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Steve Bell on Joe Biden's action over Ukraine - cartoon NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Day, 5 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
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France and Germany must rebuild their relationship, for the good of Europe | Gérard Errera and Wolfgang Ischinger NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Day, 9 Hours, 1 Minute ago
The EU project has never been less popular. Berlin and Paris must deal with the economic and security crises togetherNever has it been so important for the nations of the European Union to be united. But never has the European project been...
European elections: some things are bigger than Ukip | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Days, 9 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Europe is not going away so our European election campaigns should contain a debate about policyOn May 22 voters go to the polls in the European parliament elections. Such an election ought, in theory at least, to generate a vigorous public debate ab...
Where would you rather live Great Britain or little England? | Nick Clegg NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Days, 15 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
If you agree that Britain is better off in the EU, make yourself heard now. The Lib Dems can't win this argument aloneThis Easter we find ourselves in the middle of a European election campaign in which the question at the heart of the European debat...
Finland's homoerotic stamps are an ocular feast for women, too | Nell Frizzell NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Days, 16 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Sometimes it takes a gay man to cater for the female gaze, so thank you Tom of Finland for your entirely lickable stampsThe male nude is, let's be honest, a fairly amusing figure.Those hairy knees, fleshless dugs, the hopeless sagging of veined and t...
Ukraine crisis: Putin should know we mess with Europe's borders at our peril | Chris Huhne NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 3 Days, 12 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Russian policy towards Ukraine risks reawakening European nationalism. Some sleeping dogs should be left to lieOne of the greatest problems with foreign and defence policy is understanding the real motives for a state's action. No one knows Vladimir...
Ukraine: the world according to Putin | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Days, 9 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Why had 'new Russia' been transferred to Ukraine, he rhetorically asked this week, answering that only 'God knows'President Vladimir Putin does not like Bolsheviks. Stalin was among those who divided up the Russian lands in stupid ways in the 1920s,...
Nato's action plan in Ukraine is right out of Dr Strangelove | John Pilger NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 6 Days, 13 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
From China to Ukraine, the US is pursuing its longstanding ambition to dominate the Eurasian landmassI watched Dr Strangelove the other day. I have seen it perhaps a dozen times; it makes sense of senseless news. When Major TJ "King" Kong goes "toe t...
Putin has more admirers than the west might think | Timothy Garton Ash NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 6 Days, 22 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Russia has found out who its friends are recently and thanks to some old resentments, that includes India and ChinaTell me your Ukraine and I will tell you who you are. The Ukrainian crisis is a political Rorschach test, not just for individuals but...
Education's culture of overwork is turning children and teachers into ghosts | Melissa Benn NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 13 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
If schools slowed down and focused on a deeper kind of flourishing, they might be more productive (if not very Goveian)Do you know a ghost child? Are you possibly raising one? A report this week by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) pinp...
The west is obliged to defend Ukraine and Putin must know what that means | Angus Roxburgh NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 16 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Force should be met with force in Ukraine, but civil war can only be avoided if Russia's legitimate interests there are acceptedAs foreign ministers from Russia, the UK, the US and Ukraine prepare for talks in Geneva on Thursday, Ukraine is stumbling...
First world war: was Gavrilo Princip a terrorist or a freedom fighter? | Sreko Horvat NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
It was not the 'shot heard around the world' that caused the 1914-18 war but imperialism anything else is revisionismAs the date approaches when all countries will mark 100 years since the "shot heard around the world", it gives rise to more discuss...
Maidan or anti-Maidan? The Ukraine situation requires more nuance | Volodymyr Ishchenko NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
We should support the progressive wings of both factions, not tie ourselves up with hypocritical justifications of one or the otherI have little doubt that Russian security services were in some way involved in the recent escalation of violence in se...
Pork is the latest front in Europe's culture wars | Gavan Titley NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
The far right is fixated on pork and is using it as an excuse to target yet another aspect of Muslim lifeFollowing its significant gains in last month's local elections, the French Front National leader, Marine Le Pen, swiftly announced that school c...
Ukraine: risks and compromises | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Russia, the US and the EU should be conscious of strong common interests, as well as divergent ones, when they meet this weekRussia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine are due to meet together this week for the first time since the fal...
What next for Ukraine? | Mary Dejevsky, Martin Woollacott, Keir Giles and Tim Cross NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 2 Days, 13 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Pro-Russian separatists are still in situ, and the interim president has hit out at Russian 'aggression'. Our panel discusses the country's immediate future Continue reading...
The Irish state visit was a piece of public theatre, but also a catharsis | Joseph O'Connor NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
The people of Ireland and England have long acknowledged their common culture. Now the politicians have caught upOn Monday night, an Irish friend long resident in London sent an email to me in Dublin. He'd noticed that Buckingham Palace had tweeted a...
News of a Russian arms buildup next to Ukraine is part of the propaganda war | Mary Dejevsky NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
To project strength, Nato requires a convincing enemy and a retreating Russia does not do the jobAny report about Ukraine these torrid days needs to come with a political health warning, even if that report originates from what might be called "our o...
Why US fracking companies are licking their lips over Ukraine | Naomi Klein NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
From climate change to Crimea, the natural gas industry is supreme at exploiting crisis for private gain what I call the shock doctrineThe way to beat Vladimir Putin is to flood the European market with fracked-in-the-USA natural gas, or so the indu...
Russia and the west are trading places on freedom of speech | Dmitry Kiselev NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
EU calls me 'Putin's chief propagandist', yet in Russia journalists are free to tackle difficult issues without fear of state sanction For an alternative view of media freedom in Russia, read thisEast and west appear to be trading places. In Russia w...