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.

Could Blue Labour capture party's soul?

Jon Cruddas
Jon Cruddas was appointed Labour Party Policy Coordinator by Ed Miliband in 2012

The link between a collection of erudite, philosophical essays, a nasty spat within Labour ranks about the NHS and a top level debate in the party over immigration, may not be obvious.

But it is important.

As veteran Labour MP Frank Field writes in "Blue Labour, forging a new politics": "Blue Labour poses the most fundamental of challenges to the Blairite electoral strategy that, despite changes in personnel, remains in place."

He continues: "Had the leadership given serious thought to Blue Labour, its worry, if not annoyance, would have quickly turned to alarm."

It may, given time, display the level of alarm he thinks is appropriate.

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Trident question comes to the surface

  • 26 February 2015
  • From the section UK
Trident
The SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens want Trident to be scrapped

The loch at Faslane is very calm on a beautiful spring-like day, seagulls wheel above the jetty and its short, white radar tower. Beneath the still waters, I presume, lurks some of Britain's ageing nuclear deterrent.

The future of Trident may not be much of an issue in the election, but it will be one of the most important, and expensive, decisions the new government makes.

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Does the West have the will to stop Russia?

  • 12 February 2015
  • From the section Europe
A pro-Russian separatist shows an anti-tank missile in the town of Vuhlehirsk, eastern Ukraine
Russian-backed rebels appear well armed

It is not Vegas, but the worry must be that what happens in Minsk, stays in Minsk.

The urgency of making sure a ceasefire happens, and holds will only serve to intensify the debate in the US about how to deal with Vladimir Putin.

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Could Greece prompt wholesale change in Europe?

  • 29 January 2015
  • From the section Europe
A Greek Presidential Guard

The spectacle outside the Greek Parliament is so outlandish it is hard not to laugh.

This isn't anything to do with the weekend's election - although there are parallels.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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