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Nato's action plan in Ukraine is right out of Dr Strangelove | John Pilger NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 12 Hours, 3 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) 21 Hours, 45 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 Day, 12 Hours, 35 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 Day, 15 Hours, 15 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) 2 Days, 15 Hours, 7 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) 2 Days, 18 Hours, 27 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) 2 Days, 20 Hours, 15 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) 3 Days, 5 Hours, 57 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) 3 Days, 12 Hours, 5 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) 6 Days, 9 Hours, 32 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) 6 Days, 16 Hours, 34 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, 9 Hours, 33 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, 14 Hours, 8 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...
Triumph of the will: Putin's war against Russia's last independent TV channel | Tikhon Dzyadko NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 14 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Away from Ukraine, Kremlin is fighting a campaign that is part of rehashed agenda that sees media as propaganda automatons For an alternative view of press freedom in Russia, read thisVladimir Putin won the war in Crimea without a bullet being fired.
Hungary's election offers some disturbing lessons for Europe | Jan-Werner Mueller NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Re-elected prime minister Viktor Orbán seems to be aping the Putin leadership model and fuelling nationalismThere were no huge surprises about Hungary's vote last Sunday. Prime minister Viktor Orbán coasted to re-election, despite havin...
Ukraine: dangerous games | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
If Russia intervenes again in Ukraine, and war is avoided, the world will still become a shrunken, soured placeIt would be hard to overestimate the damage that would be done were Russian forces to intervene again in Ukraine. That country's hopes of a...
The Catholic church must apologise for its role in Rwanda's genocide | Chris McGreal NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 2 Days, 18 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
The Vatican's reluctance to confront those accused of murder in its midst is rooted in its refusal to face up to the church's complicity in the events of 1994There is a Roman Catholic priest at a medieval church an hour's drive from Paris who has bee...
Pro-Europeans who shrug off Nigel Farage do so at their peril | Andrew Rawnsley NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Making excuses for the Ukip leader's victory over Nick Clegg won't do. They should work on their argumentsOne thing pro-Europeans in Britain have always excelled at: they are brilliant at making excuses. They can always come up with a clutch of expla...
Voters will go on raging at elites while their interests are ignored | Will Hutton NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Nigel Farage has been been peddling anti-Europeanism for years. But now he has tapped a wider moodAn ex-stockbroker with a penchant for wearing fur-collared coats is hardly the most obvious leader of a people's army against the establishment. But Nig...
Lessons for Miliband from France's lurch to the right | Nabila Ramdani NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Will France's new prime minister, Manuel Valls, prove more adept than his namesake from Fawlty Towers?It is not just the British who will see humour in a Manuel from Barcelona trying to revive France's failing socialist government. Fawlty Towers rema...