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Brussels diary

Despite receiving billions of euros in subsidies, the mavericks and populists of eastern Europe are falling out of love with the EU—very quickly
Manneken Pis  

Hungary’s pains

A senior member of Hungary's opposition explains why, 50 years after the anti-Soviet uprising, Hungarians are back on the streets

Albanian witness

Ismail Kadare, who charted the legacy of Hoxha's Albanian dictatorship, reminds us that the Balkans is a storehouse of European literature
Julian Evans  

Endgame for EU enlargement

In the coming weeks the media will be full of stories about the crises in EU enlargement talks. But expansion to include up to ten more countries is too far advanced to stop
Graham Avery  

Czechs, Poles ten years on

Poland and the Czech Republic were isolated for 40 years by communism and have been separated since 1989 by old stereotypes. They may only come to regard each other as equals when they are both safely inside the EU
Timothy Snyder  

Late night in Lviv

What happens to superannuated critics? They become judges at international drama festivals. Few are as bizarre as the one just held in the historic heart of the Ukraine
Irving Wardle  

Nato old and new

Debate over who should be included in the first round of Nato expansion has obscured the more important question of what is Nato's purpose. It should remain a military alliance with a peace-keeping mission, in the Balkans and elsewhere
Peter Rutland  

First in Europe?

As Britain takes over the presidency of the EU, its prospects in Europe look rosier than for 25 years. But, argues Timothy Garton Ash, the prospects for Europe itself are less encouraging. While one part of the continent wrestles with…
Timothy Garton-Ash  

Meet the president

As a young Solidarity activist in 1980 Radek Sikorski worshipped Lech Walesa. Ten years later, as deputy defence minister in Poland's first freely elected government, he met President Walesa, a political thug bent on buying nuclear weapons from the Russians
Radek Sikorski  

Dealing with the Russians

Whoever wins the election, Russia will remain an unpredictable neighbour for the west. Nato must expand eastwards but should encourage some states to become partners, not members
Douglas Hurd  

Unbearable slowness

Communism in eastern Europe created a unique literary-philosophical tradition. Lesley Chamberlain surveys this tradition both before and after the collapse of communism. She prefers Ivan Klima to Milan Kundera, but likes Christa Wolf best of all
Lesley Chamberlain  

The rest of history

The late Ernest Gellner, a life-long anti-communist, deplored the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Here he explains his regrets-for those in the east who have had their moral universe shattered, and for those in the disorientated west who have jumped…
Ernest Gellner  

Nato’s grey zone

The end of the cold war has left Nato with a diminished role. Will extending Nato to central Europe help revitalise the organisation and stabilise the new democracies? Or will it unnecessarily aggravate Russia and endanger those countries not in…
Philip Gordon  

After the Fallout

Chernobyl is the Dante's Inferno of modern Europe. But for thousands in the Ukraine it is a continuing source of livelihood. To shut down the nuclear power station would mean economic ruin-but what is the price of keeping it open?…
David Lascelles