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July 21, 2014 2 Comments

MH17 disaster: Ukraine’s train of despair

Platform one at Torez Station in eastern Ukraine. There are five grey carriages normally reserved for cargo that sat parked in the baking sun. This is the grimmest train on earth. It contains the 250 or more bodies of the victims of Flight MH17 crash recovered so far.


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July 20, 2014 20 Comments

MH17 – the absence of bodies, valuables and diplomacy

Four days after the downing of flight MH17 this remains the biggest crime scene in the world, with the suspected criminals in charge of guarding it. That is one of the many astonishing facts about

July 19, 2014 14 Comments

At the MH17 crash site: the tragic collision of two worlds

A tragic accident was always going to happen under the inflamed circumstances in this neighbourhood. But who could have imagined an accident like this against this ill-fated airline on such a

July 14, 2014 2 Comments

Proud to be Kraut – but what to do with all those flags?

Now that the football is over, what to do with the millions of German flags, wing mirror decorations, rattles, bottle warmer or coolers?

July 9, 2014 7 Comments

Will Brazil descend into a kind of catatonic, post-traumatic stress?

Defeat by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals may trigger unintended but widely feared consequences in Brazil.

July 7, 2014 No Comments

Attack on teenager shines a light on the plight of France’s Roma

The horrific beating of a Roma teenager last month in a Paris suburb has shocked all of France. But so far no-one has been arrested or charged.

July 2, 2014 No Comments

Is Nicholas Sarkozy facing his Waterloo?

Known for his love of the high life, former President Sarkozy is facing criminal charges over allegations of trying to hush up corruption in a previous presidential campaign.

June 6, 2014 5 Comments

Donetsk – city of phantom states and sullen fatalism

This is a land that refuses to forget. Here in the centre of Donetsk you can still find a statue to Lenin in a square named after him. There is a bust of Karl Marx outside the local college.

June 2, 2014 7 Comments

In Spain the monarchy has to prove it’s worth the money

King Juan Carlos enjoyed high popularity ratings – until his daughter became embroiled in a corruption scandal and he was filmed on safari at the height of Spain’s economic

May 27, 2014 5 Comments

Apathy, not rage, is the EU’s biggest threat

Europe’s mainstream parties are beginning to reassert themselves, and urging caution over the dangers of the far right and far left. But complacency is the battered EU’s biggest

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