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Executive Editor, Opinion and Columnist — Guardian

Executive Editor, Opinion and columnist at the Guardian, presenter of BBC R4's The Long View and author of upcoming thriller The 3rd Woman, out in July

This euro is destroying the European dream — On Sunday the Greeks vote while the rest of Europe holds its breath. No matter how clunky the wording on the ballot paper, everyone knows what's at stake. This is a moment of great peril, not only for the euro but for the European project itself.

Three-minute Greece update: could this be the end of Alexis Tsipras? - video — With three days to go until Greece's referendum, columnist Jonathan Freedland looks back over a tumultuous few days with economics editor Larry Elliott. Momentum appears to be shifting towards a yes vote, meaning a resignation by prime minster Alexis Tsipras looks increasingly likely.

1984 by George Orwell, book of a lifetime: An absorbing, deeply affecting political thriller — So much of it has entered the language, becoming a settled part of our common cultural inheritance, that it's easy to forget that 1984 was ever a book at all. From Big Brother to Doublethink, the landscape of the dystopia George Orwell created in 1949 exists in the minds even of those who've never picked up the novel.

The end of the pseudonym: why I’m killing off thriller writer Sam Bourne — I am about to say goodbye to a person who has been exceptionally close to me, even though he doesn't quite exist. He is my alter ego, my alias, the man who has taken credit for the last five novels I have written.

Set your watch to Beijing time: the US is clocking off — China has shown little appetite for getting its military involved if its direct interests are not at stake (Bobby Yip) The idea is pure Bond villain, the names straight out of Ian Fleming. One is called Mischief Reef, another Fiery Cross.

After Tunisia, Kuwait and France we should not be afraid to call evil by its name — In France, in Tunisia, in Kuwait - horror upon horror, in a single day. It played out like some kind of gruesome auction, each atrocity bidding against the others for our appalled attention. The opening offer came near Lyon, where a factory was attacked and, more shocking, a severed head was found on top of a gate, and a decapitated body nearby.

On guns and race, America is a nation shackled to its past — Jon Stewart and Barack Obama are men of a similar age with, on some days, a similar role. Sometimes it falls to both of them to help their fellow Americans digest what's happening around them, to make sense of it. Yesterday it was the murder by a white supremacist of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kinabalu’s naked backpackers were thinking of Las Vegas, not Rome — Somewhere between Rome and Las Vegas stands the island of Borneo and its highest peak, Mount Kinabalu. Not literally, you understand. But in the map of our minds, its contours formed by our confused, conflicting attitudes to travel, tourism and the way we are meant to behave when we venture beyond these shores.

‘Moving on’: the mantra that traps Labour in the past — As forms of political communication go, the campaign theme song is among the lamest. It'll be a special kind of nerd who treasures his copy of the Lib Dems' mash-up of Uptown Funk, while the Green party's boyband parody similarly prompted the toes to curl into a previously unknown and possibly dangerous position.

How much applause did David Cameron get with his 2009 conservative party conference speech? — Getting a conference crowd going is a tricky business - do it too well and you risk alienating voters outside the conference centre; do it badly and you come off as a poor speaker. So how did David Cameron do with his speech in Manchester today?
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Jul 03, 2015

@DenisMacShane and I thought you'd like that one! Pro-European, urging people not to throw out European baby with euro bathwater, etc

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