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May 8, 2015 6 Comments

Election 2015: restive UK holds on tight for unintended consequences

Angela Merkel likes David Cameron. She has given him and his family the exclusive potato breakfast fry up (pickled herrings optional) at her weekend retreat. Not for the faint hearted, that is an honour reserved for only a few.


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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.

October 1, 2014 8 Comments

How mild mannered protest in Hong Kong is rocking China

The Chinese press is branding the protesters extremists and agents of chaos and disruption – but I have rarely seen such a mild mannered mass protest.

September 30, 2014 3 Comments

Hong Kong’s protesters are digging in for the long haul

This is Maidan at 35 degrees and 98 percent humidity. There is the same sense of quiet determination and organisation. They are digging in for the long haul.

September 11, 2014 5 Comments

Scotland sets Madrid and Barcelona on path to confrontation

Events in Scotland have inspired pro-independence Catalans. But if Catalonia does become independent, it could effectively mean the end of Spain.

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