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Im fighting to save night trains the ticket to my daughters future | Katie Mitchell NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Day, 13 Hours, 55 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 Days, 16 Hours 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) 3 Days, 1 Hour, 55 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) 4 Days, 13 Hours, 10 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) 4 Days, 19 Hours, 44 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) 4 Days, 21 Hours, 43 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) 1 Week, 13 Hours, 13 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) 1 Week, 18 Hours, 42 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) 1 Week, 22 Hours, 55 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) 1 Week, 1 Day, 56 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) 1 Week, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 45 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...
The Guardian view on the Swedish elections | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Most middle-class Swedes are prospering but guilt about those Swedes who are not could play a part in their general electionSwedens image as a society both wisely neutral in international affairs and justly organised in its domestic life exercised a...
Czechs and Slovaks were better together | Pavel Seifter NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Since Czechoslovakia split in 1993, there have been too many lost years. Scots should not make the same mistakes we madeAs the referendum on Scottish independence nears, I recall the feeling of deep depression that came over me 21 years ago at the ti...
The Guardian view on the depressed eurozone | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Mario Draghi has rescued the eurozone with words before. But with deflation in prospect hell need more than that this timeTwo years ago Mario Draghi saved a continent with three words, whatever it takes. The European Central Bank (ECB) president thus...
You know it's a bad day when Ukraine and Isis come as a bit of light relief NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Is the prime minister contemplating the prospect of Nato's spearhead force taking out a newly independent Scotland?When coming to the House of Commons to make a statement about a Nato summit aimed at preventing a third world war starting in Ukraine a...
I saw the devastation of war 70 years ago. It was not glorious | Bob Holman NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
I survived the second world war V2 strikes on London that began on 8 September 1944, but thousands didnt. Let us remember them allThe commemoration of the start of the first world war 100 years ago is in full swing. But it should not be overlooked th...
Deflation would be the stuff of nightmares for European economies| Paul Mason NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
The world has been haunted by the fear of deflation since the 30s. Now it is a very real prospect for the eurozoneJust as a bad cold leads to pneumonia, so over-indebtedness leads to deflation, wrote the US economist Irving Fisher in 1933. The theory...
This ceasefire is Ukraines best hope | Mary Dejevsky NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
The agreement may seem fragile now but its terms for peace make sense for Putin as well as PoroshenkoOn Friday, in the incongruous setting of a Welsh golf resort, President Petro Poroshenko stole the headlines from a tub-thumping Nato by announcing t...
I know too well the dilemmas facing Ashya King's parents | Camilla Bustani NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
My son had the same kind of cancer as Ashya King and we faced similar medical quandaries, but I bless the NHSIn 2010, my son was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, the same childhood brain tumour for which Ashya King's parents are now seeking proton b...
Hollande is harmed by Trierweiler's book. But not for tales of his infidelity | Lucy Wadham NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Valérie Trierweiler's account of her life with the French president contains a tiny but potentially lethal revelation about his political credoOne can sometimes believe that most aspects of political life are uniform across western societies,...