"We don't get involved in the politics of the nations that we visit. We are above that. I don't want to criticize why we couldn't use a soprano that sang alone on stage. I like to see the other part - that in the orchestra women and men can sit together. It's a great step forward."
"It always runs on time, it's very fast, it's comfortable."
"The problem is that one in five workers are paid less than ten euros an hour."
Trade union representative (ver.di)
"Just enough money for a kebab"
Music teacher (Berlin)
"Each halva has five layers of ground rice, hazelnuts, sugar and a syrup made with water and lemon. You have to leave it to rest overnight."
"If the bill on Supreme Court is passed, the coffin called rule of law will be shut definitely"
Ex-head, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal
""In the book of life every page has two sides: we human beings fill the upper side with our plans, hopes and wishes, but providence writes on the other side, and what it ordains is seldom our goal." Nizami Ganjavi"
"We laugh with Ariodante, we suffer, we cry with Ariodante."
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Culture ministers have been mixing with the movers and shakers at the international festival.
The discussions on how policy can help European films
The latest US government figures show that industrial production there fell in April, by the biggest amount in eight months. The US Federal Reserve
Public officials and their families in Romania must now declare their fortunes in full.
Under pressure from Brussels to boost transparency
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This means self-restriction imposed by Beijing. Brussels has proposed emergency talks. Nine categories of textiles imports from China are currently
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The only hostage-taker to have been captured alive after the Beslan school siege has gone on trial. Chechen carpenter Nur-Pashi Kulayev, 24, faces
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Several hundred Afghan widows have gathered in Kabul to demand the immediate release of a Italian aid worker Clementina Cantoni, who was kidnapped