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Tuesday, 16 January 2007

  • Martin Rees: We need to act now to save the environment
    Wednesday, 17 January 2007

    The nuclear threat will always be with us. But it is based on basic science that dates from the 1930s. What are the potential impacts of 21st-century science? There are grounds for being a techno-optimist. The technologies that fuel economic growth t...

  • Patrick Diamond: So where are the new ideas?
    Wednesday, 17 January 2007

    The challenge Labour faces is more fundamental than executing a "stable and orderly transition" of power from Tony Blair to Gordon Brown - though that will be far from easy. There will be a long line of former ministers to placate. It will be necessa...

  • Leading article: Take a close look at the produce on offer
    Tuesday, 16 January 2007

    This follows a flurry of similar initiatives by the large supermarket chains last year. Sainsbury's is developing biodegradable packaging, while Tesco is converting three-quarters of its transport fleet to bio-fuel and introducing incentives for its ...

  • Letters: EU and the far right
    Wednesday, 17 January 2007

    Sir: John Lichfield is right when he says that "the containment of the far right in Europe is beyond the EU alone," but he does, perhaps, underestimate the contribution the EU can make to this fight ("Strong EU needed in fight against xenophobes", 16...

  • Leading article: Israel and Syria: a deal that will have to be done
    Wednesday, 17 January 2007

    Almost one year after Hamas prevailed in Palestinian parliamentary elections, and six months after Israel's invasion of southern Lebanon halted all remaining diplomacy, the Quartet seems gradually to be reconstituting itself. There is a sense that th...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Spillages and scandals: an 'annus horribilis' BP would like to forget
    Wednesday, 17 January 2007

    Even if it had not put a foot wrong, this would have been a difficult period for a major energy company seeking to put the accident behind it, while it was reporting record profits on the back of the same soaring oil and gas prices bringing misery to...

  • Letters: Hospital infections
    Tuesday, 16 January 2007

    I was admitted to the French hospital two days before surgery, not only for pre operation tests, but to prepare me for the surgical procedure. This included two compulsory showers on the day preceding and another shortly before the operation. I was r...

  • John Lichfield: Strong EU needed in fight against xenophobes
    Tuesday, 16 January 2007

    "These are all our friends," he boomed, and then stepping forward he added in a loud stage whisper: "They all hate each other, of course, but they are all our friends." Not for the first time, the veteran French far-right leader made a good point in ...

  • Miguel Angel Moratinos and Jean Asselborn: This enlarged Europe needs a new constitution
    Tuesday, 16 January 2007

    And yet, the question we have been asking ourselves for more than a decade - since the signing of the Maastricht Treaty - is what Europe we want. Apparently it is not an easy question. For a long time we have tried to answer it but with the wrong sub...

  • Leading article: Misfits, bigots and malcontents
    Tuesday, 16 January 2007

    Thankfully, there is little sign that the ITS will be able to organise itself properly. Its leader, Bruno Gollnish, is awaiting trial on charges of Holocaust denial. And its members - ranging from Jean-Marie Le Pen and Alessandra Mussolini to Ashley ...

  • The Third Leader: Celebrity saviours
    Wednesday, 17 January 2007

    Rock musicians, for example, have long been important players in society as much for the offstage stuff as the on, the outrage and awe of the Sixties long since replaced by the indulgent affection that Spinal Tap so effectively, well, tapped. Even so...

  • Leading article: Image and reality
    Wednesday, 17 January 2007

    His supporters cite the takeover of Amoco and Atlantic Richfield (when oil was relatively cheap) and BP's move into Russia in partnership with TNK in 2003 as evidence of his shrewdness. They point out too that a fivefold increase in profits in his 12...

  • The Third Leader: An act of union
    Tuesday, 16 January 2007

    Actually, galling is derived not from our cross-Channel cousins but from the Old English for a running sore, which is not that dissimilar, given traditional relations. Those also explain the shock expressed on both sides at the revelation that in 195...

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