The myth of the Fourth Reich
Richard J Evans, Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge and author of the Third Reich trilogy, describes the "spectre of history" looming over Europe and Germany's role in the eurozone crisis - but argues that this has less to do with Nazism than with the economic trauma of the 1920s:
Books of the Year
Public figures including Rowan Williams, Ed Miliband, Ed Balls, Martha Nussbaum and Melvyn Bragg tell us what they've been reading this year.
Jemima Khan: Letter from Lahore
In her first column as associate editor of the New Statesman, Jemima Khan reports on her recent trip to Pakistan, where US drone strikes have exacted a horrible civilian death toll.
Evgeny Lebedev: Elton John's fury, my father's punch and mini-me
In the NS Diary, the chairman of Independent Print and Evening Standard Ltd, Evgeny Lebedev, writes that the Leveson inquiry "must not be allowed to shackle" the free press, arguing: "I know what an unfree press looks like and wouldn't recommend it."
Christopher Hitchens: "His Rolls-Royce mind is still purring"
George Eaton reports on the recent tribute evening to Christopher Hitchens, including contributions from Ian McEwan, Sean Penn, Martin Amis and Hitchens himself.