Adrian Hamilton: Time to disband Nato now the Cold War is over?

It was Harold Macmillan, ever shrewd in the ways of politics, who said that the only way to hold a successful summit was to have the communiqué already written before you arrived. On that reading, the Nato summit in Bucharest has all the elements of a truly miserable failure.

US and Ukraine challenge Russia on Nato expansion

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Paperback: In Europe, by Geert Mak

The Dutch writer's long voyage from Lisbon to Chernobyl, Stockholm to Istanbul mostly took place during 1999. His epic travelogue sums up the state of Europe at the close of its worst century, and looks forward to the future. It sounds like hard work, but Mak is a shrewd, genial companion, most readable if you dip in, place, by place. If he fails to find "a common attitude" in Biggin Hill and Bucharest, this wise heir of Erasmus never stops yearning for one.

The Sketch: Straw's body language betrays his ambitions

"There are things you should be able to answer today," David Davis said. Such as, did this bugging of an MP's conversation actually happen? Who authorised it? Did it happen by accident? Did someone just leave a tape running or did they know an MP was due to visit? In the absence of answers to those questions, there were questions from the Gallery. How long would it take to find these things out? How long to look at the logs, if the Minister of Justice asked? How long to check the signatures? An hour? Two? Including time for doughnuts and a row with the wife, let's say half a day.

Ferguson's European path to start with a splash

Sir Alex Ferguson has been able to defy many things in his time at Manchester United but acts of God are not among them. Yesterday evening Bucharest seemed as though the Danube had burst its banks; a vicious electrical storm crashed down over the city and further soaked the already sodden pitch at the national Lia Manoliu Stadium. The avenues resembled rivers, the streets streams.

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