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CHARLES RICHARDSON | July 22, 2014 | ELECTIONS | |

Joko’s victory to be made official

Joko Widodo will be the new president of Indonesia, but his rival – with the media’s help – has succeeded in sowing doubts about his victory.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | July 20, 2014 | EAST ASIA | |

Hong Kong’s struggle for democracy

Hong Kong looks like getting the universal suffrage that Beijing promised, but how democratic it will really be remains to be seen.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | July 16, 2014 | EUROPE | |

Juncker gets the job

Luxembourgish Christian Democrat Jean-Claude Juncker will be the next head of the European Commission. At best it’s a small step towards democratic accountability.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | July 15, 2014 | ELECTIONS | 1 |

Newcomer nails it in Slovenia

Slovenians vote against official corruption, on a low turnout. The new government looks like being a centrist coalition with a solid majority.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | July 13, 2014 | ELECTIONS | 1 |

Election preview: Slovenia

Slovenia’s voters seem poised to punish the established parties for failing to deal with official corruption. A cleanskin law professor is the most likely beneficiary.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | July 11, 2014 | AUSTRALIA | 1 |

How not to address political corruption

Thirty years on, public funding of Australian election campaigns has recorded a striking lack of success at stopping corruption. As should have been expected all along.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | July 09, 2014 | AUSTRALIA | |

Election preview: Indonesia (the big one)

Indonesia’s presidential election is being billed as a vote for or against democracy. Reformist candidate Joko Widodo seems to have a narrow edge.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | July 08, 2014 | EUROPE | |

Sarkozy down but not out

Nicolas Sarkozy, under investigation for corruption, could still play a vital role in the next French presidential election.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | July 08, 2014 | EUROPE | |

Death of a peacemaker

Eduard Shevardnadze, the last Soviet foreign minister, dies peacefully in retirement. His life is worth remembering.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | July 06, 2014 | EUROPE | |

Blood and iron in Ukraine

Progress towards a resolution in eastern Ukraine has been made not by negotiation but by military action. Sad as it may be, that’s how the world often works.

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