BBC News reported on May 14 that Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon has been suspended from his post by a unanimous decision of Spain’s General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), the country's judicial body. Garzon will be tried on charges that he abused his powers by opening an inquiry in 2008 into crimes allegedly committed during Francisco Franco's rule. Just two days earlier, the high court had removed the last obstacle to Garzon's trial. If convicted he would not be sentenced to prison, but he could be suspended for up to 20 years.
Queen Elizabeth appointed British Conservative Party electoral victor David Cameron as Prime Minister on May 11, shortly after his predecessor, Gordon Brown of the Labor Party, resigned. Brown's resignation came after talks on forming a Labor coalition with Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats broke down.
Anti-communists at the height of the Cold War may have dreamed of the day when NATO troops would march triumphantly through Red Square. But they probably never imagined it would be under a Soviet flag, with the hammer and sickle flying overhead.
The Russian state-owned RIA Novosti news agency reported on April 27 that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, in a statement made to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), said it is "unjust" to call the Stalin-era famine that killed millions of the Ukrainian people a genocide.