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Putins view of power was formed watching East Germany collapse | Mary Sarotte NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 14 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
25 years ago Russias president was a KGB officer in the chaos of Dresden. This explains the hardliner he is todayTwenty-five years ago this week tumultuous scenes were unfolding in the East German city of Dresden: inside the central station, tens of...
Radovan Karadi awaits his verdict, but this is two-tier international justice | Ed Vulliamy NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Day, 15 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
The ex-Bosnian Serb leader has been prosecuted, yet the war crimes tribunal resists calls to indict othersThere he was, on the other side of the bullet-proof glass: Radovan Karadi himself, inches away, accused of genocide and other war crimes ac...
Europe must honour its migrant dead | Simon Robins NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Day, 20 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
The many thousands who have died trying to reach the EUs promised land deserve better than a shallow grave and a broken stoneEight deaths a day, on average, for the last 14 years: this week the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) published...
Kosovo is fully behind Americas fight against Isis | Hashim Thaçi NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Day, 22 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
As prime minister, I reject suggestions that we are a safe haven for radicals we are taking decisive action to destroy jihadi networksFifteen years ago, leading democratic states of the world intervened against the Serbian forces of the dictator Slo...
David Camerons human rights ploy would undermine the rule of law | Clive Stafford Smith NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 3 Days, 4 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
The prime ministers plan to stop the European court of human rights overruling UK decisions is a dangerous populist mistakeIt has been reported that the Conservatives will no longer allow the European court of human rights (ECHR) to overrule decision...
The African Union must take its share of responsibility for migrant deaths | Sede Alonge NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Days, 22 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
African migrants are not Europes problem alone. The AU should try to limit illegal migration and make Africa more appealing to its peopleThousands of migrants, many of them Africans, have died trying to get into Europe this year alone. News stories o...
Federalism works in Germany but may not in Britain | Jochen Hung NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
A federal system needs a strong bond to hold individual elements together. Postwar Germany had that; its doubtful the UK doesIn yesterdays Observer, Andrew Rawnsley bemoaned the fact that the British helped to give Germany a federal constitution, but...
Dear recorder teacher, I'm so sorry | Victoria Coren Mitchell NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Far too late, I've realised I should have taken my childhood music lessons more seriouslyWhen I was at school, I got into trouble quite often. Nothing major; I wasn't one for truancy, violence or jacking up in the classroom. It was just cheek, messin...
The union is saved, but what lurks around the corner? NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Chris Riddell on the Scottish independence, more devolution... and the prospect of another vote Continue reading...
Im fighting to save night trains the ticket to my daughters future | Katie Mitchell NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Rail is by far the greenest way to travel, so why on earth are Europes sleeper services being cut?Back in May I was on a sleeper train between Paris and Berlin, chewing on a biro and filling out a questionnaire. As the sun set across the rolling hill...
Madrids Plaza Margaret Thatcher is a curious landmark for curious times | Miguel-Anxo Murado NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 18 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Despite the fanfare that accompanied the squares opening, Thatchers brand of conservatism was never popular in Spain, a country now split by austerityMargaret Thatcher now ranks between Columbus and Goya. Not between the men and their achievements, b...
Ukraine: how to close the door on Putin | Timothy Garton Ash NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Europe can resolve this crisis and counter Russias aggression, but it needs a clear 10-year planThe European Union must develop a 10-year plan for Ukraine. This plan will also define what Europe itself will be a decade hence. In tribute to Europes pi...
The Guardian view on the Swedish elections | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
The Sweden Democrats threaten the countrys reputation for tolerance. They must be fought with courage and optimism, not ignoredThe result of the Swedish general election must be deeply disappointing for the left. After eight years in opposition to a...
Women of Britain, lets form our own feminist party | Ellie Mae OHagan NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Swedens Feminist Initiative has shown us how to make male-dominated, middle-class Westminster work for womenFree-market era in Sweden swept awayEvery country needs a political party like Swedens Feminist InitiativeWhen our children and grandchildren...
Ian Paisleys bravery and political acumen helped us build Irelands peace | Bertie Ahern NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 17 Minutes ago
As Taoiseach I knew how sincere the first minister was about ensuring the next generation lived in harmony. He will be missedWhen I heard the sad news of Ian Paisleys death, my mind slipped back to May 2008, and to the day when I stepped down as Taoi...
After Scotland votes, keeping Britain in Europe will be a whole lot harder | Jonathan Freedland NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Whatever the result, Thursdays referendum has rewritten the political rulebook. What used to work no longer doesNigel Farage was in Glasgow today, about as welcome a sight for no campaigners as the 10,000 members of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotlan...
Ian Paisley: Northern Irelands no man who said yes | Gerry Adams NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
There were many who doubted Paisleys attempt to share power with Sinn Fein after decades of dissent would work, but it didI grew up with Ian Paisley. His was a name I heard as a child playing in the streets of west Belfast. I wasnt particularly polit...
Every country needs a political party like Swedens Feminist Initiative | Christian Christensen NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 29 Minutes ago
Its easy to dismiss such organisations as pie-in-the-sky idealists, but this Sundays election could see it make historyThere is an election in Sweden in a few days, and if you mention the fact that a feminist party is close to entering parliament you...
Who are Europes happiest people progressives or conservatives? | Andrew Brown NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 3 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
We may assume social democracies produce higher levels of wellbeing, but poll data suggests the reverse may be trueThere is an elegant paradox in political science which does a lot to explain the confused nature of politics in Europe today. Surveys c...
The Guardian view on Jean-Claude Junckers new commissioners | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 3 Weeks, 15 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Good news for Europe: the new president of the European commission has picked a strong teamAt a time when the European Union faces formidable internal and external challenges, it is heartening to see the installation of what bids fair to be the most...