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  • Leadinga article: A strong currency and a powerful Continent
    Wednesday, 2 January 2008

    Take a look at the single currency now. The euro ismaturing into a genuine rival to the once mightyAmerican greenback. In 2007 the value of euro notes in circulation exceeded the value of the dollar. Even dollar-worshipping American rap stars and int...

  • Leading article: The year a nation drank from the healing well
    Tuesday, 1 January 2008

    There are still dissidents out there, and plenty of criminal gangs, but the big battalions have fallen silent. Nearly all of them finally got the message that victory was not possible, but that a middle way need not mean defeat for any section. It to...

  • Letters: Responsible pet ownership
    Wednesday, 2 January 2008

    The peace of mind it offers is genuine; our local dog wardens and local RSPCA collection officers can provide her with all the examples she could handle of stray animals reunited with owners through their microchips. If the chipped cat to which she r...

  • Leading article: The wrong sort of medicine
    Wednesday, 2 January 2008

    The Prime Minister has spoken of a document that will set out "rights and responsibilities" linked to entitlement to NHS care. But talk of "responsibilities" in such a context is pretty meaningless. Will doctors have the formal power to refuse treatm...

  • Amanda Shah: Cruelty inflicted on children
    Wednesday, 2 January 2008

    Every year, without judicial scrutiny, the Government locks up 2,000 children in the UK "for the purposes of immigration control". Yet these children the sons and daughters of asylum-seekers and immigrants have committed no crime. Many were born in t...

  • Leading article: A crude subversion of democracy
    Tuesday, 1 January 2008

    This explosion of rage from Mr Odinga's supporters was all too predictable. European Union election observers have raised serious doubts about the soundness of the poll. EU monitors were barred from counting centres in the Central Province. In one co...

  • Michael Brown: Brown risks playing straight into Tory hands
    Tuesday, 1 January 2008

    Reports last weekend suggested that many of the Labour MPs who represent London and southern constituencies are contemplating their future beyond Westminster. I know the feeling only too well. For at least three years before the 1997 election, many i...

  • Salim Lone: We Kenyans are the victims of an outrage
    Tuesday, 1 January 2008

    Vigorous objections were being raised by the opposition Orange Democratic Movement to the blatant doctoring of the election figures that had been agreed on jointly at the constituency by all political parties and forwarded to election headquarters fo...

  • Leading article: Power surge
    Wednesday, 2 January 2008

    The mains electric revolution of the late 19th century never reached Eigg. It was always too expensive to lay a power cable under the sea from the mainland. If the residents wanted to do anything requiring power, from watching television to turning o...

  • Leading article: Why, oh why?
    Tuesday, 1 January 2008

    In the past it has presented such posers as "What do you believe is true, even though you cannot prove it?" and "What is the most important invention of the past 2,000 years?" This year Edge wanted to know: "What have you changed your mind about and ...

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