Mary Dejevsky

One of the country’s most respected commentators on Russia, the EU and the US, Mary Dejevsky has worked as a foreign correspondent all over the world, including Washington, Paris and Moscow. She is now the chief editorial writer and a columnist at The Independent and regularly appears on radio and television. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham.

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All together in Trafalgar Square, for the victory parade on 10 September 2012

Olympics legacy: Has the spirit of the smiling Games Makers' army endured?

They were one of the unexpected triumphs of last year’s Olympics. Continuing our week-long series, Mary Dejevsky, who served as a volunteer herself, reflects on what happened next

Ipsa's chairman Sir Ian Kennedy remained defiant saying the package of measures ended the 'historic peculiarities' that had grown up around MPs' pay

As paymasters, we get the MPs we deserve

On one point most people can agree; an almost 10 per cent rise for MPs when pay in the public sector is mostly frozen is awkward, to put it mildly

It is claimed that GCHQ has had access to Prism for at least three years

Britain should not share its intelligence with the US

Hague ridiculed suggestions that GCHQ had circumvented UK laws by working with America. We would be wise not to take him at his word

A luxury retirement sounds lovely, but please can we have affordable sheltered housing too?

The idea is billed as a response to the ageing demographic, the growing wealth of people over 55 and the trend for inner-city life among active “seniors”

Julia Gillard announces her resignation after being ousted as Labor Party leader by Kevin Rudd

Gillard, Bower, Shoesmith: Why can't a woman in public life be treated more like a man?

We may think the UK is far further down the line to gender equality than Australia - but our record with female leaders is itself far from exemplary

Surgeons wearing jeans to work? I don't think so...

Plus: The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe demonstrated his personal touch (and drilling skills) when I saw him give a speech in London

Don't underestimate Obama and Merkel. These are serious leaders for perilous times

Their recent joint appearance at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin showed how much these two leaders have in common, but this introspection is often seen as dithering

The Pergamon Museum offers a pointed message from Berlin to Russia – give our treasures back

Plus: I'm no middle lane road hog, but do we really need all these extra driving rules?

The Coalition gives Clegg a veto on arming Syria

Nick Clegg has suffered all manner of barbs about entering a coalition, but the greatest vindication of his decision to take his party into government may still be to come

Of course immigrants have the right to a family reunion, but don't expect others to pay for it

The born romantics among us may tell you otherwise, but family reunion is not a minor detail of the immigration debate. Nor does it come without a price tag

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Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
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It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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