‘To realise that Syria deserved the cold shoulder did not require the life of a prime minister’

Caucasus: Diary, August-September, 2008

‘It was days after the ceasefire had been signed and the facts on the ground went square against what President Nicolas Sarkozy of France had intended’

‘If we do not act, we face a nuclear-armed Iran or a new Middle East confrontation’

ONLINE ONLY: Sarkozy’s True Colours

As his peacemaking efforts in Georgia reveal, Sarkozy's foreign policy is cynical and incompetent

France Finally Forgets Vichy

The humiliation of 1940 has cast a baleful shadow over France's postwar history. Can Nicolas Sarkozy, the first president too young to be tainted by it, usher in a new era?

Serbia’s Heart of Darkness

Standpoint’s Mole believes the arrest of Radovan Karadzic could prove explosive for his country

‘The more Iran misbehaves, the more the West is ready to give’

Judges Can be Overruled

The EU's Human Rights Act need not be incompatible with parliamentary sovereignty - if the government were to grow a backbone

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"