The killing fields of the First World War

It ended 90 years ago, but the First World War hasn't faded from our minds. Far from it – more British people visit the battlefields now than ever before.

The White War, By Mark Thompson

Farewell to arms, but hello to Fascism

Pandora: Any old Irons won't do for 'Brideshead'

Jeremy Irons claims to have been offered a part in a new big-screen version of Brideshead Revisited, but the film's director says he didn't want him.

Flemish coastline: Golden shores

The diverse resorts on the beautiful Flemish coastline have something for everyone to enjoy. By Harriet O'Brien

Simon Calder: Why Go Now?

'Widescreen skies provide constantly changing aerial scenery'

Hugo Claus: Acclaimed author whose work was marked by intelligence and passion

Though often a controversial figure, the Flemish writer, director and graphic artist Hugo Claus was rarely overtly political. His sympathies were with the underdog, but he never descended to agitprop. Claus was the recipient of seven state prizes in Belgium and in 1986 was awarded the prestigious Prize for Dutch Literature. Harry Mulisch, the only other living writer in Dutch to be tipped for the Nobel Prize, called Claus "a great figure", while the poet Remco Campert described him as "the greatest writer of my generation".

Belgian crisis ends as new government is sworn in

A new government has been formed in Belgium, ending nine months of political deadlock which had threatened to break the country apart. But members of the new government are expected to resume battle soon over devolution of powers to the regions.

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Leading article: Prolonging an uneasy marriage

Belgian politicians have found a Belgian solution to a Belgian crisis. Six months after he "lost" a general election, the caretaker Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt is to become an "interim" prime minister at the head of an "interim" coalition government. The longest political crisis in Belgium's crisis-strewn history is over or, at least, suspended until March.

Coalition finds temporary solution to Belgium's political crisis

Belgian politicians have found a temporary solution to the six-month political crisis that has threatened to pull the linguistically-divided country apart.

Class of 2007: The top 20 non-premiership players

Championship footballers are back in vogue, with clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and even Real Madrid taking an interest in players not appearing in the top division. As Premiership managers begin to flex their cheque-books in the January transfer window, Glenn Moore reveals The Independent's second annual survey of the top 20 outside the Premiership

'Racist' marriage law upheld by Israel

Israel's High Court has narrowly upheld a law denying Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza married to Israeli citizens the right to live in the country with their spouses.

The First Casualty, by Ben Elton

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