Mieczyslaw Wilczek's law
Friday, 16 May 2014 15:19

POLAND is one of Europe's post-communist success stories, boasting more than two decades without a recession. But ask many Polish entrepreneurs when the country had the best conditions for running a business and the answer, surprisingly, is 1988, the last year of communist rule.

That was when Mieczyslaw Wilczek, an inventor and entrepreneur, took...

Do as we say, not as we do
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 18:24

Few people worry about which country chairs the committee of ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE), a body of 47 European countries, committed to upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law. But with Azerbaijan taking the helm on May 14th, perhaps more should. After all, few European governments have done more to undermine those...

Alternate realities
Sunday, 11 May 2014 22:27

IT looked almost like a real election day in Donetsk, the capital of the industrial Donbas region in eastern Ukraine. Polling stations in the usual schools and kindergartens opened on time, their entrances decorated with balloons, and jolly music played outside. Young and old queued up to cast their vote in transparent ballot boxes. There was...

Total 'to invest in UK shale gas'
Saturday, 11 January 2014 12:12
St Anna's Road siteThe "fracking" technique to extract shale gas has proved controversial

French oil and gas company Total is to invest in the UK's shale gas industry, it is to be announced on Monday.

Total will be the first of the so-called "oil majors" to invest in shale gas in the UK, the BBC...

Ukraine ex-minister hurt in clashes
Saturday, 11 January 2014 11:05

The clashes broke out after three activists were jailed over an alleged terror plot, as David Stern reports from Kiev

Several people have been injured in clashes between protesters and...

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