Behind a shiny modernising façade, Spain's socialists have abused power on an heroic scale. Victor de la Serna, of El Mundo, regrets the immaturity of southern European democracies
All the bickering about the Royals is beside the point-what matters is the office, not the suitability of the office holder. Roger Scruton says this is better understood in former communist states...
The Dayton deal has created a single Bosnian state-but only on paper. Noel Malcolm says that in reality it will merely endorse ethnic partition
A US diplomat caused an uproar when his analysis of Russia's political clans was published in a Moscow newspaper
The German social democrats are no longer a model for centre-left parties in Europe. Robert Leicht considers whether electoral failure can be blamed on the 1968 generation
There is broad political consensus on the remedies for many of Britain's ills. Derek Coombs, chairman of Prospect and a former MP, regrets that it is not reflected in parliament
Banned under communism, Playboy magazine became a legend among Russians. Artyom Troitsky, rock critic turned editor-in-chief, tells how the new Russian Playboy is shaping up
The breakdown of the family is the political issue of the moment. But the storm over the domestic violence and divorce bills demonstrates that political fashion makes for bad legislation. Mary Tuck...
Literary agents read hundreds of novels by little-known authors-few become classics. Hilary Rubinstein describes hitting the jackpot with Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim