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  1. The World

    October 24, 2013

    Merkel's mobile habit

    Merkel's love for her mobile began early on (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images) Gaining access to the personal communications...

  2. November 9, 2012

    How to handle the media

    Usually, I am the journalist asking people stupid questions. But because I have a new book out in the US, the roles are...

  1. The World

    November 11, 2011

    Europe's great-and-good, at bay

    I’ve just spent a couple of days in Warsaw at the annual conference of the European Council on Foreign Relations – a...

  2. December 14, 2010

    Plea for end to Khodorkovsky ‘persecution’

    A group of western politicians has urged Dmitry Medvedev, Russian president, to “end the persecution” of Mikhail...

  3. November 15, 2010

    Centrists attack Sarkozy’s shift to right

    President Nicolas Sarkozy came under fire from centrist allies on Monday following a government reshuffle that saw a shift...

  4. Brussels Blog

    November 15, 2010

    Plus ca change

    “Plus ça change, plus c’est la meme chose,” the French adage goes. It might as well have been coined for the arrival of the...

  5. November 14, 2010

    Sarkozy reappoints Fillon in French reshuffle

    Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France, set his sights on further economic reform and continued fiscal discipline when on...

  6. September 17, 2010

    Roma issue sparks Franco-German row

    President Nicolas Sarkozy of France was facing another international incident after German chancellor Angela Merkel on...

  7. September 5, 2010

    Call to rein in EU envoys' budget

    Lady Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, has been urged by David Cameron to rein in the budget for the new...

  8. August 31, 2010

    Roma crackdown leaves Paris in disarray

    Nicolas Sarkozy’s summer crackdown on crime and Roma migrants has thrown the French president’s government into disarray as...

  9. June 22, 2010

    Sponsors rethink their game plan amid French shenanigans

    Move over BP, breathe a sigh of relief all you unloved bankers. The World Cup has just delivered up a whole new category of...

  10. June 21, 2010

    Sponsors rethink their game plan amid French shenanigans

    Moveover BP, breathe a sigh of relief all you unloved bankers. The World Cup has just delivered up a whole new category of...

  11. June 7, 2010

    UK and Italy soften calls for Israel inquiry

    William Hague, the British foreign secretary, and Franco Frattini, his Italian counterpart, have softened their demand for a...

  12. May 17, 2010

    France to deport killer of former Iranian PM

    The imminent release of a former Iranian intelligence officer from a French prison reignited allegations on Monday that...

  13. May 16, 2010

    Iran releases French researcher

    Iran released a French researcher charged with espionage against the Islamic regime on Sunday ending a 10-month stand-off...

  14. March 6, 2010

    Lack of resources hampering role, says Ashton

    Lady Ashton, the European Union's embattled foreign policy chief, yesterday cited the meagre resources given to her,...

  15. March 5, 2010

    Ashton tries to rebut criticism

    Lady Ashton, the European Union’s embattled foreign policy chief, on Friday cited the meagre resources given to her,...

  16. December 9, 2009

    Micro-tax call to support poor nations

    France is pressing for a modified Tobin tax - a micro-payment on financial transactions - to be included in any agreement at...

  17. December 9, 2009

    Micro-tax call

    France is pressing for a modified Tobin tax - a micro-payment on financial transactions - to be included in any deal at the...

  18. December 8, 2009

    Micro-tax call to support poor nations

    France is pressing for a modified Tobin tax – a micro-payment on financial transactions – to be included in any agreement at...

  19. December 2, 2009

    US presses allies harder on troops in Afghanistan

    The US yesterday stepped up its call for other countries to contribute to its military surge in Afghanistan, even as Nicolas...

  20. December 2, 2009

    US presses allies on troops in Afghanistan

    The US yesterday stepped up its call for other countries to contribute to its military surge in Afghanistan, even as Nicolas...

  21. December 1, 2009

    US presses allies on troops for Afghanistan

    The US on Tuesday stepped up its call for other countries to contribute to its military surge in Afghanistan, even as...

  22. December 1, 2009

    Swiss seek to ease tension after minaret vote

    Switzerland said on Monday it was working to ease tensions with Muslim countries as religious leaders across the world...

  23. December 1, 2009

    Swiss seek to ease tension after minaret vote

    Switzerland said yesterday it was working to ease tensions with Muslim countries as religious leaders across the world...

  24. November 5, 2009

    Tory leader takes on party's sceptics over Europe

    David Cameron, Britain's Conservative leader, confronted hardline eurosceptics in his party yesterday when he said that he...

  25. November 5, 2009

    France calls on Germany to increase role

    The French government yesterday urged Germany to bear more of the military burden in Afghanistan, saying it was essential...

  26. November 5, 2009

    Brussels sighs in relief at conflict averted

    When diplomats in Brussels are asked what Britain has brought to the European Union - besides Euroscepticism and mad cow...

  27. November 4, 2009

    Brussels relief at conflict averted

    When diplomats in Brussels are asked what Britain has brought to the European Union – besides Euroscepticism and mad cow...

  28. November 4, 2009

    France calls on Germans to boost Afghan role

    The French government urged Germany on Wednesday to bear more of the military burden in Afghanistan, saying it was essential...

  29. October 29, 2009

    Nato report on Afghan strike boosts Germany

    Germany’s most senior general on Thursday said he believed a Nato report into the bombing of two hijacked fuel tankers in...

  30. October 28, 2009

    Race to be European president heats up

    The race to become the first president of the European Union intensified yesterday, when Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg's...

  31. October 27, 2009

    Race to be EU president heats up

    The race to become the first president of the European Union intensified on Tuesday, when Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg’s...

  32. October 12, 2009

    Turkey-Armenia accords aim to dispel hostility

    Turkey and Armenia signed accords aimed at ending a century of hostility at the weekend, but only after a nail-biting delay...

  33. October 12, 2009

    Regime in talks with China over resources

    The military-backed government of Guinea, one of the poorest states in west Africa, is negotiating with a Chinese...

  34. October 12, 2009

    Turkey-Armenia accords aim to dispel hostility

    Turkey and Armenia signed accords aimed at ending a century of hostility at the weekend, but only after a nail-biting delay...

  35. October 11, 2009

    China in push for resources in Guinea

    The military-backed government of Guinea, one of the poorest states in West Africa, is negotiating with a Chinese fund to...

  36. October 10, 2009

    Armenia and Turkey sign peace deal

    Turkey and Armenia signed accords aimed at ending a century of hostility on Saturday, but only after a nail-biting delay...

  37. October 2, 2009

    Polanski and the maiden

    The film director Roman Polanski arrived at a festival in Zurich last weekend to get recognition for his life’s work. In a...

  38. October 1, 2009

    Politicians in Poland and France face backlash over support for Polanski

    Politicians in France and Poland are facing a public backlash over their support for the self-confessed child abuser Roman...

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