Western Europe

A Fire in a Crowded Theatre

‘More of a fire fighter than a fire starter, Geert Wilders has been caught in the nightmare of a British establishment that can't tell the difference’

Truth, Freedom and Fear

‘The decision to ban Wilders was the desperate diktat of ministers who have lost sight of the distinction between arbitrary government and the rule of law’

Maverick who Terrifies Europe

After derailing the Lisbon Treaty, Declan Ganley is taking the fight to Brussels

Refugee in his Own Country

Robert Redeker has lived in hiding in France for two years. His offence? To have criticised the Prophet Muhammad

Beacon of Liberty Amid Depression

Just over 70 years ago, a group of intellectuals met in Paris to revive liberalism. Their views have an eerie echo today

Honourable Conspirators

The officers who tried to kill Hitler were spurred on by a deep sense of shame and guilt

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

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"