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  • Leading article: The E.coli outbreak has exposed flaws in Germany and in Europe
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    Unfortunately for Germany, and for Europe, identification of the likely source might end a chapter, but it does not end the story. Germany's response defied the country's postwar image many times over, and not in a good way. A country admired for its...

  • Letters: The Care System
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    Instead of relatives being viewed as expert informants, allies and sources of durable support long after staff have moved on, they tend to be seen as rivals or adversaries, or some kind of threat to what professionals happen to deem is in the best in...

  • Alice Jones: Mel Gibson, lovable? Er, I don't think so
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    Granted she has her new film, The Beaver, starring Gibson, to promote, so you might expect a little hyperbole. But this is blockbusting turd-polishing. Over the last five years, Gibson has revealed himself to be a violent racist, blaming Jewish peopl...

  • Leading article: Preparation is the only defence against drought
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    The Department for Environment announced yesterday that parts of England are officially in a drought. East Anglia has been hard hit. Parts of the Midlands, the South-west and the South-east are also suffering. Many water companies have made impressiv...

  • Nikolaos van Dam: Tragically, a bloodbath may now be inevitable
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    After all, it has seen what happened in Egypt, where Hosni Mubarak faces jail or perhaps even the death penalty. So who is controlling the situation? It is clear that Bashar al-Assad doesn't have his own army and security people under control, and in...

  • Kate Allen: A warped response to calls for democracy
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    Many report unprovoked assaults at the time of their arrest, often – in a clear pattern – by groups of masked police and security forces who smashed down doors in the early hours. Amnesty International has had numerous reports where detainees allege ...

  • Harriet Walker: Even Sophocles couldn't have imagined idiots this tragic
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    In these days of sexting and dirty direct messaging, he is no longer the totem he once was. The tragic hero was the man we felt a desperate, tugging pain for when he toppled himself unwittingly from a position of honour and nobility. But these days, ...

  • Leading article: The case for a wider hacking inquiry is now unanswerable
    Friday, 10 June 2011

    The establishment of Operation Weeting in January was supposed to signal a fresh start for the Met in the investigation. We were informed that Scotland Yard was now treating the matter with special seriousness and that they would "follow the evidence...

  • Susannah Shops: Say it with flowers
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    Flowers, we all know, are fashionable just now – witness the overblown blooms gracing an equally scaled up silhouette at Jil Sander – but anyone buying the raw material would do well to remain oblivious to passing trends. Buying flowers, like buying ...

  • Leading article: Pimp my ride
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    The Swedish car manufacturer is not happy with the secret document's association of Volvo (and Brown) with the attributes "dependable, robust but ultimately dour". But perhaps Volvo (and the Brown team before them in 2006) are making a mistake in see...

  • Letters: Perspectives on NHS changes
    Friday, 10 June 2011

    What if it really ain't broke? Andrew Lansley's letter of 9 June consist of an assertion that "The current system simply doesn't work"', followed by a set of "solutions", which assume that his initial assertion is true. While there are undoubtedl...

  • Leading article: Realpolitik should not trump justice
    Friday, 10 June 2011

    A negotiated deal must be the inevitable outcome. But it should be with those in the Libyan leader's inner circle who have not been implicated in such crimes against humanity. There should be no question of not pursuing the indictment of Gaddafi, his...

  • Dorothy Byrne: Why we decided that the footage had to be shown
    Friday, 10 June 2011

    This is just some of the footage we will be showing in Sri Lanka's Killing Fields on Tuesday night. I never thought I would see sequences like these, showing the mutilation, murder and degradation of women, on British television. I don't urge you to ...

  • Romana Canneti: Victory for Independent's campaign for open justice
    Friday, 10 June 2011

    Recent legislation did allow the media access to the family courts, (although no reporting was allowed without permission of the judge) but when The Independent applied to attend the Paravicini proceedings, it was soon clear that matters were very d...

  • John Rentoul: Ken to Ed's rescue
    Saturday, 11 June 2011

  • Leading article: Voice in the wilderness
    Friday, 10 June 2011

    Those who suggested that Rowan Williams has made the most baldly political intervention by a serving Archbishop of Canterbury have short memories. Robert Runcie often pitched himself in opposition to the Thatcher government – on everything from the F...

  • Ian Burrell: How the 'Statesman' got the headlines out of Williams
    Friday, 10 June 2011

    His criticisms of the Coalition government provoked an angry and prompt response from the Prime Minister. A great result for the Statesman. The strength of Downing Street's reaction may have been related to a striking cover, which showed the Archbish...

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