The world at a glance . . . Europe
LondonThatcher struggling with senility: Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is suffering from dementia and often forgets that her husband is dead, her daughter, Carol, revealed in a memoir this week. Thatcher, 82, had several strokes in 2002; her husband died the following year. “Every time it finally sank in that she had lost her husband of more than 50 years,” Carol Thatcher writes, “she’d look at me sadly and say, ‘Oh.’” Conservatives are furious at the release of the memoir. “I don’t know how Carol can believe that by writing this book, she is contributing anything other than prurience to her mother’s personal and political legacy,” said former Tory official Amanda Platell.
The HagueKaradzic claims bias: Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic this week demanded that the genocide charges against him be dismissed because media coverage has made it impossible for him to get a fair trial. Karadzic, the alleged mastermind of numerous atrocities against Bosnian Muslims in the 1990s, said that the presumption of innocence “has been reduced to a joke” by his “demonization” in the international press. “Nobody in the world believes that there is any possibility of an acquittal,” Karadzic wrote in an appeal to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Karadzic also says that the U.S. guaranteed him that if he went into exile, he would not be prosecuted—a claim the U.S. denies.