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TTIP: a week of victories

By John Hilary

The Executive Director of War on Want explains how pressure from those concerned that the EU-US trade deal would hand over too much power to foreign corporations has been working on both sides of the Atlantic.


Saudi Arabia’s game of thrones

By Carool Kersten

In the round of 'royal musical chairs' that played out two months ago, the Sudairi branch of the royal family consolidated its grip on power at the expense of those ...

The cost of central bank dependence

By Charles Wyplosz

Professor Charles Wyplosz on this weekend’s dramatic events which saw the ECB capping emergency assistance to Greece. The ECB’s decision is the last of a long string of ECB mistakes ...

Left-wing Europe: take on the challenge

By José "Pepe" Mujica

The former President of Uruguay talking politics in the prologue of the book José "Pepe" Mujica. "La felicità al potere", by Cristina Guarnieri and Massimo Sgroi.

The idea of Europe in its coffee houses

By George Steiner

Those wishing to meet Freud or Musil, knew precisely in which café to look... When the lights go out in Europe, in August 1914, Jaurès is assassinated in a café. ...

Arts & Culture

Review: Gazdanov’s ‘The Spectre of Alexander Wolf’

By Lev Myshkin

Pushkin Press has published a priceless gem by the Russian emigré writer Gaito Gazdanov whose own life was about as exciting as this high octane novella. Highly recommended.

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art



Travel Writing

The White Temple of Chiang Rai

The artist Chalermchai Kositpipat has dedicated himself to creating an offering to Lord Buddha, in the Thai City of Chiang ...

Travel Writing

​Verdun, France and Europe

'During the time that the battle of Verdun raged, the dead from both sides equalled almost the entire losses ...

Political Tours

Political Tours