Nicholas Watt

Nicholas Watt

    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Thursday night set the seal on a new phase in Britain's special relationship with the United States when he won ringing endorsements from the present and future generations of American leaders. US President George Bush hailed Brown as a "good friend".

    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Tuesday embraced one of Tony Blair's most controversial legacies when he cast himself as the leader best placed to bring Europe and the United States together after the bitter divisions over Iraq. As he prepared to fly to the US, Brown lavished praise on US leaders across the spectrum.

    Europe's "Christian values" should be enshrined in a new version of the European Union Constitution, German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared last week after meeting the pope. In remarks that will reopen the debate on religion in the EU, Merkel threw her weight behind Pope Benedict's campaign to recognise Europe's Christian heritage.

    Tourists and young couples ambling through the historic centre of Krakow on a warm spring afternoon were stopped in their tracks by a sight reminiscent of the era of martial law. As drinks flowed in the open-air cafes of Poland's ancient royal capital, a phalanx of armed police in full riot gear inched its way slowly through the medieval city.