"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."
The European Union is to lead international efforts to restore the flow of foreign aid to the Palestinian people. The plan, decided on at a meeting
A post-mortem examination has revealed a five-year-old girl who disappeared from her bed at home in southern France died of asphyxiation. However
Attention in Italy is turning to the next round of voting to elect a state president. The fourth round only requires a simple majority. Centre left
President George W. Bush says diplomacy is the first and most important option in dealing with the stand-off over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Bush
The president of the European Commission has recommended that no decision on the EU constitution be taken before 2008.
In preparation, Jose Manuel
New York’s Nasdaq Stock Market has again increased its stake in the London Stock Exchange.
It has bought a further 10.3 million shares, bringing
Russia has changed its tone on supplying energy to Europe.
Reassurance has replaced the confrontational in Moscow’s message to EU capitals.
An ex-communist as Italian head of state. Unthinkable until recently, it is now a fact. Giorgio Napolitano, 80, won election to the office of
It was an extraordinary measure in extraordinary political times. French President Jacques Chirac has made an unscheduled appearance on television to
Vladimir Putin has criticised Washington’s high handed approach to international politics, describing the United States as a lone wolf that listens
The right refused to vote for Giorgio Napolitano because of his communist past – but the irony is that as a leading reformist within the Communist
A 24-hour strike has paralysed Athens, with hundreds of thousands of Greek public sector workers taking to the streets to protest at economic
Tens of thousands of demonstrators have been marching through the streets of the Lebanese capital Beirut protesting against the government’s economic
The National Geographic Society has won the 2006 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities. It is the second of eight international