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Right to be forgotten? Most of us are still trying to be remembered | Dale Lately NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
While some seek to erase their online record the rest of us languish on the long tail heard, seen and read by almost nobodyThe famous dream of being wiped from the web. Take former Formula One head Max Mosley, who has launched legal action against G...
The energy-efficient way to punish Putin and protect the planet | Chris Huhne NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Days, 22 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
For once Europes greens and securocrats can join forces by reducing the EUs dependence on imports of Russian gasEurope has a Russia problem, as Herman van Rompuy, the president of the European council, recognised on Friday by sending out the latest...
Derry: Drumahoe's flags ripple from every lamp post | Susan McKay NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 3 Days, 18 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
A Protestant friend says the loyalist flags will dwindle away in time. A Catholic friend says Drumahoe is still sectarianMy mother's house is in Drumahoe, near Derry, in Northern Ireland. I stay with her when I'm working up here. There is no point in...
Yes, Britain can afford to defy Tsar Vladimir Putin | Nick Cohen NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 3 Days, 18 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
At last there may be justice for Alexander Litvinenko, but it has taken a downed passenger jet to make us see that Russia does not own BritainThe British secret state has finally done the right thing by ordering a public inquiry into the poisoning of...
An Iron Curtain cycle trail may peddle the delusion that borders dont exist | Agata Pyzik NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 4 Days, 10 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
The Berlin Wall may be gone, but making a sightseeing tour of the cold war must act as a reminder that todays Europe is not unitedBorders, spies, the Berlin Wall, terrifying security guards always on watch, barbed wire, an air of fear and suspicion:...
To mock President Putins pride and test his paranoia is folly | Simon Jenkins NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Days, 12 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
The downing of flight MH17 was clearly an accident. This tragedy should not be used as an excuse to punish Russia.Why does foreign policy default to stupid? From the moment that we heard of the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine it was clearly...
MH17: victims relatives can help one another in their bereavement | Jim Swire NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 6 Days, 3 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
As I learned from losing my daughter in Lockerbie, a support group formed of victims relatives can be a help in a crisisThe horror of mass, brutal murder visited on those you love will leave 298 groups of individuals connected to the victims of MH17...
The Germans resist a heroic view of war if only we could | Martin Kettle NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 6 Days, 11 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
In Berlin the first world war centenary carries a warning about nationalism and conflict. Britain prefers to ignore the awkward issuesWe need to keep a watch on the way the first world war is being commemorated, wrote Santanu Das in the Guardian this...
Europe must learn to deal with Moscow without US backing | Mary Dejevsky NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 6 Days, 22 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
In the new multipolar world, with the US sometimes on the sidelines, EU unity is essential for its approach to RussiaAfter a harrowing delay, the first bodies from MH17 arrived back at their point of departure on Wednesday. The sendoff from Ukraines...
The Guardian view on sanctions against Russia | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 6 Days, 22 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
After the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner, sanctions should be shaped to give President Putin a chance to change his policiesAnger and grief have shaped the reaction to the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, and a desire to...
MH17: dont judge Dutch peoples grief after this unspeakable crime | Laura Klompenhouwer NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 2 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Dutch people have been through the mill after 193 of our compatriots were shot down. Silence seems the right responseWednesday. Six days after the unimaginable happened. A plane shot from the sky. Two hundred and ninety-eight innocent people dead in...
Britain will never be a champion of democracy while it sells arms to tyrants | Owen Jones NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 6 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
A glance at the countries the UK's heavily subsidised weapon industry sells to Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt should rid you of any illusions about our foreign policy Kaye Stearman: This year's DSEI arms fair needs to be the lastAtten...
MH17: five of the most bizarre conspiracy theories | Padraig Reidy NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 29 Minutes ago
From Zionist plots to the Illuminati, some wildly imaginative alternatives are being promoted by the likes of Russian TVThere are several versions of the phrase: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. While the sen...
Let Putin save face | Angus Roxburgh NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 2 Days, 11 Minutes ago
The Russian leader hates being lectured. A change of tack could persuade him to disown Ukraines rebelsReading Vladimir Putins mind is notoriously difficult. But watching his latest video address, devoted to the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines cata...
Beware the Europhobe in sceptics clothing | Alex Andreou NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
The polarised EU debate must make room for a healthy Euroscepticism in the centre, which desires reform, not retreatLast week, Mark Harper celebrated his re-promotion into government as minister of state at the Department of Work and Pensions, in a r...
Punishing Russia for the MH17 tragedy will not help Ukraine | Oliver Bullough NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Anger at Russias actions is hardening. Yet our leaders should recognise that the west had its own role in Ukraines collapseUntil Thursday, the world was ready to let Ukraine fail: hollowed out by corruption, dismembered by Russia, given up on by west...
Ukraine: it's time brutish Putin was held to account | Observer editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Russia under Putin has become a threat regional and global and its behaviour should be challengedThe evidence is mounting. It suggests that pro-Russian separatists, using a sophisticated Buk missile, shot down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on Thur...
Ukraine and the aftermath of the downing of flight MH17 | Dmitri Trenin NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
A ceasefire is only the first step in a process to reverse the trend towards mutual destruction in the regionPresident Barack Obama, in his televised address on Friday, called for a careful investigation into the downing of the Malaysia Airlines MH17...
MH17 and its aftermath: 'ordinary Russians are horrified and frightened'| Natalia Antonova NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
In Moscow, conspiracy theories abound, along with disdain for the separatists and some support for Putin'So will the Americans attack us now?" At my dentist's surgery in Moscow I am used to being the one nervously asking questions. Yet on the day aft...
Russian media is covering up Putin's complicity in the MH17 tragedy | Masha Alekhina NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
In Russia, errors like shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jet could not have happened, so they simply won't have happenedOn Thursday in eastern Ukraine where Russian-supported separatists have declared an autonomous state a plane with civilians on b...