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

The wary probing of the lawyers
By Martin Bright - 13 March 12:00

How the David Mills drama is dividing Britain's top legal institution

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

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.

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

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

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

Observations on France

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

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

Official pranksters
By Rosie Millard - 24 October 13:00

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

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.

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.

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