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April 9, 2014 3 Comments

Facing the harsh economic truth: Spain’s brain drain

We may be seeing the green shoots of recovery come into full bloom – but parts of Europe still languish.

Spain in particular still has a long road to recovery.

Empty housing estates and ghost airports that have come to epitomise modern Spain. Youth unemployment is still over 50 percent – with many fearing for a lost generation and brain drain – with the young abandoning traditional jobs for work overseas.

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March 4, 2014 13 Comments

Looking for answers in the fog of Ukraine’s crisis

A thick fog has descended on Kiev and its politics, as Ukraine waits to see what Vladimir Putin will do next.

February 24, 2014 4 Comments

Flowers for the martyrs: Ukraine’s Independence Square transformed

The centre of Kiev has been turned into a shrine for the martyrs of the revolution, and Maidan looks and smells like a flower show on the barricades.

February 22, 2014 12 Comments

Plump pigs and a private zoo: a very revolutionary day out

President Yanukovych flees Kiev allowing protesters to take over and leaving his presidential compound – complete with private zoo – open to the people.

February 21, 2014 6 Comments

Is this the day Ukraine’s crisis ends?

A compromise has been reached between Ukraine’s government, opposition leaders and EU politicians – but that is a far cry from a deal being accepted by the protesters in Kiev’s

February 7, 2014 14 Comments

Why Putin could not care less about bad publicity over Sochi

The Sochi Games are a vanity project for the country’s leader – and Vladimir Putin, convinced this is Russia’s return to the world stage, is unconcerned by the outrage over his

January 23, 2014 9 Comments

Message to EU doubters: come to Kiev and get inspired

The EU flag may hang listlessly outside buildings in Europe. But anti-government protesters in Ukraine carry it to the frontline like a medieval standard.

January 22, 2014 3 Comments

Kiev, January 2014: black smoke in the sky, blood stains in the snow

The air is filled with the cacophony of revolution. Stun grenades, the ping of rubber bullets and the relentless drumming of any piece of metal that makes a noise.

January 21, 2014 1 Comment

Kiev’s ‘medieval’ protest turns ugly

The crisis in Kiev has turned uglier. The revolution has bedded in for the long winter. It will test Europe’s resolve and diplomatic touch – but will Brussels be up to the

January 15, 2014 4 Comments

‘Who are you to lecture us?’ How France and Germany view Britain

Eyebrows have been raised. France was heard muttering an obscenity. That is essentially how George Osborne’s “reform or perish” speech on Europe will be received in Paris or

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