New Statesman cover | 21 November

A sneak preview of tomorrow's New Statesman cover.

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Highlights include:

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.

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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.