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Articles by Charles Richardson

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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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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Two Cold Warriors leave the scene

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

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France’s far right eyes a new milestone

Departmental elections in France see the National Front running neck and neck with the major parties. How they respond to the threat may determine the shape of the next presidential election.

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Yet another Israeli election

Don’t expect much in the way of dramatic change either way from Israel’s early election.

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Culture, capitalism and destruction

Is it reasonable to compare the destruction wrought by Islamic State with some of the faults of modern capitalism?

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Is a Chinese endgame coming?

A China expert offers reasons to expect Communist rule to run into trouble sooner rather than later. Australia, as usual, has its head in the sand.

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Election preview: Estonia

Estonia provides another example of co-operation between centre-left and free marketeers, but this time security issues seem to be uppermost in the voters’ minds.

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A free-marketeer beats the right in Hungary

Hungary’s opposition wins a key by-election, with a message that says something important about European party systems.

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Another ceasefire, but the war continues

Another ceasefire falters in Ukraine. It’s clear what the Ukrainian government is trying to achieve, but Russia’s war aims are less obvious.

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