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

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

New Statesman
Meet Leonid Fainberg, the ultimate Ukrainian mobster
By Graham Phillips - 13 October 11:24

The man who tried to buy a Soviet submarine to transport drugs is fast becoming an internet celebrity from his prison cell in Panama.

Nina was brutalised by her rapists, and then French justice assaulted her again
By Rose George - 12 October 16:16

For six months, a pack of boys told Nina to turn up at certain times to be raped. Yesterday, the harshest sentence given to her attackers was a year in jail, and several defendants were acquitted. How is this justice?

The Nobel decision was a brave defence of the European project
By William Brett - 12 October 14:59

The Peace Prize was a reminder that the EU has been a force for good and remains a bulwark against further suffering.

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the EU
By Alex Hern - 12 October 10:12

Not quite as weird as it seems. But still pretty weird.

These labourers provide a cheap supply of ready manpower
Cheap, and far from free: The migrant army building Britain
By Sorana Stanescu - 11 October 12:29

Revealed: how job restrictions have left Romanian and Bulgarian construction workers underpaid and vulnerable to exploitation.

A view of Sarajevo through a former sniper position
International rescue and the "responsibility to protect"
By Douglas Hurd - 11 October 9:19

Governing the World: the History of an Idea - review.

Angela Merkel in Athens: The bitter after-taste
By Yiannis Baboulias - 10 October 9:04

As protestors chanted anti-austerity slogans and clashed with riot police, the German Chancellor did nothing but look after her own electoral interests.

Some red herring.
EU renegotiation: chasing windmills in Birmingham
By Petros Fassoulas - 09 October 10:45

There is no hope that a renegotiation would be anything but a step towards exit from the EU.

A Spanish flag and a one euro coin. Stock images rule.
Spain's bank balance starts heading in the right direction
By Alex Hern - 09 October 9:58

Some good news from Europe.

New Statesman
"Hungary is being held hostage by an outdated tyrant"
By Jacob Diggle - 01 October 17:58

Viktor Orban’s government is returning the country to totalitarianism.

Children from the Roma community in Villeneuve d'Ascq, northern France
The Roma in France: "Is Hollande going to expel us all?"
By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky - 01 October 16:45

Like their classmates, Roma children in one Paris suburb are getting to grips with a new school year - but French ministers continue to play politics with their future.

New Statesman
In pictures: Two Spanish crises in one - anti-austerity protests and separatist strife
By Alex Hern - 26 September 10:46

As protestors surround Madrid, Catalonia ponders independence.

Farewell to Hindenburgplatz
By James Dawson - 24 September 10:51

A referendum in a German town over a street name sparks a debate over whether ambiguous historical figures should be honoured.