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The polices response to the Ashya King case is deeply troubling | John Cooper NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Day, 1 Hour, 10 Minutes ago
Why did the police in effect act as enforcers for the state, against citizens who did nothing illegal in taking their child out of hospital?Suzanne Moore: Ashya Kings parents have been criminalised for caringWhen news broke that five-year-old Ashya K...
The Guardian view on Europes next five years: a long road ahead | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Day, 17 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
The new European commission faces unprecedented challenge, not just from Russia but from withinIt would not be true to say that the European Union has never faced a crisis as serious as the one it faces over the next five years. For a union that, in...
We need to tell the truth about what Russia is doing in Ukraine | Wesley Clark NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Day, 18 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Nato must face up to the realities of Putins war of aggression in eastern Europe and take material steps to support UkraineAs the Ukraine crisis has intensified over the past six months, Russia has been developing a new form of warfare inserting sp...
France is in turmoil as advocates of austerity and investment fight it out | Will Hutton NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Days, 16 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
The French president must overcome his party's crisis and press his new government to tackle economic stagnationIt was about as dramatic as a political moment gets. Last Monday, the French prime minister, Manuel Valls, tendered the resignation of his...
Why Italys stagnation could be the future for the entire eurozone | Riccardo Bellofiore NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 3 Days, 1 Hour, 41 Minutes ago
Monetary reform alone cant kickstart the European economy. It needs something more radicalThis summer Italy fell into a triple-dip recession. After the 2008/09 collapse, the economy stagnated, heading back into recession during 2011 and never really...
The Guardian view on new Russian incursions into Ukraine | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 3 Days, 17 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Lies and deception have characterised Russias intervention in Ukraine but the new incursions are less deniableListening to Vladimir Putin, at a press conference earlier this year, solemnly deny that Russian troops had occupied parts of Crimea, the no...
In Scotland or Catalonia, the pitch is for difference without much difference | Peter Preston NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 3 Days, 21 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Keep the pound, keep the BBC, EU directives as usual: the idea is for bracing, defining change you wont greatly noticeI was driving to a conference in Granada almost two decades ago, sitting by the side of the king of Spain, when there was a sudden b...
No one knows what Putins up to, but sanctions are the wests biggest mistake | Angus Roxburgh NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 4 Days, 41 Minutes ago
The outcome of the coming weeks deliberations is predictable, but the result could be the partition of UkraineEuropean Union leaders meet in Brussels on Saturday, and Nato heads of government in Wales next week, to formulate fresh responses to the da...
The resignation of Berlins mayor shakes my faith in unsinkable Germany | Agata Pyzik NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 4 Days, 1 Hour, 41 Minutes ago
Eastern Europe has often looked to the west for glamour, culture and sex, but Klaus Wowereits departure seems to foretell a wider malaiseIn 2013 Berlin had a record 25 million overnight tourists, putting it close to all-time favourite Paris. The Germ...
Douglas Carswells defection leaves Camerons strategy in tatters | Anne Perkins NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 4 Days, 6 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
After Carswells jump, Tories who want Britain out of Europe may start viewing Ukip as the better betDouglas Carswell is not an ordinary politician. He grew up in Africa, where his parents were doctors. He did not go to Oxford or Cambridge. He is a bo...
François Hollande can still help to lead Europe away from austerity | Martin Kettle NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Days, 6 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Despite his purge of the left and abject approval rating, the French PM is in the right place to challenge German orthodoxyEuropes old left has got itself a new hero. Arnaud Montebourg, who was sacked by François Hollande as Frances economy an...
The UKs exit from the EU is in the hands of Scottish voters | Peter Sutherland NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Days, 12 Hours, 38 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) 6 Days, 6 Hours, 41 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) 6 Days, 17 Hours, 15 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) 1 Week, 17 Hours, 1 Minute 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) 1 Week, 18 Hours, 52 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) 1 Week, 19 Hours, 58 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) 1 Week, 2 Days, 18 Hours, 12 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) 1 Week, 3 Days, 23 Hours 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, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 3 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...