by David Young

Left- and right-wing politicians and commentators in Europe are grappling with the lessons to be learned from the terrorist attack in Norway -- and what it means for debate about immigration.

Since the horrific attacks by Anders Breivik, rather than calls for vengeance, European newspapers have been full of reflection about the tenor of their national debates on multiculturalism and immigration.

An examination of the strange suggestion, spread by the Green Party, that our native ecosystems are at a greater risk than those of any other country on Earth except for Burma.

Part of living away from New Zealand is accepting that things change back home. Last week, for example, I learned that my favourite coffee shop, 32 The Terrace, has changed hands. I can no longer look forward to a latte made by Marg and Owen on my next trip to Wellington. On a grander scale was the discovery that New Zealand's indigenous forests have started vanishing.

The first civil unions occurred in 2005. Five years later, as we're overtaken on gay marriage rights by Argentina, Mexico, and other countries: did we fight the right battle?

Gay New Zealanders have now had the right to earn state recognition of our rainbow-coloured relationships for a little more than five years. In that time, a lot of the predictions made before civil union legislation have been proved wrong.

A short history of the ‘primitive combat' that is practiced internally by the ACT Caucus.

For all of his years spent perfecting the art of attack, Rodney Hide has clearly learned little about defending himself in a media firestorm.

David Young is happier even than Sue Bradford and Deborah Coddington were to leave parliament. More satisfied than Nicky Hager was when Don Brash stepped down. He is chirpier even than… Tim Watkin.

I left my job at TVNZ eighteen months ago to move to Denmark. It was not such a culture shock: just like New Zealand’s state broadcaster these days, Denmark is mainly occupied by beautiful blondes.

The drama in London this week meant that the Euro-zone crisis received relatively little coverage or commentary. It's big news – and what happens next could be even bigger.

Kept at home by an annoying flu, I spent much of this week following the live coverage of the British election and its fall-out.

What's Fun about a Summit to Solve Global Warming?

I received an odd phone-call this week. Out of the blue, the alarmingly perky morning hosts of an Auckland radio station I've never listened to rang to say that they'd heard I lived in Copenhagen. They wanted me, live on-air, to tell their listeners "fun things about the Copenhagen climate summit".

And you thought John Key's bit on Letterman was a sad attempt at scaring up tourists. In Denmark the state tourism organisation filmed a fake YouTube appeal in which a hot Dane woman admitted her fling with a foreign visitor produced a child

So, have American tourists started calling up, expressing interest in the Cinnabon at Auckland Airport yet?

The case of a "Holocaust Denier on Campus" offered Waikato University some important, difficult lessons. Did it take them onboard?

How is it that Waikato University, that famous bastion of political correctness, finds itself repeatedly embroiled in controversies involving members of the unpalatable far right?

The simple and obvious answer to this question? Because Waikato University's management keeps mucking up.

Melting ice provides Greenland with an economic lifeline. Should it grab hold?

It seems to be a modern-day pilgrimage for those who fear global warming's impact: go to Greenland and witness the melting glaciers before they disappear.

If you're lucky, you can hover above the oft-lamented glaciers (in a carbon-emitting helicopter), ruing humanity's impact on the landscape.