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  1. Brussels Blog

    April 30, 2013

    Dalli and the bribery scandal that won't go away

    Former EU health commissioner John Dalli addresses reporters after his October resignation It may not be as sexy as then-EU...

  2. December 19, 2012

    EU plans to increase cigarette warnings

    Tobacco companies would be required to print much bigger warning labels on cigarette packets, and would not be allowed to...

  1. October 24, 2012

    Dalli to sue over bribery scandal

    The EU’s former health commissioner has vowed to sue the European Commission in connection with his resignation over an...

  2. October 17, 2012

    Dalli denies wrongdoing over EU tobacco

    John Dalli, the former EU health commissioner brought down in a tobacco bribery scandal, has professed his innocence and...

  3. October 16, 2012

    EU health commissioner quits

    The EU health commissioner has resigned over a bribery scandal involving tobacco, presenting an unwanted distraction to the...

  4. September 27, 2012

    EU to step up scrutiny on medical devices

    Medical products from plasters to pacemakers across the EU will be subject to tougher scrutiny before their launch and...

  5. August 31, 2012

    Mark Knopfler: Privateering

    Mark Knopfler’s double album Privateering opens with a masterful portrait of a man seeking shelter from pursuers beneath a...

  6. June 18, 2012

    Drug groups warn over new EU law

    European patients face the prospect of medicine shortages if legislation designed to ensure the high quality of ingredients...

  7. February 2, 2012

    Breast implant fears spark Brussels crackdown

    The European Commission said on Thursday it would toughen the regulation of medical devices as a result of concerns raised...

  8. Brussels Blog

    February 2, 2012

    Who's the highest-profile European Commissioner?

    Finn Olli Rehn, last week in Davos, has been seen on Finnish media by 45% of his fellow countrymen. In Brussels, being a...

  9. January 16, 2012

    Tom Russell, Cecil Sharp House, London

    The US-Mexican border is an 800-mile musical frontier unlike any other, a land of cowboy troubadours, mariachi bands, desert...

  10. January 14, 2012

    Small talk: Louisa Young

    Louisa Young’s first book, A Great Task of Happiness, was a biography of her grandmother, a sculptor and the widow of...

  11. November 12, 2011

    Etta James: The Dreamer

    The “greatest of all modern blues singers”, in the words of Atlantic Records founder Jerry Wexler, has had a turbulent life...

  12. July 5, 2011

    E. coli outbreak linked to Egyptian seeds

    The European Union has banned the import of various Egyptian seeds after determining that a particular variety was the most...

  13. June 7, 2011

    Berlin criticised for E. coli failure

    The German government has come under increasing pressure to explain why one of the world’s most advanced economies has...

  14. June 2, 2011

    Russia bans EU vegetables in E.coli scare

    A trade spat erupted between the European Union and Russia on Thursday after Moscow banned imports of EU vegetables amid...

  15. June 1, 2011

    Brussels defends food warning system

    In Brussels, the European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, defended its decision to broadcast an apparently...

  16. Brussels Blog

    March 17, 2011

    EU urges radiation tests for Japanese food imports

    The European commission has asked member states to begin testing imported Japanese food for increased radiation levels,...

  17. March 9, 2011

    Europe meets the Arab awakening

    The new sanctions on Libya that European Union leaders will announce in Brussels on Friday are a welcome, but overdue sign...

  18. March 1, 2011

    Million Dollar Quartet, Noël Coward Theatre, London

    Michael Malarkey as Elvis Presley On December 4 1956 in the Sun Records studio in Memphis, Tennessee, Johnny Cash (just then...

  19. February 28, 2011

    Former EMA chief faces job scrutiny

    The former head of the European Medicines Agency is coming under scrutiny by politicians and health groups over concerns...

  20. January 7, 2011

    Eggs in German dioxin alert reach UK

    Europe’s health chief said he would explore ways to strengthen food monitoring after officials confirmed that dioxin-tainted...

  21. October 10, 2010

    Brussels warned against US-style class actions

    By Nikki Tait in Brussels Any pan-European initiative allowing groups of individuals or companies to bring legal claims must...

  22. September 16, 2010

    Tom Jones, Union Chapel, London

    The setting was a far cry from Tom Jones’s 1970s Las Vegas glory years, belting out “What’s New Pussycat?” in tight trousers...

  23. July 24, 2010

    Tom Jones: Praise & Blame

    Tom Jones Praise & Blame (Universal/Island) Blame was in the air when Praise & Blame received its first hearing at Tom...

  24. July 17, 2010

    Toubab All Stars: Mekfoul District

    Toubab All Stars Mekfoul District (Iris) The Toubab All Stars come touted as Francophone Specials, an aspiration that...

  25. June 4, 2010

    Move to allow EU ban on GM crops

    European Union member states would have the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified organisms under a...

  26. April 17, 2010

    Merle Haggard: I Am What I Am

    Merle Haggard I Am What I AmVanguard When Johnny Cash played at San Quentin prison, Merle Haggard was in the audience. After...

  27. April 16, 2010

    China tops EU’s dangerous goods alert

    Chinese-made products accounted for more than half the dangerous products notified in Europe last year.In total, the number...

  28. March 29, 2010

    EU competition proposals delayed

    Controversial proposals to give European consumers and businesses greater scope to pursue damages claims if they are the...

  29. March 28, 2010

    EU competition proposals delayed

    Controversial proposals to give European consumers and businesses greater scope to pursue damages claims if they are the...

  30. March 27, 2010

    Black as the linchpin of men’s fashion

    Man in black Johnny Cash It’s spring with pastel colours bursting out all over, from florists and Easter baskets to women’s...

  31. February 20, 2010

    Johnny Cash: American VI: Ain’t No Grave

    Johnny Cash American VI: Ain’t No Grave Lost Highway A ghostly voice croaks out. It’s Johnny Cash, huskily singing, “I can’t...

  32. November 7, 2009

    Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness By Reinhard KleistTranslated by Michael Waaler Self Made Hero £14.99, 221 pages FT Bookshop...

  33. July 13, 2009

    Paolo Nutini

    On stage, Paolo Nutini resembles one of those Hollywood comedies about swapped identities - in his case an elderly man...

  34. July 12, 2009

    Paolo Nutini, Roundhouse, London

    On stage, Paolo Nutini resembles one of those Hollywood comedies about swapped identities – in his case an elderly man...

  35. July 3, 2009

    The King is dead, long live the King

    Michael Jackson’s posthumous career has got off to a flyer. Thriller and two greatest hits packages each sold more than...

  36. July 3, 2009

    Collections: Credit crunch chronicles

    Catch up on what happened to the financial system over the past two years with our collection of tales from the credit...

  37. April 24, 2009

    The formula that felled Wall St

    Johnny Cash and June Carter met backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. It was a little like a country song: he was married, she...

  38. March 23, 2009

    Gritty scenes of urban life

    Doves belong to a northern English tradition, visible in Ken Loach's film Kes or D.H. Lawrence's novel Sons and Lovers ,...

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