These situations are always incredibly difficult for prime ministers and government, but so far there's been no public outcry against Blair for refusing to deal with terrorists,
stricter standards applied to those who influence impressionable young people.
The British and Irish remain hopeful all the same that some of the presidential stardust will rub off.
Standing shoulder to shoulder with the U.S. in the war against terrorism, Blair knows, he has made Britain a potential terrorist target too.
glassy smiles and gloss over time.
But it comes at a time when the IRA is under intensive pressure. It has been put on the defensive over the arrests in Colombia of IRA members working with FARC rebels and there are allegations it was involved in a burglary of Special Branch offices in Belfast in March.
The disagreements which undoubtedly exist... could not be eliminated today.
Both sides know that with stock markets everywhere in free fall it is hardly the time to spark an all-out trade war.
If the French vote 'no,' most analysts believe it would destroy any possibility of Chirac standing again for the presidency in 2007,
Although he has reaffirmed his readiness to work with European leaders in the Balkans --
His presence is a remainder to local politicians and paramilitaries embroiled in local rivalries and inherited disputes that there is a bigger world out there watching them and expecting them to lift their eyes to a distant horizon.
were very much trying to present themselves as reluctant warriors. They were very much reacting to demonstrations of public opinion.
Lawmakers say that if the Hutton inquiry finds the government guilty of sharp practice in helping the media identify Dr. Kelly, then the beleaguered Hoon may have to fall on his sword.
(Blair) looking to jumpstart the Middles East peace process.
Bush isn't going to follow the detail to the same extent (as Clinton), but he is helping to put his imprimatur on that process in an important week, when Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern put forward their latest proposals to revive the peace process,
Bush will be there to show that the rest of the world is still interested in this peace process and to kick it along.
performance of great defiance and passion.
But a window of opportunity is seen for this now, the political demands for it are growing across the world all the time, and there is immense pressure on Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,
Basically, he has to go back to the drawing board ... to have another go at it, ... It's not a crisis or a complete disaster. It's a mess and it's a humiliation.
is going to cause controversy with the U.S.
It's been a very, very big turnout and it will mean a huge sigh of relief for the 10 applicant countries and for European Union leaders across the continent.
The Jewish community in Europe is much heartened by this conference. They felt European leaders were in denial about the increase in anti-Semitic attacks,
After September 11 governments everywhere have had to plan what they would do in the event of a major civil emergency, especially the UK government,
The whole chemistry of the relationship between Moscow and the West is really changing now,
For him to lecture these applicant countries or these accepted members on their way in was really behavior like the worst of what the French complain about in the United States,