Nicholas Watt

Nicholas Watt

Nicholas Watt

 

Brown: I can bring Europe and US closer together

Nicholas Watt

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.

Merkel to back EU's Christian heritage

Nicholas Watt

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.

Europe's new divide

Nicholas Watt

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.

Govts knew of CIA terror

Nicholas Watt

Europe's human-rights watchdog recently accused Washington of "gangster tactics" by flying terrorist suspects to countries where they would face torture, and criticised European countries who appear to have done nothing to intervene. "If a country resorts to the tactics of gangsters, I say no," Dick Marty, a Swiss senator, said.

The best of a bad job

Nicholas Watt

It is bound to go down as one of the great moments in PR history. With United States tanks rolling into Baghdad and the sound of artillery fire reverberating around the city, Iraq's ever jovial Information Minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, popped up to declare that the "infidels" were facing "slaughter".