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Germany’s social democrats

After Martin Schulz became leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and was nominated as its candidate for the German chancellery, it looked like a political myth had finally been proved wrong. Up until the nomination of Schulz in Spring...

Macron's age of enlightenment

As a faithful observer of politics, my Sundays usually have a certain routine. Coffee in bed, watching the Andrew Marr Show, followed by eggs and toast and the Big Question, then more coffee and Sunday Politics. Ever since the general...

Promises, promises

After the ‘longest suicide note in history’ back in 1983, Labour, on its journey towards modernisation, latched on to the idea of the ‘symbolic policy’: a policy that illustrates a party’s long term values and vision while also connecting strongly...

Labour’s six battlegrounds

This is going to be complicated. In June’s surprise election Labour will need to fight on six different fronts and each local campaign will need to be tailored to its own context. More than in any previous election, Labour campaigners...

New dawn fades

It was 20 years ago next month, but Tony Blair’s landslide election victory still shapes the left today. Steven Fielding reflects on New Labour’s achievements – and the opportunities it wasted
On the early evening of Saturday 23 June 2007, BBC1...

Fire without smoke

The challenge of cyber warfare to policy makers

At the Fabian Society New Year conference the shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, was asked hypothetically whether NATO should support Estonia if Russian troops crossed the border. Thornberry responded in a surprising way...

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