"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."
From the border, Israeli troops have been pounding positions in northern Gaza – piling further pressure on Palestinian militants to free a kidnapped
The European Union could suspend membership negotiations with Turkey completely over its refusal to move on Cyprus, according to EU Enlargement
Cabinet ministers and MPs were among the senior Hamas figures rounded up by Israel in its West Bank blitz. Israeli sources said 64 Hamas officials in
In a moment of major symbolic significance in Kuwait, women have been casting their ballots and standing as candidates for the first time in a
Watched by the world’s media, Italy’s biggest-ever football trial has begun. Four leading clubs face match-fixing charges that could force them out
Detectives in the Belgian city of Liège have found the bodies of two schoolgirls missing for the last 18 days. Natalie Mahy, 10, and seven year old
Torrential rain has caused the worst flooding in the eastern United States for decades.
At least 16 people have died. Over 200,000 people have been
Israeli forces have intensified their military operation in a bid to recover an abducted soldier. Palestinian witnesses say Israeli tanks have now
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has held talks with his Japanese counterpart Taro Aso on the eve of a meeting of G8 foreign ministers in
Israel has detained a third of the Palestinian cabinet and more than twenty members of parliament from Hamas. The ruling Palestinian party has called
The hot seat has been vacant for a month. But now Lithuania’s acting defence minister has been nominated to become the Baltic state’s next prime
In a major blow to the Bush administration, the US Supreme Court has ruled that the American President overstepped his authority in creating military
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has announced that his government is to go ahead with peace talks with the Basque separatist
Two Belgian schoolgirls found dead on Wednesday had been strangled and one was sexually assaulted. That’s according to the country’s media, which
The spending of some 308 billion euros is nearly through the debate phase in the European Parliament. Next week it will vote on how to distribute
All EU citizens landing in the United States without a visa will need to have biometrically-enabled passports by this October. In accordance with
The day after the EU put Croatia ahead of Turkey in the membership talks queue, Ankara has been told its talks could be completely suspended unless
The transfer of suspected terrorists on CIA planes in Europe has been the subject of debate across the Union since Swiss Senator Dick Marty reported