"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."
European Union finance ministers are meeting to discuss the economic fallout from relentless fuel price rises, and to debate what measures to take to
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Touring the regions ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, US Vice President Dick Cheney has expressed confidence in the government’s handling of the crisis
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Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has joined the chorus of Americans criticizing the response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
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The European Union governments have accepted Parliament’s involvement in harmonising data retention laws in the wake of the terrorist attacks on
One year after its second liberalisation phase, some analysts are saying concentration has gone from bad to worse in Europe’s electricity market.
French President Jacques Chirac has walked out of hospital after a week of treatment for a health problem that affected his vision. On Monday doctors
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The kidnapped son of murdered Palestinian ex-security chief Moussa Arafat has been freed by militants.
Manhal Arafat met Mahmoud Abbas on his