Russia today is like Britain in the Fifties and Sixties: agog at new washing machines, throwing out
Observations on the Muslim world
It was an open secret that Jose Luis RodrIguez Zapatero, leader of the Socialist Party (PSOE), expected to stay in opposition for the next four years.
Cities soon bounced back from 9/11 and, despite repeated warnings of terror attacks, are now said to
Inside Putin's Russia
Andrew Jack <em>Granta Books, 350pp, £20</em>
The entente cordiale, to be celebrated by the Queen in a sentimental speech, is a lie. In 1904, it s
Observations on Serbia by Neil Clark
Observations on Greek socialists
Poor American employees are being shamefully exploited. By whom? Why, by European firms that cross t
Music - Peter Conrad is dazzled by two new recordings of Scandinavian songs
John Kampfner in Moscow finds mega malls on the horizon and some of Europe's most fashionable bars a
The corrupt president is backed only by the old and poor. In Lithuania, that's a lot of people
Tony Blair should hold his nerve. Far from regarding EU enlargement on 1 May as a threat - because it will allow unrestricted access to migrants from the new member states - the UK should see it as an opportunity.
In recent weeks, the British media have been overrun with scare stories of an imminent influx of Roma - or gypsy - peoples from central Europe.
After the Empire: the breakdown of the American order
Emmanuel Todd <em>Columbia, 233pp, £21</em>
At Christmas, Bosnian Serbs were thrilled to get a text message greeting from Radovan Karadzic. But
Russian policy in Chechnya is breeding terrorists
Spain was also a leading part of the war coalition. But to the chagrin of its writers, it has had no
The Encyclopaedia of Ireland
Edited by Brian Lalor <em>Gill & Macmillan, 1,256pp, £50</em>
Ireland has not only banned smoking in restaurants and bars, ministers have also asked citizens to g
The son of a Hungarian immigrant, the interior minister has taken France by storm. Can he now push C
Who would have believed that, after seven years of Labour, we would be no nearer to joining the euro
European integration, some evangelists say, is another popish plot or worse. Janet Bush reads the si
Observations on EU enlargement
The bombers of Istanbul may be alarming, as is the threat that they could next hit a British city. The mindset of British and US leaders, however, is more alarming.
Ever since he travelled to the Soviet Union and China as a young man nearly 20 years ago, Nicholas W
Vladimir Putin is beginning to mould the new Russia in his own image.