In this week’s New Statesman: Brown’s last stand

Gordon Brown interview | Ed Balls: I’m no tribalist | John Pilger: Parties of war.

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With just one full day of campaigning left, this week's New Statesman provides you with all the insight and analysis you need before you vote.

In our cover story, Jason Cowley speaks to Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson as the pair reflect on 13 years in government and prepare for the final leg of the campaign. Brown insists he will fight on to the end but acknowledges that, should he lose, his decisive response to the financial crisis will be his legacy.

Elsewhere, our leader endorses a Labour-Lib Dem coalition and urges readers to vote tactically on Thursday. Also don't miss Mehdi Hasan's interview with Ed Balls, which has led the news agenda today after the Schools Secretary hinted that Labour supporters should back the Lib Dems in seats where they can beat the Tories.

Away from Labour, our political correspondent, James Macintyre, looks at the party revolt David Cameron will face if he fails to become prime minister on Friday. And John Pilger argues that all three party leaders remain committed to the war agenda followed by Tony Blair.

All this, plus Charles Kennedy on why the Liberal Democrats are the future now, Peter Wilby on the media's reaction to "Bigotgate" and Kevin Maguire's diary from Westminster.

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George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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En français, s'il vous plaît! EU lead negotiator wants to talk Brexit in French

C'est très difficile. 

In November 2015, after the Paris attacks, Theresa May said: "Nous sommes solidaires avec vous, nous sommes tous ensemble." ("We are in solidarity with you, we are all together.")

But now the Prime Minister might have to brush up her French and take it to a much higher level.

Reuters reports the EU's lead Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, would like to hold the talks in French, not English (an EU spokeswoman said no official language had been agreed). 

As for the Home office? Aucun commentaire.

But on Twitter, British social media users are finding it all très amusant.

In the UK, foreign language teaching has suffered from years of neglect. The government may regret this now . . .

Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.