The EU job contest dawns (don't wait up)

Will the new President be a Belgian, a Latvian, or even a Brit? Only one thing is certain: it won't be a snap decision

The Benelux rat pack scrabbling for presidency

As history is celebrated on the streets of Berlin today, behind the scenes, another, though more discreet, chapter in European history may also be penned in that same city.

Luxembourg PM fights Blair for EU presidency

Luxembourg's Prime Minister has fired the starting-gun in the race to become EU President by confirming his interest in the job.

Mark Steel: Just when you thought it was safe to come out again

This is what Blair does: he wrecks a place, then gets the job of uniting it

Wozniacki denies part in betting scandal

Caroline Wozniacki insisted today she did nothing wrong when quitting a match while leading 7-5, 5-0, saying the decision had nothing to do with betting.

Villepin censures Sarkozy at start of slander trial

The former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin lashed out at Nicolas Sarkozy at the start of a slander trial involving alleged dirty tricks by politicians and businessmen. "I am here because of the determination of one man. Nicolas Sarkozy," Mr Villepin, one of four defendants, said.

Warning over holiday sick leave ruling





A landmark legal ruling allowing workers to claim back holiday time lost to illness will expose employers to exploitation, it was warned today.

Scotland freeze in Norway

Norway 4 Scotland 0

Andy Sawford: Only a radical shift of power will save the British justice system

Through its tacit acceptance of the status quo, the UK's political community has allowed a very bad system to reach the brink of crisis.

EU presidency welcomes Netanyahu's speech

The presidency of the European Union today welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Sunday speech giving his endorsement - albeit with conditions - to a Palestinian state.

Observations: Who really put Baby in a corner?

Comedy has always been a pursuit with low overheads and, if recent awards are anything to go by, it's now become something of a cottage industry. Last November Ashton and George, two teens who broadcast from their bedrooms, won the inaugural MySpace Comedy Award and on Monday [11 May] Helen Zaltzman, a freelance journalist, Olly Mann, a former TV producer, and Martin Austwick, a medical physicist will find out if their podcast "Answer Me This", recorded in Zaltzman's front room, has landed the much bigger gong of a Sony Radio Award.

Hundreds of miles of ice drop from Antarctic shelf

New satellite images from the European Space Agency show massive amounts of ice are breaking away from a shelf on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, researchers said today.

Eardley shows mature side after drop to Wales juniors

Neil Eardley refused to sulk after he was parachuted into the Wales Under-21 squad for the double-header against Luxembourg. The Oldham full-back has nine senior caps, after progressing from a side which has produced a dozen players that are now in the senior squad.

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