Martin Kettle

Hillary’s job application is 600 pages

Clinton's memoir shows she is fit to be president, but she's not giving anything away just yet.

What if the Germans had won the first world war?

With the war's centenary near, this is not a parlour game. Counterfactual conjecture allows us to see the conflict far more objectively.

US voters are not mad

America is a country of mad people governed by buffoons. That's the way a lot of Europeans are content to see it, writes <b>Martin Kettle</b>.

Trapped in the Anglosphere, we’ve lost sight of next door

It's great the internet has engaged us in Australian elections and Alaska, but language has cut Europe from our mental maps.

The challenge ahead

Let's be clear about this: Barack Obama has achieved an immense and historic victory.

TV debates rarely swing it, but let voters test the timber

The presidency is not won or lost by televised knockabout, but Obama has taken the opportunity to confirm his credentials.

Bush’s power grab

On April 30 the Boston Globe journalist Charlie Savage wrote an article whose contents become more astonishing the more one reads them. Over the past five years, Savage reported, President George W Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws that have been enacted by the United States Congress since he took office.

A perverse fixation with the Nazi past

The soccer World Cup fills me with dread. I want to look, but also to look away. Not because I don't like football. I do. Not because I'm fussed about the St George flag. I'm all for it. Nor am I in any liberal confusion about wanting England to win. I want that too. Not even because I can't stand the hysteria: Why can't we have a commentary-free channel that just shows the games?

A world-altering speech

If the great history lesson of the 20th century is that socialism does not work, then the watershed event in that tragic enlightenment was the one that took place in Moscow 50 years ago this month -- the so-called ''secret speech'' delivered by Nikita Khrushchev to a closed session of the 20th congress of the Soviet Communist Party on February 25 1956.

Peter Pan politics

A crisis? Sure. But which one and whose? As the results sank in on Sunday, the clever men in suits on France's TV5 reeled off plenty to choose from: a European crisis; a domestic crisis; a crisis of legitimacy; a crisis of institutions. But the real crisis is in Paris. The detail of France's 55%-45% verdict on the European Union constitution is illuminating.

A whole new Bush?

Watching and listening to Bush in Brussels this week it was impossible not to see that this is a very different politician from the one who was taped by Doug Wead as he weighed his first run for the White House in the late 1990s. ''It's me versus the world,'' the then Texas governor told Wead. ''The good news is, the world is on my side. Or more than half of it anyway.''

What is Bush saying?

Among the half a million demonstrators peacefully thronging the streets of Manhattan last Sunday, the verdict against George W Bush was instantly familiar to any visiting European. He's dumb, he's dangerous, he's divisive -- and more. In the face of such anger, it is hard not to be awed yet anxious because it was another reminder of the ways in which this is becoming an ever more divided society.

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