Whether it's justified or not, France is always being accused by its neighbours of shirking and of always finding the best way to do the least possible. Is France not the birthplace of the 35 hour week and RTT (hours worked over the 35 week repaid in the form of days off) galore?
The former Danish prime minister has committed the socialists to winning the June 2009 European elections. His strategy is based on the idea of a new social Europe. His objective: to ensure the welfare state retains its place in globalisatio. Interview
Now that the largest catholic political party are no longer present in parliament and the centre-left are significantly weakened, it is the Vatican who are playing the role of the greatest opposition to the Italian government. Others however denounce the church as ‘crypto-communist’
Lard, sugar and cinnamon- when the crumbly biscuit appears on Spanish dining tables, there’s no doubt that Christmas is coming. Factories producing the biscuit that reigns at fiestas in Estepa near Seville run at full speed. Plus a cinnamon mantecado recipe
‘We have been too optimistic’ - a gentle landing was predicted for Estonia’s 2011 entry into the Eurozone, but the economy is entering turbulent times following its exponential growth. Interview macro-economic expert in Tallinn