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  • Leading article: An expansion that will benefit all Europeans
    Tuesday, 2 January 2007

    Two more nations have embraced the EU ideals of democracy, respect for human rights, the rule of law and free market economics. The EU now comprises 27 nations, 480 million people, and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. Our axis of s...

  • Leading article: Giving the poor and weak a global voice
    Monday, 1 January 2007

    There are no shortages of challenges in Mr Ban's in-tray. He must shake off the air of moral laxness that hangs over the organisation. The UN's reputation has been tarnished in recent years by the revelations of corruption in its handling of the Iraq...

  • Letters: Legalising drugs
    Tuesday, 2 January 2007

    So what's new? That is the nature of addiction. Many will have started their drug dependence as teenagers, the time of life when probably one is most self-absorbed. The drug habit halts emotional growth and they are trapped in that state of self-abso...

  • Leading article: The right medicine
    Tuesday, 2 January 2007

    The attraction for counterfeiters is obvious. Drugs worth hundreds of thousands of pounds are traded in a single transaction in the NHS. If they can tap into this market, it is much more efficient than hawking their counterfeit drugs over the interne...

  • Letters: Saddam's death
    Monday, 1 January 2007

    One wonders what representations were made by the devout Mr Blair to his fellow born-again buddy in Washington as to the Christian and ethical propriety of handing over Saddam Hussein to virtual lynching, after a farcical "trial" that scarcely met th...

  • David King: At last, I'm hopeful about climate change
    Monday, 1 January 2007

    This public shift has been mirrored in the political and industrial arenas. Australia was once vehemently opposed to the Kyoto Protocol, and indeed to any government-based incentives to attempt to cap carbon emissions. But in November, the Australian...

  • Leading article: The battle to come
    Monday, 1 January 2007

    Elsewhere the signs are less subtle. Scientists revealed an unprecedented ice retreat in the Arctic last summer. By 2060 there could be no summer sea ice there at all. We learned only last week from Canadian scientists that the Ayles ice shelf - a ch...

  • The Third Leader: The entertainer
    Tuesday, 2 January 2007

    It's in the blood - his grandfather played the halls, including in the act, funnily enough, mind-reading and escapology - and he's added to it by befriending the likes of Sir Cliff Richard and Robin Gibb, and marrying into the showbiz dynasty headed ...

  • David Usborne: Our Man In New York
    Monday, 1 January 2007

    I knew she was only here for 48 hours, and that I was going to be out of town for half that time. On Friday evening, she called. With much background rustling - a lady from Sony was fitting her with a sari - we agreed to meet on Sunday morning for br...

  • Charles Nevin: My message of hope for the new year
    Monday, 1 January 2007

    It is with the latter that my sympathy and inclinations lie. My approach to the commencement of a new year is adapted from Nietzsche's view that a certain amount of suffering abets appreciation. You will also be familiar with Mr Dean Martin's dismiss...

  • Leading article: A taste of honey
    Monday, 1 January 2007

    It's all about something called acetaldehyde. The body converts alcohol into this toxic chemical, which then goes on to cause the throbbing headaches, nausea and vomiting associated with "the wrath of grapes". Another little tip from the Royal Societ...

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