Eastern Europe

Bearhugged by Uncle Vlad

Germany's fawning attitude towards Putin stems from a belief that Russia is the nearest thing it has to a colony

A Foreign Affair: David Bowie in Berlin

Haunted by Isherwood's shade, the British musician flirted with fascism, then became a hero to the youth of the communist East

A Cooler Shade of Red

A new museum exhibition of Cold War art leaves the nastiness of the communist system completely unacknowledged

Going West

Cold War geopolitical terminology is obsolete. We need new terms to reflect a changed world

Lords and Ladies of Byzantium

Ancient Greek culture, Roman law and Eastern Christianity all contributed to the longevity of the Byzantine Empire

South Ossetia is Not Kosovo

Moscow has accused the West of double standards, but the former Yugoslav province has a cast-iron case for independence - unlike the secessionists in Georgia

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"