Mark Mardell

Mark Mardell Presenter, The World This Weekend

Come here for discussion of the big ideas and issues behind the stories dominating the world's headlines.

Has Libya been let down by the West?

  • 22 January 2015
  • From the section Africa
A member of Libyan pro-government forces, who are backed by the locals, holds a weapon during clashes with the Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries in Benghazi
Rival sides continue to clash in Benghazi

Is that a new Dawn for Libya I can see breaking over the horizon? A new prospect for Dignity?

Or will Dignity and Dawn remain poetic euphemisms for destructive division - the names of two competing military operations?

If the latest peace talks lead nowhere the country is likely to spiral deeper and deeper into a multi-faceted, free-wheeling civil war.

Amid the chaos, Islamic State (IS) is gaining ground in Libya.

Europe, in a state of anxiety at the thought of jihadists returning from Syria, looks nervously across the narrow waters of the Mediterranean, pondering what is next.

Read full article Has Libya been let down by the West?

Charlie Hebdo: Attacks carry extra resonance in France

  • 15 January 2015
  • From the section Europe
A painting of the "Marianne", the national symbol of the French Republic is placed between candles to commemorate the victims
Many see the attacks as a direct assault on the French Republic

Willem Holtrop sits in the Cafe de la Liberte, nursing a small glass of white wine.

He is one of the luckiest men in the world. He escaped the massacre at Charlie Hebdo because he doesn't like meetings.

Read full article Charlie Hebdo: Attacks carry extra resonance in France

Election 2015: Next government could be a long time coming

David Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron
Who will still be standing after the May vote?

It surely will be over by Christmas, but still it is going to be a long war.

We know the general election will be held on 7 May but we don't know when exactly the spring peace treaty will be signed.

Read full article Election 2015: Next government could be a long time coming

Stand by for a fascinating year in politics

  • 1 January 2015
  • From the section UK
David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg
Could all three party leaders be out of jobs by 2016?

What are the odds of Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron all resigning next year?

I'm still trying to find out what the bookies think, but it could be worth a flutter.

Read full article Stand by for a fascinating year in politics

Is Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy about to bring back Blairism?

  • 18 December 2014
  • From the section UK
Jim Murphy
Jim Murphy has been elected to turn around Labour's fortunes in Scotland

I am agog in the Easterhouse Bridge theatre, transfixed by a simple tale.

The big, bad wolf huffs and puffs and the first little pig curls into a ball as her house of straw explodes in a crowd-pleasing burst of smoke and flames.

Read full article Is Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy about to bring back Blairism?

Is IS on an inevitable path to destruction?

  • 11 December 2014
  • From the section UK
Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State
IS has influence across a wide area

It was Voltaire who said that the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.

Some would say the same of Islamic State (IS) - that it is neither Islamic, nor a state.

Read full article Is IS on an inevitable path to destruction?

EU change a blockbuster challenge for Cameron

  • 4 December 2014
  • From the section UK
David Cameron

To watch David Cameron in action is as thrilling and as empty an experience as watching a Hollywood blockbuster.

It seems impossible that he can survive the forces ranged against him, but he buys time, survives for a precious minute, which gives him an hour, which gives him a day.

Read full article EU change a blockbuster challenge for Cameron

Potent and provocative symbol of the flag

  • 27 November 2014
  • From the section UK
Confederate flag
The Confederate flag is loaded with potential meanings

Flags are intentional symbols, weaved to wave proudly and to rally the troops, in victory or defeat.

"Here we make our stand, come and join us," they declare.

Read full article Potent and provocative symbol of the flag

East-West conflict set to run and run

  • 20 November 2014
  • From the section UK
Tony Abbott and Vladimir Putin
Hard-nosed diplomacy?

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott threatened to "shirtfront" President Putin over Ukraine.

This is apparently an Australian expression suggesting pushing into someone's personal space, squaring off for a fight, eyeball to eyeball, shirt button to shirt button.

Read full article East-West conflict set to run and run

Time for German military to take more active role?

  • 13 November 2014
  • From the section UK
Soldier of the German armed forces plays the trumpet during a welcome ceremony
German soldiers are proud of their predecessors' sense of duty

Remembrance of the fallen, and the fall of a wall. How we remember the past defines the future.

Look at London, then at Berlin last weekend, and you will understand the intense debate in Europe's richest country - does it dare to lead again?

Read full article Time for German military to take more active role?

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About Mark

Mark Mardell has been at the forefront of reporting and analysing major world events for radio and TV for 25 years.

Mark grew up in Surrey, was educated at Kent University in Canterbury and worked in commercial radio in Teesside, Leeds and London before joining the BBC.

As Newsnight's political editor and then chief political correspondent for the BBC's main TV and radio programmes, he reported on huge changes in British politics including the fall of Lady Thatcher, the rise of euro-scepticism, the formation of New Labour and the road to the Iraq war.

After the 2005 election Mark became the BBC's first Europe editor covering the birth of the Lisbon treaty and EU politics in all its guises. In 2009 he became BBC North America editor. He has also made radio documentaries on the relationship between China and the USA, and the future of the Republican party.

He's fascinated by the intersection of domestic and international politics and has now returned to the UK to present The World This Weekend and The World at One.

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