Balkan spirit
By Natasha Tripney - 23 May 13:00

Croatian Nights: a festival of alternative literature

Edited by Borivoj Radakovic, Matt Thorne and

The French keep it in the family
By David Lawday - 23 May 13:00

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?

Goody two-shoes
By Viv Groskop - 23 May 13:00

Comrade Pavlik: the rise and fall of a Soviet boy hero

Catriona Kelly <em>Granta Books, 354pp, £17

There is no point in escaping any more
By Nick Cohen - 23 May 13:00

Europe once offered a route to the good life for dowdy Brits. As we contemplate a referendum, perhap

A poor defence
By Richard Gott - 23 May 13:00


Charles Williams <em>Little, Brown, 568pp, £30</em>

ISBN 0316861278

Dancing as the people die
By Julian Holloway - 23 May 13:00

Observations on Uzbekistan

Terry-land: nul point
By Tim Luscombe - 23 May 13:00

Song contest - Wogan might laugh, but Eurovision is an important political statement, insists Tim Lu

The cage that must be rattled
By Staff blogger - 23 May 13:00

Reform and respect: Tony Blair has proved considerably more adept at the former than the latter, certainly where the Labour Party comes in.

Out there - Dordogne
By Lauren Booth - 02 May 13:00

Lauren Booth hears the grumbles of expat voters

People's picture
By Sebastian Harcombe - 11 April 13:00

Cinema - It is 100 years since the events dramatised in Battleship Potemkin. Sebastian Harcombe send

Interview - Mike Campbell
By Heather Welford - 28 March 13:00

His quango is no bureaucracy. It's lean and mean, and determined to get businesses the people they n

To save Africa we must listen to it
By Richard Dowden - 14 March 12:00

Africa special: the big picture - Their fault or our fault? The blame game doesn't help. More import

''Parte'', said the frontier guard
By Bert Lodge - 07 March 12:00

Bert Lodge recalls the curious outcome of a mission he undertook for the late Peter Benenson, Amnest

"People in England live differently . . ."
By Christina Zaba - 07 March 12:00

Polish migrants work for tiny wages that British workers won't accept. But many have only the hazies

What Mandy did next
By Barbara Gunnell - 28 February 12:00

Fair trade special - Will the new EU trade commissioner give poor countries a fairer chance to sell

Russian ladies start lunching
By Viv Groskop - 28 February 12:00

Observations on charity

Charlie Whelan says . . .
By Charlie Whelan - 07 February 12:00

Don't believe it - "Britain to reject European constitution"

Arrested without reasonable cause
By Mark Thomas - 07 February 12:00

Observations on Turkish Kurds

Politics - John Kampfner on the EU's straight banana factor
By John Kampfner - 07 February 12:00

The task facing pro-Europeans is bleaker than at any other time in Tony Blair's two terms. So risky

In Brussels, the lobbyocracy rules
By Barbara Gunnell - 07 February 12:00

EU laws affect us all, but it's the corporate lobbyists who have the biggest influence on them. Thei

A lefty the left doesn't like
By Tom Gallagher - 31 January 12:00

Observations on a visitor from Romania

John Pilger denounces EU appeasement of Burma
By John Pilger - 24 January 12:00

With an eye to its vast Asian market, Europe promotes human rights when the price is right. In Burma

Paris opts for la mixite sociale
By Adam Sage - 24 January 12:00

Observations on council flats on Champs Elysees

People's porcelain
By Richard Cork - 24 January 12:00

Ceramics - Richard Cork is fired up by a revolutionary display of Russian china

The landlord who set my flat on fire
By Sebastian Cresswell-Turner - 17 January 12:00

If you think victims of crime have a hard time in England, it's nothing to what can happen in Italy,

The other side of "freedom"
By Neil Clark - 10 January 12:00

Observations on Hungary

Stalin would have loved it
By Viv Groskop - 13 December 12:00

NS Christmas - 25 December used to be a day like any other in Moscow. That has all changed

NS Interview - Denis MacShane
By John Kampfner - 13 December 12:00

The minister for Europe on how the euro (''that damn currency'') has become a fetish and how he told

John Pilger reminds us of Kosovo
By John Pilger - 13 December 12:00

Kosovo - the site of a genocide that never was - is now a violent "free market" in drugs and prostit

The secrets of chicken Kiev
By Adrian Monck and Mike Hanley - 06 December 12:00

You probably know more about Ukraine than you think. Its most famous export is radiation after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor melted down in the 1980s. Its troops are serving alongside ours in Iraq.