Judge Baltasar Garzón raised hackles in Spain when he began investigating civil war and Franco-era crimes, ignoring an amnesty law. The effort has effectively ended his career – but started a long-stifled conversation.
Germany is angry that Ireland plans to hold a referendum on a treaty that will impose strict budget controls on EU members. Ireland has twice rejected EU treaties — but this time, it alone cannot scupper the deal.
Ahead of April polls, It's all Sarkozy all the time as the embattled president uses his Elysée Palace pulpit to salute national triumph at the Oscars and exhibit authority on weightier matters of office.