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Articles by Charles Richardson

Ukraine loses a prime minister

Ukraine looks set for parliamentary elections later this year, to complete the political transformation set in train by February’s revolution.

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Some thoughts about “terrorism”

Terrorism everywhere, it seems: Ukraine, Iraq, Gaza. Or are we using the label as a substitute for serious thought?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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