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Thursday, 24 June 2010

  • Leading article: There is still a common global interest
    Friday, 25 June 2010

    Several European states are rapidly tightening budgets, despite pleas from Washington for them to slow down for the sake of global demand. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has shown this week that she is not in a listening mood when it comes to ...

  • Leading article: The limits of Mr Osborne's fairness
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    To give Mr Osborne and his Treasury team their due, there was a notable absence of any small print in the full version that contradicted the speech he gave in the Commons. There were not, as so often in the budgets of Gordon Brown, unpleasant surpris...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the rise in VAT
    Friday, 25 June 2010

    Realistic view of a 'burden' Many of the reactions to the proposed increase in VAT seem to verge on the hysterical. It is true that the worst-off pay the same amount of VAT as the richest if they buy identically priced items of adult clothing, te...

  • Leading article: The age of change
    Friday, 25 June 2010

    Shifting social attitudes to work-life balance and improved communications technology have already brought forms of flexible working to 45 per cent of British companies, according to the last CBI employment trends survey, with 24 per cent more consid...

  • David Usborne: Choppy waters ahead in world of Realpolitik
    Friday, 25 June 2010

    Actually the sniping had begun even before Britain's newcomer to the party, David Cameron, fussed about "grand talking shops". Already irked are many Canadians. Their government, otherwise engaged – like almost everyone here – in tackling a budget de...

  • Michael McCarthy: How long before we see indoor units of up to 40,000 cows?
    Friday, 25 June 2010

    Not everywhere, though, nowadays: go to parts of East Anglia and you will find vast hedgeless cereal prairies on the American scale where the "barley barons" grow their thousands of tonnes of grain and where the skylarks and the turtle doves and the ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Petraeus is a master tactician, but his greatest strength is on the political battlefield
    Friday, 25 June 2010

    His great achievement in Iraq was to persuade Americans that they had won the war when, in fact, they were withdrawing with little achieved. He was able to sell the "surge" as a triumph of military tactics when in reality its most important feature w...

  • Philip Hoare: A victory for the whalers, a defeat for humanity
    Friday, 25 June 2010

    As I grew up, in the 1960s, attitudes changed. Our eyes were opened to the slaughter of cetaceans in the Southern Ocean and elsewhere. At its peak, this cull far surpassed that of the 19th-century industry commemorated by Herman Melville in Moby Dick...

  • Letters: Perspectives on getting married
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    Secure couples can look outward Terence Blacker thinks that being unmarried is insecure but exciting while marriage is secure but boring (18 June). Nothing could be farther from the truth. By his own admission, the unmarried spend their time look...

  • Leading article: A welcome breakdown
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    Despite the safeguards that were being proposed to accompany a relaxation of the ban – a DNA register for whale meat to prevent illegal hunting, the scope for tightening hunt quotas based on scientific evidence of whale stocks – this would have been ...

  • Kim Sengupta: What now for mission built to McChrystal's orders?
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    The choice of David Petraeus to replace General McChrystal was a surprise but it may prove to be an inspired choice. Although it became clear yesterday that General McChrystal would not survive he still appeared to retain the support of American and ...

  • Alice-Azania Jarvis: Latvia is a small country with a big history
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    It was a pattern that was repeated time and time again: little gifts bestowed with pride and the words "it's Latvian." When I expressed my fondness for the home-made pastries that accompanied one meal, I was presented with three boxes full by the hos...

  • Leading article: So long
    Friday, 25 June 2010

    There is something of the same artifice about so many of the attempts to get into the Guinness Book of Records. In recent days we have had Ozzy Osbourne leading a Dodger Stadium crowd in an attempt to break the record for longest scream by a crowd to...

  • Louise Arbour: International community must intervene before it is too late
    Friday, 25 June 2010

    It is easy to understand why people do not want to get involved, of course, especially as reports suggest that the chaos has diminished in recent days. But the relative calm is deceiving. No one should underestimate the potential for large-scale ethn...

  • Leading article: To be continued
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    A great cloud of angst was lifted from the southern parts of the British Isles. The inquests have been put on ice. The blame game has been shelved. The interminable argument about 4-4-2 can be given a rest. The national introspection can be put off (...

  • Sean O'Grady: Germany's dilemma: protect the euro or her own prosperity
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    Germany's budget deficit is modest, at 3 per cent of GDP (ours is 10 per cent), and there is not the same need to repair her public finances. Germany is already paying to rescue Greece and Spain one way, via costly bailouts; a more pleasant way might...

  • Anthony Rose: A belated response to the upstarts' challenge
    Thursday, 24 June 2010

    At the highest level of quality, French wine has little to fear from the New World, but the middle and lower tiers, vin de pays and vin de table in particular, have seemed doomed by an inability to clamber out of a slough of despond of their own maki...

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