitution. If the French say "no" on 29 May, it will save us asking the dreaded question. If they say "yes", doesn't that strengthen a British instinct to say no when Tony Blair picks a date for us?
Comrade Pavlik: the rise and fall of a Soviet boy hero
Catriona Kelly <em>Granta Books, 354pp, £17
Europe once offered a route to the good life for dowdy Brits. As we contemplate a referendum, perhap
Charles Williams <em>Little, Brown, 568pp, £30</em>
Lauren Booth hears the grumbles of expat voters
Cinema - It is 100 years since the events dramatised in Battleship Potemkin. Sebastian Harcombe send
His quango is no bureaucracy. It's lean and mean, and determined to get businesses the people they n