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Political notes

Gaitskell, Bevan, Healey, Heseltine, Portillo all missed out on the top job. But who are the latest contenders for might-have-beens?
Anne McElvoy  

Political notes

Gordon Brown’s clumsy class war hides a muddle within both parties over exactly where “middle England” is
Anne McElvoy  

Political notes

The Tory leader tries to placate his sceptical troops by picking symbolic fights with Eurocrats. Sound familiar?
Anne McElvoy  

Twenty years in the making

Despite the grumblings of a few sidelined intellectuals and the lingering sense that east Germans are second-class citizens, the former GDR has come an amazingly long way
Anne McElvoy  

Political notes

Our politicians yearn to be charismatic. Yet Angela Merkel is popular and charisma free. What might they take from her example?
Anne McElvoy  

Political notes

Cameron’s Conservatives want to be seen as the party of social mobility. But do they have the stomach to do anything about it?
Anne McElvoy  

Clashing centres

Recent clashes over European tax harmonisation have underlined the significant differences between Tony Blair's New Labour and Gerhard Schröder's New Centre in Germany. The gulf in political culture is also evident in recent books by advisers to the respective leaders…
Anne McElvoy  

Thinking about Christa W

The best work of Christa Wolf evokes a lost world of betrayed idealism. Anne McElvoy defends the East German writer against crude post-unification attacks but finds she has not yet connected with the new Germany
Anne McElvoy