Constantin Gurdgiev

Constantin Gurdgiev

Time for choice on farm subsidies

Time for choice on farm subsidies

Following a failure to agree on agricultural trade reforms at the last G8 summit, the United States is putting renewed pressure on Brussels to jump-start the stalled Doha trade round negotiations, just two months ahead of a major World Trade Organisa

Out of touch with economic reality: The EU agenda

Out of touch with economic reality: The EU agenda

You might think that after the failed EU constitutional referendums in France and the Netherlands, the bitter bickering over the new EU budget and the intransigence of Chirac and Schroeder at the G8 summit over agricultural subsidies, Brussels would

Irritainment and waffle in the adminisphere

Irritainment and waffle in the adminisphere

Language can be a powerful reflection of life's glories, absurdities and everything in between.

Moscow's next elite: Children of the oligarchs

Moscow's next elite: Children of the oligarchs

From the blackened afternoon sky, to the bundled up faces of people struggling into the subway, December locks Moscovites into a constant struggle to ward off the winter blues.

Spending, but failing

Spending, but failing

In academics and politics, the new year is the doldrums - empty campuses, hollow corridors of power, quiet newsrooms.

A delicate balancing act

A delicate balancing act

It was a dirty job, but Brian Cowen had to do it. After the hoopla of the last six months, no matter what the minister put into his maiden budget nothing would satisfy the pundits and the opposition.