John Kampfner

John began his journalistic career as a foreign correspondent with the Daily Telegraph, first in East Berlin where he reported on the fall of the Wall and the unification of Germany, and then in Moscow at the time of the collapse of Soviet Communism. He went on to become Chief Political Correspondent at the Financial Times and political commentator for the BBC's Today programme. He is a regular contributor to the opinion pages of British and international publications and on broadcast outlets. As Editor of the New Statesman from 2005-2008, he took the magazine to 30-year circulation highs. He was the British Society of Magazine Editors Current Affairs Editor of the Year in 2006. He has written five books. These include the best-selling Blair’s Wars (2003), now a standard text in schools and elsewhere on the ex-prime minister's Iraq intervention and other foreign policy; Freedom For Sale (2009), which was short-listed for the Orwell Prize in 2010 and in 2014 The Rich, from Slaves to Superyachts, A 2000-Year History. Fluent in German and Russian, he is a regular speaker at international conferences and symposia. John’s upcoming book ‘Why German’s Do It Better’ will be published in 2020.