Europe

News and reports from Europe.

Armenians struggle to find a foothold

For visitors to post-Soviet Armenia, first impressions of its capital resemble any other place in Europe, but travel just minutes from the centre and you enter another world…

Mixing peace and politics

With the current emphasis on war, is now the time to put peace into politics? A group pushing for a UK Ministry for Peace is in no two minds at its first debate.

Sobering reforms for binge drinking Britain

Europe's biggest binge drinker spends £20bn a year on an epidemic of health, crime and social problems relating to alcohol. Its government says it's got a plan, but is it realistic?

Madrid: Anger, heartbreak, solidarity

A Madrid-based correspondent describes the scenes surrounding the recent train bombings in Europe's worst terrorist atrocity since Lockerbie.

Public smoking ban in Europe gathers pace

Smoking could be banned in public places throughout Europe if a proposal by the European Union health commissioner and anti-tobacco "czar" David Byrne is adopted.

Conflict correspondents get boost

A new training programme has been established to aid foreign correspondents when working in war zones.

Funds for HIV prevention falling

Funds to fight HIV are shrinking while 45 million new infections are estimated by 2010. However, if top nations hike their grants by a mere fraction much can be done.

Global terror front jumps west

In a relay of fast track approvals that ended with US President George W Bush, Turkey was last week declared "a front" in the global war on terror.

Aids: The Romanian apartheid

Carrying HIV and Aids in Romania is a task made all the more difficult in the face of widespread ignorance and hostility from the country's non-carriers, as Daniela Tuchel finds out.

Old scotch in a new bottle?

Is image all in the land of whisky and bagpipes? Claire Munro explores how executives are trying to re-brand the Scottish experience.

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