“One of the principles of public service is that it does not just consist of a race to the top with the resignation of those who lose”

New poetry by Amy Barone

Exploring medieval Italian floor mosaics

After fifty years as a music critic, I finally made it to La Scala. What was I missing? Everything

Every piece by the Italian printer and type designer is a paragon of the art

From the 15th century to the 20th, one Spanish family has left an indelible mark on history across the world, from Florence to Havana

Savouring wild Croatian delicacies on a Mediterranean desert island

A good meal is hard to find in celebrity-obsessed London

Far from being democratically sound, grand coalitions foster short-termism and reinforce more extreme parties’ power of veto.