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CHARLES RICHARDSON | April 23, 2015 | AUSTRALIA | |

Election (and other news) updates

This week, updates from Israel, Australia, Estonia, Finland and Northern Cyprus.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | April 20, 2015 | ELECTIONS | |

Do American parties now matter more than candidates?

Whether or not you think Hillary Clinton is pretty much a sure thing could depend on whether you think the working of the American party system has fundamentally changed.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | April 18, 2015 | ELECTIONS | |

British may stick with the coalition habit

Last time around, the British electorate returned a hung parliament for the first time since 1974. Next month it looks likely that they’ll do it again.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | April 17, 2015 | ELECTIONS | 1 |

Election preview: Finland

Proportional representation ensures that Finland’s next government will be another broad coalition, but its precise shape remains unclear. Major economic and security issues need to be addressed.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | April 14, 2015 | ELECTIONS | 1 |

Who counts as a fascist?

Hungary’s neo-fascist party wins a seat from the government at a by-election, once more posing questions about how to deal with (or even describe) the far right.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | April 07, 2015 | POLITICAL ISSUES | 2 |

Discrimination, yet again

The controversy over religious freedom in Indiana shows the ground shifting under the cultural warriors with remarkable speed.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | April 03, 2015 | AFRICA | |

Opposition win a game changer for Nigeria

Nigeria elects another former military ruler, but this time by beating the incumbent in a fair election. It represents a huge step forward.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | March 31, 2015 | ELECTIONS | 2 |

France keeps out the fascists, but at what cost?

Departmental elections in France show that its electoral system, being very like Australia’s, is stacked against third parties in much the same way. This time it was the National Front that missed out.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | March 29, 2015 | AUSTRALIA | 5 |

Why not the Greens?

Malcolm Fraser’s plan for a new political party runs into a fairly obvious objection: don’t we already have a party representing the same positions?

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | March 23, 2015 | AUSTRALIA | |

Two Cold Warriors leave the scene

Gone in the same week, Malcolm Fraser and Lee Kuan Yew. Compare and contrast.

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