"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."
Flattened and deserted – the village of Qana two days after it was bombed in the biggest single Israeli attack on southern Lebanon. United Nations
Ignoring growing calls for a ceasefire, Israel has started moving deeper into Lebanon after receiving the green light from its security cabinet
As Fidel Castro’s designated successor, his younger brother Raul has provisionally taken up the reigns. The 75-year-old, who is minister of defense
For the first time in nearly 50 years as president of Cuba, Fidel Castro has been forced to hand over power. In his last public appearance he
Cubans living in Florida are celebrating the news that Fidel Castro has had to relinquish his powers. Cheering, honking car horns and waving flags
For the first time in nearly fifty years as president of Cuba, Fidel Castro has been forced to hand over power, albeit temporarily. In a statement
Israeli forces have been pushing further into southern Lebanon. After Israel’s cabinet approved widening its ground offensive against Hizbollah
What was once Russia’s biggest oil company, YUKOS has been declared bankrupt by a Moscow commercial court. The ruling came after creditors –
The Portuguese government has started publishing the names of people who owe large amounts of tax to shame them into paying up. Portugal’s finance
More economic data is supporting the case for higher European interest rates. Unexpectedly, German unemployment has dropped again. It was the first
The issue of succession is said to have increasingly pre-occupied Fidel Castro in recent times. It appears he sees his brother Raul as the most able
There have been celebrations on the streets of Beirut following claims that Hizbollah rockets had hit an Israeli warship off the port of Tyre in
The Israeli cabinet has given the go-ahead for a widening of the ground offensive inside Lebanon. Military sources had recommended the expansion of
The French Foreign Minister has met his Iranian counterpart in Beirut. Philippe Douste-Blazy described Iran as a significant, respected player in the
Israel sees no likelihood of ending the fighting in the coming days. Politicians spoke out against an immediate ceasefire – in line with the vast
Russia has called on Georgia to pull back its troops from a strategically important gorge that borders the breakaway Georgian area of Abkhazia
The European Union has called for an immediate end to hostilities in Lebanon. Chairing an emergency meeting in Brussels, Finland´s Foreign Affairs
All is calm on the streets of La Havana since Castro announced he was temporarily handing over power. Speaking to the camera, most people remained
The UN Security Council has demanded that Iran suspend all its nuclear operations within a month or face the threat of sanctions. Carried by 14 to
News of Castro’s illness sparked jubilant celebrations in Miami. Lining the streets of Little Havana, Cuban exiles cheered and waved flags in
As thousands of people flee the fighting in southern Lebanon, international aid convoys continue to travel in the opposite direction. But only a
Hero to some. Dictator according to others. Now the speculation is on whether it is the end of an era for Cuba as Fidel Castro stands down as leader