A disastrous fire in the 18th
century Lyadiny ensemble has resulted in the destruction of one of the two
churches and the belltower. Wooden churches are very vulnerable, but all too
often the situation is compounded by neglect and indifference, says Matilda Moreton
Underpinning the Euro crisis is a collection of mismatches, of cultures, institutions, expectations and norms between varied European actors and, critically, debtors and creditors. Europe will not survive without unification to smoothe and manage these differences, but it need not be as painful or depowering as many currently argue. There is a positive, optimistic side to greater union.
Bob Diamond, ex-Barclays chief, defends himself by saying he got a nod and a wink from the Bank of England and the Treasury, all of whom were happy to see LIBOR fixing as a "noble lie". It wasn't. The lie just shows how ignoble was the system it sought to uphold.
While European governments breathed a sigh
of relief as their preferred candidates won, Syriza will continue to haunt both
Greek and European politics as an advocate of a real alternative to EU-imposed
From banking to bad
taste, the usual suspect when things go wrong is the culture of an
organisation or group. Investigating and fixing cultures has become
our main hope of salvation. But this is a convenient distraction from
questions of moral responsibility, consequences, and of how people
can take mature, constructive steps together to make things a bit
In the Victorian era it was said that “An Englishman’s home is his castle”, but with an increase in social renters and hurdles to home ownership in the last century, Samir Jeraj asks is this goodbye to our dream of ownership?