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July 6, 2015 20 Comments

Merkel’s dilemma: give in to Greece or stand firm against democracy

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, was pictured arriving at her office this morning looking as if she had been doing ouzo shots all night long.

If she got any sleep at all, it was probably troubled by the sound of cheering and jeering echoing through Syntagma Square in Athens. Make no mistake, the no vote has been a resounding “nein” to Germany’s chancellor, who has been calling the shots on the Greek crisis ever since it erupted four years ago.


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June 30, 2015 7 Comments

After Greece, can the EU remain the world’s most popular club?

Greece may only represent a fraction of Europe’s economy. But in everything else that can’t be easily measured by the IMF or ECB, it represents to much more.

June 19, 2015 3 Comments

Was the Charleston shooting an ‘act of terror’?

Gun violence is an epidemic in America. But every time there is a school, cinema or restaurant massacre, the sale of guns and ammo increases and the gun control debate gets drowned out.

May 8, 2015 6 Comments

Election 2015: restive UK holds on tight for unintended consequences

The fear factor worked. Go to bed with Nigel and you wake up in a love triangle with Ed and Nicola was a prospect that cowed voters into the foetal position of continuity.

January 27, 2015 7 Comments

Holocaust survivors – staring down history’s demons

Rudolf Hoess tried to perfect the extermination process at Auschwitz. Seventy years later, survivors returned – gloriously, irrepressibly alive.

January 19, 2015 2 Comments

Ukrainian troops battle for Donetsk airport

New fighting has flared up around the strategically important international airport in Donetsk. Ukrainian troops have launched a counter-offensive after the pro-Russian forces claimed to have taken

January 7, 2015 4 Comments

Merkel doesn’t like Miliband as much as Cameron – yet

Although she hails from the centre right, Angela Merkel’s political instincts are closer to Ed Miliband’s than to David Cameron’s.

December 16, 2014 5 Comments

Russia: a belligerent bear with its claws in Ukraine?

Vladimir Putin is still riding high in the polls as the president who has defied the interfering west and resurrected Russia’s glory. But for how much longer?

October 29, 2014 13 Comments

The ‘dark secret’ awaiting two Bulgarian immigrants

The boys consulted the village witch about the journey to Germany and they thumbed the car magazines that contained the object of their ardent desire: a second-hand BMW.

October 28, 2014 15 Comments

Is UK letting migrants drown as they cross the Med?

The British government is committing one – yes, one – solitary “debriefer” to the Europe-wide effort to alleviate the worst refugee crisis in Europe since WWII.

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