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The UKs exit from the EU is in the hands of Scottish voters | Peter Sutherland NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 8 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
If Scotland opts for independence, the UKs divorce from Europe would swiftly followThe referendum on Scottish independence, due on 18 September, comes at a time of growing opposition in the UK to remaining in the EU. This is significant because Scotl...
Look to France for a vision of life under Ed Miliband | Ian Birrell NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Day, 2 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
The chaos in François Hollandes government should be a warning to a leader trapped by the legacy of Labours pastHistory never tires of repeating itself. More than three decades ago Socialists won power in France with promises to revive the eco...
The Guardian view on the meeting between Presidents Putin and Poroshenko | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Day, 12 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
The meeting of the Ukrainian and Russian presidents in Minsk offers an opportunity to move away from fighting to talking: will it be taken?The newspaper picture shows a young woman lying dead, her mother weeping beside her. A few feet from the pair,...
The Guardian view on Scotlands debate | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Days, 12 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Nation states are all in the same battle to protect social institutions like the NHS. Scotland and the UK face the same issues as are facing FranceTrailing in the Scottish polls as Septembers independence referendum nears, Alex Salmond has to change...
Putin is key to avoiding a new cold war | David Owen NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Days, 14 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
The presidential summit in Minsk offers hope of a deal over Ukraine. But the Russian leader will not accept humiliationIf the presidents of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine meet as planned in Minsk tomorrow, it will inevitably recall the time leaders of t...
An austerity revolt has broken the French government. Will the EU follow? | John Palmer NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Days, 15 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
While the chaos in France will be swiftly resolved, time is running out to save the eurozone and EU from their economic fault linesIf there were any lingering doubts about the seriousness of the crisis hanging over the future of the euro and potenti...
Foreign fighters tell us a different story from the trenches | David Olusoga NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 4 Days, 13 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
We should recognise the role of non-European troops in the First World WarLast week, ceremonies were held in Tanzania and Kenya to mark the anniversary of the moment in 1914 when German forces marched into British Kenya, the only German invasion of B...
Whats the strangest thing youve lost? | Open thread NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Days, 18 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Maybe you forgot your grandmothers ashes on a train or found something bizarre left by someone else. Let us knowCompared to losing your keys, mislaying a granite cast of Lenins head that is over 1.7 metres in height may make you feel better about yo...
Europe must do its bit to stop the trade in conflict minerals | Ed Zwick NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
We have to let our leaders know we do understand the link between products we buy and the suffering of othersAlmost a decade ago, my film Blood Diamond told the story of the illicit diamond trade and its funding of the bloody civil war in Sierra Leon...
Black Pete is just a bit of fun for the Netherlands, right? Wrong | Samira bin Sharifu NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
I grew up with negative Dutch stereotypes of black people. Amsterdam is right to phase out blacked-up Christmas charactersAs all the children gathered, I remember the feeling of anticipation in the school hall. It was November and I had recently star...
MH17: Australia's rhetorical offensive was cathartic, but self-defeating | Raoul Heinrichs NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Australias response to the MH17 tragedy lost sight of the real situation: that virtually every aspect of the crisis is contingent on factors out of our controlThe Abbott government has received considerable praise for its diplomatic response to the t...
A pregnant, suicidal rape victim fought Ireland's new abortion law. The law won | Jessica Valenti NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Anti-abortion activists claim that legal restrictions are in the best interests of women, but they never areThere is one thing that suicidal rape victims need: immediate assistance. But for one young woman in Ireland who was pregnant and seeking an a...
Two years on, Julian Assange is still a prisoner of process | Ricardo Patiño NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
We in Ecuador stand by our decision to grant Assange political asylum, but this stalemate is not a solutionEcuador is committed to protecting persons subject to political persecution. Two years ago, after a profound investigation and review of our le...
Europes lack of growth could lead to Japanese-style stagnation | Adam Tooze NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
The punishing austerity Germany demanded for rescuing the eurozone is creating a vicious cycle in which no one winsAngela Merkels summer could hardly have started better: the world cup win; the eurozone crisis contained; Germanys federal budget headi...
The Guardian view on Irelands new abortion law: no choice at all | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Irelands abortion act promised access to abortion at least in a few cases. In practice, it seems to have made no difference at allA vulnerable young woman in Ireland has been forced to give birth by caesarean section, even though she was so desperate...
The Guardian view on Russias Ukrainian aid convoy: mission indecipherable | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 12 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
There can be no doubt that those who have ordered the convoy south have more than succour in mindRarely in history can the outcome of a mission of mercy have been awaited with such trepidation. The Russian trucks heading for the Ukrainian border are...
Italys malaise goes to its very heart | Paola Buonadonna NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Many of my compatriots blame Italys recession on Europe, but the problems complacency, corruption, sexism go far deeperItaly, it was revealed in recent days, is sliding back into recession. According to the latest GDP figures released by the countr...
Anti-Jewish hatred is rising we must see it for what it is | Owen Jones NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Confronting and defeating all forms of antisemitism involves being able to defend its meaning from abuse Hadley Freeman: Dont tell me what I should think about IsraelAntisemitism is a menace. Hatred of the Jewish people has persisted in European soci...
The Guardian view on Europe in space | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
From the Rosetta space probe to the Gaia telescope, European institutions are working together to push back the frontiers of knowledgeLast Wednesday morning, the Rosetta spaceprobe began the final, crucial phase of an audacious mission that had alrea...
Unthinkable? Judicial indulgences | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Bernie Ecclestone paid £60m to the German treasury to get out of a court case. Maybe the UK could benefit tooThat a Munich court should have decreed that the Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone could buy off prosecution for an alleged offence...