International Politics
14 May 2007
"I am a little Frenchman of immigrant stock . . . "I have known failure and had to overcome it." So said Nicolas...
Europe
30 April 2007
The electoral odds stand against Ségolène Royal. Yet she has sailed over the first big hurdle in her pursuit of the...
Politics
09 April 2007
Tony Blair has had pretty much of a free hand to act. The job of British prime minister offers the freedom to chalk up...
Politics
13 November 2006
Her bubble was expected to burst the moment she declared she was standing for election as president of France. It did...
Politics
31 July 2006
Matrimonially, the struggle for power in France is looking a little tidier. You may pick out those who believe they...
Europe
27 March 2006
It is unwise to put civil service mandarins, however renowned, in charge of government. They find answers but they also...
Europe
20 March 2006
I have not personally done time in France, but get on the wrong side of a magistrate's hunch, and it is quite easy to...
Politics
06 June 2005
You have to hand it to the French left. Its voters are no fainthearts. They led their country in jumping off Europe's...
Politics
23 May 2005
Many in Britain feel smug about France's vote on the European constitution. If the French say "no" on 29 May, it will...
UK Politics
01 November 2004
Tony Blair doesn't seem to have done much on Europe, except go backwards on the euro. Yet appearances are deceptive....
International Politics
05 April 2004
When you reach rock bottom the only way to go is up. Yet the way things have gone for Germany's chancellor, Gerhard...
Politics
15 March 2004
What is it about us and the French? We ought to like each other. But when the Queen lands in France on a state visit...
International Politics
05 January 2004
France has been mugged. It has yielded, what is more, with a shudder of satisfaction. The visibly injured part of the...
Europe
20 October 2003
When I was at school in Sussex the day would start with prayers and a rousing hymn, prior to which the headmaster would...
Society
06 October 2003
It's always useful to make the world feel good about us. Britain is not short of image-makers. For news, there's BBC...

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