Greeks attempt third coalition deal under Evangelos Venizelos amid bankruptcy fears

Greek power-sharing talks entered a third and final round today, as parties in the crisis-hit country struggled to hammer out a coalition deal after general elections produced no outright winner.

Greek election runner-up Alexis Tsipras rejects coalition deal

The leader of the runner-up party in Greece's national election, the Radical Left Coalition's Alexis Tsipras, has rejected a coalition with the winning conservative party.

Amol Rajan: Why Ed Miliband wants us to be more like Germany

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Eurosceptics welcome UK veto

David Cameron's move to veto EU treaty change was welcomed as a "very significant" development by eurosceptic Tory MP Mark Reckless who said it should be the start of a new more distant relationship.

David Cameron, Tony Blair and Ed Balls showing their sensitive sides

Crying game: what it takes to bring a tear to our MPs' eyes

There was a time when it would be career destroying for a politician to admit to shedding a tear.

David Cameron, Tony Blair and Ed Balls showing their sensitive sides

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to...

Politicians used to show that they cared by kissing babies. Now they tell us what makes them tearful. Andy McSmith on the politics of crying

The Watergate tape that made Nixon 'blow his stack'

Richard Nixon, the disgraced US president at the heart of the Watergate scandal, told a grand jury "I practically blew my stack" when he discovered sections of taped White House conversations had been erased, newly released transcripts from the hearing have revealed.

Nicaragua: Ortega wins re-election

The incumbent Nicaraguan President and one-time Sandinista revolutionary, Daniel Ortega, was re-elected by a convincing margin, according to results released late on Monday, overcoming a constitutional limit on re-election and reports of voting irregularities.

Patrick Cockburn: Greece in a state of shock as Troika reforms take effect

World View: A sense of injustice is growing. Elite politicians and notorious wrongdoers appear immune as ordinary Greeks reel from wage and job cuts

Steve Richards: Number Ten is disturbed by the debates sparked by e-petitions

Power to the People is always one of the most potent slogans in British politics. No leader would enter an election arguing in favour of less power for the people.

Missing stamp dealer praises 'democratic' North Korea

The mystery over a Dutch stamp dealer who went missing while travelling in North Korea deepened this week after he appeared in a state-run newspaper praising the country's democratic traditions.

Backlash over Labour reform

Ed Miliband was facing a left-wing backlash last night over his move to scrap elections for places around Labour's top table.

Pro-democracy activist on trial

Tomorrow, pro-democracy activists involved in the student demonstrations in December last year will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates Court.

Letter from the editor: Your democratic prerogative

By the time you read this, I will have exercised my democratic prerogative, and I hope you will either have done so, or you are about to do so.

Leading article: Just say Yes to voting reform

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