Bert Lodge recalls the curious outcome of a mission he undertook for the late Peter Benenson, Amnest
Fair trade special - Will the new EU trade commissioner give poor countries a fairer chance to sell
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 Turkish Kurds
Observations on a visitor from Romania
With an eye to its vast Asian market, Europe promotes human rights when the price is right.
Ceramics - Richard Cork is fired up by a revolutionary display of Russian china
Observations on council flats on Champs Elysees
If you think victims of crime have a hard time in England, it's nothing to what can happen in Italy,
NS Christmas - 25 December used to be a day like any other in Moscow. That has all changed
Kosovo - the site of a genocide that never was - is now a violent "free market" in drugs and prostition.
The minister for Europe on how the euro (''that damn currency'') has become a fetish and how he told
Friend or Foe: an Anglo-Saxon history of France
<em>Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 428pp,
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.
America's real aim in Ukraine and other former Soviet republics is to seize control of vital resourc
The Transformation of Ireland (1900-2000)
Diarmaid Ferriter <em>Profile Books, 884pp, £30
Since the 17th century, Britain has been clear that it is wrong even to threaten suspects with tortu
Turkey appears to be moving eastwards and westwards at the same time. But is it really possible to i
Observations on global warming David Nicholson-Lord
Even "new Europe" has now parted from Tony Blair on Iraq. The PM has been reduced to phoning Hungary
Observations on nostalgia
Why are social-democrat parties in such trouble in so many European countries? Have they been too qu
With Britain at its heart, the EU isn't what it once was - and now France is just as vitriolic about
Don't believe it - "Europe referendum in March 2006"