Environmentalists have accused the European Commission of giving in to corporate and government lobbying from Britain and elsewhere after it emerged that European Union legislation on the safety of industrial chemicals has been watered down.
Europe's trading relationship with the United States deteriorated further this week when the European Commission said it had no option but to impose tit-for-tat sanctions in a rumbling row over an illegal US trade law.
He may be regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, but Ingmar Bergman had a pretty dim view of his own talents as a young man. He was, he says, a ''useless'' actor. His writing was simply ''too flowery''.