Italy has spoken, but what did it say?
By Peter Popham - 07 March 7:05

Beppe Grillo's movement born in protest but now he will be under huge pressure to do something creative with it.

A woman walks passed an electoral information banner at a polling station
Italy’s elections and the European “misunderstanding”
By Andrea Mammone - 27 February 8:40

Does the political return of Berlusconi represent a realistic danger for Western democracy?

Greece: "A promise from the army has been obtained to not intervene against a civil uprising"
By Leigh Phillips - 24 February 12:01

Explosive revelations from a former Greek diplomat.

A before and after montage of the photos released by the Greek police of one of
A disastrous and unconvincing case of brutality and mismanagement by the Greek police
By Yiannis Baboulias - 09 February 13:56

Conflicting stories and doctored photographs reveal clumsy attempts by the Greek police to conceal the degree of force used during and after the arrest of four anarchists.

Members of the Greek ultra-nationalist Golden Dawn party wave Greek flags
Selective zero-tolerance: is Greece really a democracy anymore?
By Yiannis Baboulias - 05 February 9:04

The abuse suffered by four young anarchists, arrested for a bank robbery, at the hands of the police proves it’s time to call Greece’s coalition government what it is – a far-right authoritarian group.

Europe wobbles…
By Alex Hern - 05 February 9:03

Italy, Spain and Cyprus all strike fear into the hearts of economists.

Europe: democracy, or barbarism?
By Benjamin Abtan - 30 January 14:36

An open letter to Angela Merkel.

Cannabis seed on display in a tourist shop in Amsterdam
Holland’s high life under threat
By Jon Day - 24 January 5:59

Questions are being asked about the viability of Holland's liberal drug laws.

A woman waits for clients in the Bois de Boulogne, in Paris
Should prostitution be legalised in France?
By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky - 22 January 15:51

Back from Paris where she has been interviewing prostitutes, politicians, police, and feminists who argue both for and against legalising prostitution, Valeria Costa-Kostritsky asks whether legalising it would benefit both those who want to leave prostitu

The uncertainty over Britain's EU membership is damaging growth
By Robert Buckland - 16 January 16:23

Conservative MP Robert Buckland says it is time for the UK to engage with the EU constructively.

Leader: The Prime Minister’s posturing on Europe threatens our future
By New Statesman - 16 January 15:44

There is no evidence that any EU member is willing to allow Britain to pick and choose which laws it obeys.

Russian opposition supporters shout during a rally in central Moscow on 5 Decemb
The danger of “business as usual” with Moscow
By Tanya Lokshina - 20 December 10:01

Human rights researcher Tanya Lokshina tells how she was blackmailed over her pregnancy.

A convoy of Belgian cavalry approaches the Western Front near Ypres
The Great Carnage
By T G Otte - 13 December 6:29

We still have not learned the lessons of the First World War.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon earlier this year.
Mélenchon’s jump to the left
By Daniel Trilling - 12 December 16:44

Lofty ambitions on the French left.

A woman places a carnation on the smashed iron gate of the Athens Polytechnic
A warning from Athens
By Daniel Trilling - 12 December 6:25

In Greece, the far right has taken advantage of public anxiety caused by hyper-austerity, stoking xenophobia and violence. But the country’s experience is by no means unique.

New Statesman
Lifting the veil in Turkey
By Raziye Akkoc - 30 November 15:50

Turkey's prime minister Recep Erdogan announced this week that the headscarf ban will be partially lifted.

Veiled women carrying their ID demonstrating in Paris in January 2004
France and the veil – the dark side of the law
By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky - 30 November 11:16

French anti-veil laws are steeped in racism and have opened the door to abuse against Muslims.

A Natural History Museum employee poses as she looks at a taxidermy exhibit
What Germany outlawing bestiality tells us about changing attitudes to sex
By Nelson Jones - 28 November 11:22

The change in law reflects the contemporary view of sex as something that can only properly be enjoyed on a basis of equality.

Cover picture of The Economist's 17 November issue.
French fury at Economist cover story
By Alex Ward - 19 November 8:03

Officials defend the “time-bomb at the heart of Europe”.

New Statesman
Chart of the day: hope springs eternal
By Alex Hern - 15 November 12:56

The European Commission is ever-hopeful, it seems.

Spanish regional nationalism is a curse and a blessing for Rajoy
By Richard Mylles - 02 November 15:58

Regional parties mitigate the threat of a single populist party winning national support.

The leader of Golden Dawn, Nikolaos Michaloliakos.
Golden Dawn’s third place in the polls is not all it seems
By Jon Stone - 01 November 14:30

The party is only third because of the collapse of others around it.

Topless activists of the Ukrainian women movement Femen demonstrate
France: A licence to rape?
By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky - 30 October 16:03

A lenient gang-rape verdict has prompted outcry and a debate on France's inadequate response to rape. The French media's ambivalence towards rape victims also needs to be examined.

Why I'm voting with Tory MPs for a cut in the EU budget
By Denis MacShane - 30 October 11:15

To be pro-European is not to endorse each and every proposal of the Brussels apparat.

Oksana Makar in hospital in March
The tragic case of Ukraine's Oksana Makar draws to a close
By Graham Phillips - 30 October 10:55

Pressure is on the Mykolaiv court to reach a verdict that will show progress.

A protestor and a member of the riot police in Athens
It won’t just be Greek journalists who suffer from free speech crackdown
By Yiannis Baboulias - 30 October 10:25

There is nothing pro-European about a government sworn on suppressing freedom of speech.

Blair calls for directly-elected EU president
By George Eaton - 29 October 15:37

Who could he possibly have in mind?

Members of the Greek extreme-right party Golden Dawn.
Desperate to keep the police on side, is the Greek government overlooking violent abuses?
By Yiannis Baboulias - 23 October 16:09

Golden Dawn is having a field day while MPs from other parties are assaulted.

BP
BP reaches $26bn deal with Russian oil titan Rosneft
By Alex Ward - 22 October 15:54

State-owned champion becomes world’s largest oil producer.

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