Europe - The self-confessed friend of Tony who must now pick up the pieces. Jose Manuel Barroso inte
Europe - The paradox of France's stunning No vote is that, while it leaves Chirac a lame duck, it da
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.
Croatian Nights: a festival of alternative literature
Edited by Borivoj Radakovic, Matt Thorne and
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>
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
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
Africa special: the big picture - Their fault or our fault? The blame game doesn't help. More import
Bert Lodge recalls the curious outcome of a mission he undertook for the late Peter Benenson, Amnest
Polish migrants work for tiny wages that British workers won't accept. But many have only the hazies
Fair trade special - Will the new EU trade commissioner give poor countries a fairer chance to sell
Observations on Turkish Kurds
The task facing pro-Europeans is bleaker than at any other time in Tony Blair's two terms. So risky
EU laws affect us all, but it's the corporate lobbyists who have the biggest influence on them. Thei
Don't believe it - "Britain to reject European constitution"
Observations on a visitor from Romania
With an eye to its vast Asian market, Europe promotes human rights when the price is right.
Observations on council flats on Champs Elysees
Ceramics - Richard Cork is fired up by a revolutionary display of Russian china