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A brain-dead Irish woman’s body is being used as an incubator. Be angry | Emer O’Toole NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Day, 23 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Ireland’s politicians tell us not to be emotional about the abortion debate but these are women’s lives and it’s right to be upsetIn Ireland, a woman who is clinically dead but 17 weeks pregnant is being kept alive against her famil...
Why we painted over Berlin’s most famous graffiti | Lutz Henke NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Day, 23 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Berlin’s gentrification and zombification is in full swing. We would rather destroy our street art than let it contribute to that processThe sound of a megaphone shrills through the cold Berlin night air. Some passersby yell at us in anger. Oth...
JK Rowling: Isn’t it time we left orphanages to fairytales? NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 3 Days, 20 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Millions of children are locked away in institutions. Forget pretty murals, just close these places downIt was a black-and-white photograph in a newspaper. It showed a small boy, locked in a caged bed in a residential institution. His hands clutched...
The Guardian view on Russia’s economic turmoil: a good time to talk to Vladimir Putin | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 3 Days, 21 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
With the fall of the rouble, the Russian president is cornered. Creative western diplomacy must prevent him from pulling his country further into nationalism and military adventuresFinancial crises of the kind now hitting Russia are not new, but they...
Wrecking Russia’s economy could be a disaster for the west | Angus Roxburgh NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 4 Days, 20 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
It’s sheer folly to hope that the country is destabilised and Vladimir Putin overthrown. We’ve no idea what the outcome would beLike a rudderless ship running out of fuel and buffeted in an icy storm, the Russian economy looks as if it is...
Germany’s ‘pinstripe Nazis’ show the immigration debate is overheated | Simon Jenkins NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 5 Days, 5 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Hyping every crime involving a Muslim as a security threat is unhelpful – government and the media must behave responsiblyRightwing parties are on the rise across Europe. Should we worry? Such movements have come and mostly gone for decades. Th...
These days, money buys you a better class of citizenship | Zoe Williams NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 6 Days, 23 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Natalie Engel is too poor to be allowed to keep her family together in the UK. It’s an assault on the very idea of BritishnessIn July 2012 rules were introduced for people who wanted to sponsor a non-European Union spouse. It didn’t affec...
New EU allergy rules could mean life or death for sufferers this Christmas | Hazel Gowland NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Regulations requiring food outlets to list allergenic ingredients may not be perfect, but it’s a start for those of us at riskAs one of very few children living with a nut and peanut allergy in the 60s, I can remember all too clearly the tellta...
The Guardian view on the freedom of the internet: it’s under attack around the world | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
The net is a powerful weapon, and governments don’t want it in the hands of their criticsThe internet is not a culture in itself. It has no values and works indifferently either for or against freedom and democracy. But however it is employed,...
Islamophobia is racism, pure and simple | Yassin Musharbash NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
The Dresden protests are illegitimate, and German politicians are complicit in fuelling false fears of ‘Islamisation’Islamophobia is on the rise in Germany. That is troubling enough. But what’s even more concerning is that many of t...
Too big and too scary, but the global fat cats can be chopped down to size | Nesrine Malik NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
We need to break up multinationals and leave tax dodgers nowhere to hideFirst the bad news. Corporate power, in the shape of multinational corporations, has far outstripped the physical and legal capabilities of the national sovereign government. Of...
CIA torture report: Europe must come clean about its own complicity | Natalie Nougayrède NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
The CIA’s activities would not have been possible without the help of Britain and 20 other European nationsAs the world awaited the US Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation programme under the George W Bush administration...
Know your history? From Victorians to housewives, five myths exposed | Julia Laite NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 5 Days, 1 Hour, 25 Minutes ago
Now that the violent image of the Vikings has been debunked, it’s time to look at a few other popular history misconceptionsThe idea that the Vikings were violent rapists and pillagers has been further debunked by scientists looking at the DNA...
We should beware Russia’s links with Europe’s right | Luke Harding NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Moscow is handing cash to the Front National and others in order to exploit popular dissent against the European UnionIt sounds like a chapter from a cheesy spy novel: former KGB agent, chucked out of Britain in the 80s, lends a large sum of money to...
Why the world is like a real-life game of global domination NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Five mighty empires across the globe are gearing up for an economic wargame where there could be no winnersPutin gives a speech and the rouble falls. Europe’s central bank boss gives a speech and the stock markets fall. Opec meets in Vienna and...
Let the next generation speak up for Europe | Timothy Garton Ash NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 1 Week, 6 Days, 22 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
The remote elites of Planet Brussels have had their day. Those who have grown up taking European freedoms for granted must now be heard“I was mad at you,” says Mario, an Italian student. He was angry about a column I wrote just after the...
The British Museum is wrong to loan the Parthenon marbles to Russia | Hugh Muir NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
The UK has chosen sanctions as a weapon against Russia, so why are we now inviting cultural exchanges?Time passes and memories fade, but does anyone remember Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the one shot down by Russian-backed separatists over Ukraine...
The Guardian view on Russia: rouble trouble | Editorial NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 20 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
After Vladimir Putin’s foreign adventures, it is time to reckon with harsh economic realities on the home frontAs Vladimir Putin pursues a high-stakes expansionist foreign policy, problems are piling up on the home front. The rouble appears to...
Can Swedish politicians avert a meltdown on immigration? | Andrew Brown NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Sweden’s historical openness to immigrants is under threat and its fragile coalition set to break up after nationalists fail to agree budgetSweden’s generous treatment of refugees marks the country out from almost everywhere else in the w...
Street harassment is an epidemic. We shouldn’t stand by and let it happen | Emily May and Djani Roy NEW
Comment is free (Europe) 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Tuğçe Albayrak died after intervening in an attack in Offenbach – but the responsibility for ending such violence lies with communities, not individualsTwo high-profile stories of women fighting back in the face of sexual harassment...