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BEN SANDILANDS | EUROPE | 12

What if the real threat on an airplane is inside the cockpit?

We have always worried about keeping baddies out of the cockpit. Should we start worrying about who is inside?

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BEN SANDILANDS | EUROPE | 4 UNLOCK?

Germanwings crash: what we know so far

There is nothing known that adversely reflects on the safety culture nor maintenance of Germanwings, but what caused the A320 to crash?

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GUY RUNDLE | EUROPE | 4 UNLOCK?

Rundle: UK election going the full Monty

Ed “Two Kitchens” Miliband has an inexplicable lead over David Cameron. But neither of them can deliver workable government.

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Crikey Blogs | EUROPE |

No early answers to fatal Alps descent by Germanwings

Darkness has fallen over the site of yesterday’s Germanwings disaster in France, and there are, as would be expected at this stage, no early answers as to its cause.

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GUY RUNDLE | EUROPE | 7 UNLOCK?

Rundle: the Tony Abbott guide to cock-ups in three easy steps

With his Paddy’s Day address, Abbott managed to insult a people who are quite happy to acknowledge that they’re drunks.

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GUY RUNDLE | EUROPE | 6

Rundle: Crosby, swill and trash

Lynton Crosby is pulling out all the stops for the Tories in the UK. And, in this case, the stops include xenophobic dog whistles and taking on the teachers.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | EUROPE |

So you think you can Daesh: why schoolgirls are the new recruits

Infantilising young Muslim women won’t prevent the rise in “jihadi brides” fleeing Western nations to join Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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EUROPE | 9

Who murdered Boris Nemtsov?

Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov was murdered and left lying in the streets of Moscow. Was he murdered by the state? By Ukrainian nationals looking for a martyr? By a jealous lover? Freelance journalist Sasha Petrova reports.

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GUY RUNDLE | EUROPE |

Rundle: Greece gives Germany the finger and hunkers down for the blitz

Greece has decided to stick it to the EU and extend its current loan arrangement. Germany says “nein”. Who will blink first?

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GUY RUNDLE | EUROPE |

Rundle: in Greece, on the cusp of history

Greece is a long way from saved, but the ascension of Syriza should provide a political road map for aspiring left-wing governments.

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EUROPE |

An unlikely martyr emerges from Paris supermarket siege

Yoav Hattab, a 21-year-old Tunisian Jew, was murdered in a kosher supermarket on the day of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Eyewitness accounts show that he died a hero, trying to protect his fellow hostages, writes freelance journalist Ken Haley.

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GUY RUNDLE | EUROPE |

Rundle: comrades, Greece is the word

The Left is in power in Greece for the first time in years — can an alliance of communists, socialists and fellow travellers stand up to the troika?

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GLENN DYER | EUROPE |

What falling oil prices will mean for the RBA’s next rate decision

As the world’s economies struggle to cope with falling oil prices, what will Australia’s central bank decide to do?

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BERNARD KEANE | EUROPE |

Facts go missing in the post-Hebdo rush to justify surveillance

Politicians have rushed to use recent tragedies to justify mass surveillance — and even the complete banning of encryption.

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GUY RUNDLE | EUROPE |

Rundle: the complicated and weird electoral maths of the UK election

This was meant to be Labour’s year, right? But then UKIP, the Greens, some Scottish nationals and maybe even the hapless Lib-Dems got in the way.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | EUROPE |

How the West can broker a deal with Russia on Ukraine

Years of self-centred Western foreign policy has left Russia disenfranchised. But there is a way forward.

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EUROPE |

Charlie Hebdo attack was not an assault on free speech

Mass surveillance and aggressive prosecution of taboo topics are far greater threats to free speech than Charlie Hebdo, writes University of Tasmania graduate student in philosophy Tim Jarvis.

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GUY RUNDLE | EUROPE |

Rundle: ‘Hebdoiste’ world leaders laud satire but quash true dissent

Recently converted “Hebdoiste” world leaders exemplify the meaninglessness of our post-political age.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | EUROPE |

Six ways to deal with the far-right

The fallout from yesterday’s Charlie Hebdo will likely produce a wave of support for far-right parties. Here are some practical lessons in dealing with extremist political parties.

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GUY RUNDLE | EUROPE |

Rundle: Charlie Hebdo, terrorism and the distortion of popular memory

The violence against French journalists and cartoonists has shaken the world — but the reaction is something Charlie Hebdo itself would’ve mocked.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | EUROPE |

The top 10 elections of 2014

It was a big year in elections internationally, with six of the G20 members holding electoral contests during 2014. Herewith, the most exciting for the year.

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CRIKEY INTERN | EUROPE |

Small bumps on the road to 100% renewable energy

Two small Australian towns want to become 100% powered by renewable energy. Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts looks at some overseas examples and finds 100% renewable is nice, but not always 100% reliable.

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GILES PARKINSON | EUROPE |

France’s plan to save the planet: keep Abbott away from climate talks

France is trying to trying to avoid a repeat of the Copenhagen disaster by keeping heads of state away from the Paris climate talks. But it has also singled out Australian and Canada as likely roadblocks.

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GILES PARKINSON | EUROPE |

The coal-backed fossil fuel lover setting Australia’s climate agenda

Trade Minister Andrew Robb, inexplicably travelling to Lima for climate talks, will have a friend at the conference — Bjorn Lomborg, speaking at an event sponsored by big coal company Peabody Energy.

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EUROPE |

The curious case of the missing French nukes

French President Francois Hollande delivered a strongly worded speech on Australian-French defence co-operation. But there was a word or two missing in the English translation. Nic Maclellan, journalist and researcher in the Pacific, reports.

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