Voices

Too many let electoral tactics influence their decision in the polling booth

Green world: Bedgebury National Pinetum in Kent

Rob Cowen: A Noah's Ark of conifers just an hour south of London

Tales From The Trees

The birthplace of Adolf Hitler in Braunau, Austria

Adolf Hitler's birthplace could be used to help integrate immigrants

Charity hopes to provide language and integration courses

Editorial: A warning to Chancellor Merkel

There has long been an assumption, undiminished as Germany entered this election year, that the centre-right is certain to prevail and Angela Merkel will be returned for a third term as Chancellor in the autumn. The assumption is as little contested in Germany as it is outside the country. And the fortunes of the main opposition parties have done little to persuade anyone otherwise.

Sidse Babett Knudsen, centre, as Denmark’s PM Birgitte Nyborg Christensen, with Danish soldiers in Afghanistan

First Night: Borgen, BBC4

New series of Borgen - the Scandinavian political drama - presses British buttons

Mr Mitchell resigned in October with his career in tatters after contradicting an official police account of a tirade he launched against a police officer, who had refused to allow him to exit the main gates of Downing Street on his bicycle.

Officer arrested over 'plebgate' leak was 'not at the scene' of Andrew Mitchell row with police

A police officer under investigation over claims he witnessed a row in Downing Street involving a Cabinet minister "wasn't there at the time", the Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said.

Mr Mitchell resigned in October with his career in tatters after contradicting an official police account of a tirade he launched against a police officer, who had refused to allow him to exit the main gates of Downing Street on his bicycle.

Scotland Yard condemned for arresting police officer on suspicion of leaking Andrew Mitchell outburst

Scotland Yard was condemned last night for arresting a police officer on suspicion of leaking details of Andrew Mitchell's angry outburst when he was stopped from using Downing Street's main gates.

Postcard from... Potsdam

Germany's Greens are proud to be Europe's most powerful environmentalist party but as is often said: pride comes before a fall.

The Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has been moderate

Radicals threaten Salmond and Scottish independence campaign

Activists gather in Glasgow to try to steer breakway movement sharply to the left

IoS letters, emails & online postings (11 November 2012)

It is pleasing to see the Labour Party inching towards a stronger policy on the living wage (Ed Miliband exclusive interview, 4 November), but disappointing that the movement is so small. If this is a "central part" of Mr Miliband's vision, then enforcing a living wage clause in Whitehall contracts and "naming and shaming" big companies are rather small steps.

Undercover officer Bob Lambert 'bombed shop'

Ministers have been urged to investigate claims that an undercover police officer who had infiltrated a group of animal rights extremists planted a fire bomb in a department store.

François Hollande set to deliver French left majority

The triumph of the French left in the first round of parliamentary elections threatens to redraw the map of party politics in France.

Marine Le Pen's National Front may win seats for the first time

Hollande braced for 'worst nightmare' in elections

President's austerity plans are in jeopardy as the hard left is set for a strong showing

Bee populations have declined dramatically in recent decades

Pesticide that kills bees ‘must be banned’

The Government has been accused of failing to act on increasing evidence of the environmental damage done by "nerve-agent" pesticides, after France banned a pesticide product still widely in use by British farmers on their crops.

Far from the madding crowd: Jake Williams

Life as a hermit: 'My life is a great adventure'

For nearly 30 years, Jake Willams has lived as a hermit in the Scottish wilderness for thirty years. He explains why he could never go back to a 'normal' life

Caroline Lucas wit h her husband after becoming the Greens’ firstMP

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas steps aside to aid fight against Lib Dems

Caroline Lucas will hand over top job as part of strategy to boost her colleagues' profiles

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Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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Homeless people keep mobile phones

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