Gordon Brown now entangled in MP expenses mess

May 8, 2009

Revelations that the British PM paid his brother for cleaning services come at a very bad time.

Berlusconi’s girlfriend calls him “Papi” — because he is!

May 7, 2009

A rumour circulating in Italy has it that the 18-year-old involved in the break-up of Berlusconi's marriage calls him "Papi" or "Daddy" -- because he really is her father.

Ladies’ man Berlusconi scolded by Catholic Church

May 6, 2009

The Italian Prime Minister's "exuberance and a weakness for young, flowing actresses" is "worrying", says the official Catholic newsletter, after his wife announced she was fed up and divorcing him.

Gordon Brown gives his ministers the “hairdryer treatment”

May 5, 2009

While ministers and aides decry his rants, Gordon Brown's real issue is that he has nothing substantial to say about how he wants to improve the country once the recession is over, says Rachel Sylvester.

Mayday! Mayday! Berlin’s Left implodes

May 4, 2009

And so it comes around again, the tiresome ritual of rocks and bottles, batons and boots. Ben Gook reports from the Berlin barricades.

Gordon Brown — a clever man makes a fool of himself

May 4, 2009

No prime minister should try to take on YouTube, Joanna Lumley and the Gurkhas. It has been Gordon Brown's remarkable feat to put himself on the wrong side of all three, writes Andrew Rawnsley.

Silvio’s risky game with his signorinas

May 3, 2009

In a public letter gleefully received by Italy's newspapers, Silvio Berlusconi's wife him of a “lack of discretion in his exercise of power which offends the credibility of all women”. And with good reason.

Thatcher’s legacy lives on

May 3, 2009

Margaret Thatcher's former Private Secretary, Lord Charles Powell, believes the Iron Lady's legacy is still going strong in Britain, and the country is all the better for it.

Banned in Beirut

May 3, 2009

Despite being named UNESCO's 2009 World Book Capital City, a long list of books, films and music are banned in Beirut.

Democracy, Kremlin style

May 3, 2009

If you're going to rig an election, either go all out Soviet-style and claim 100% of the vote, or attempt to make it a believable figure, says the New York Times.