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Lucy Ash

French voters turn their sights on hunting

Of all the issues influencing the French elections, there’s an unlikely one – hunting. Its supporters say the right to kill wild animals is at the heart of being French. But animal rights campaigners disagree, and now a recent series of deadly accidents is changing public opinion

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Tchaikovsky's rites of passages

An accidental boat trip to a remote island monastery saved the composer and gave birth to his First Symphony

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Poland: The front line of Europe's LGBT culture war

Nowhere are the tensions between tolerance and intolerance felt more acutely than in Poland, where some areas have tried to introduce 'LGBT-free' zones

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