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.
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
After the Empire: the breakdown of the American order
Emmanuel Todd <em>Columbia, 233pp, £21</em>
Russian policy in Chechnya is breeding terrorists
At Christmas, Bosnian Serbs were thrilled to get a text message greeting from Radovan Karadzic. But
Spain was also a leading part of the war coalition. But to the chagrin of its writers, it has had no
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
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
European integration, some evangelists say, is another popish plot or worse. Janet Bush reads the si
Observations on EU enlargement
Vladimir Putin is beginning to mould the new Russia in his own image.
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
Cinema - William Cook goes in search of Woody Allen's New York and discovers a European fantasy
Around the world, Washington endorses then deposes rulers. Reporting on Russia, Neil Clark spells ou
Around the world, Washington endorses then deposes rulers. Reporting on Georgia, Mark Almond spells
The exile - So vicious were the attacks on the feminist Shere Hite that she decided to give up her A
Observations on Izetbegovic
The leader of Italy's authoritarian right has turned liberal. A new ally for Blair? By Hilary Clarke
The French shed blood to overthrow clerical power and establish republican values. They still believ
Cinema - Lilian Pizzichini discovers sex, murder and all of Italy's history in its film posters
The French notaire complains that the place is swamped by English refugees