"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."
London and Washington must have hoped the parade of Iraqi security forces would mean Basra was calm and peaceful. But the end of British control sees
Basra is a lively place, with markets and restaurants, and little of the siege mentality gripping Baghdad. But there has also been violence – clashes
The icy winds herald the arrival of winter, and some might think of getting away from it all, by jetting off somewhere warm, like southern Italy
South Africa’s ruling party is voting for a new chief. More than 4,000 delegates have begun a five-day conference that could determine who becomes