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Articles by Charles Richardson

We warn the Turks

Turkey is headed back to the polls, in an election that’s unlikely to solve anything but may give the country’s fractious opposition parties another opportunity.

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Sri Lanka completes its upheaval

Sri Lanka’s new president succeeds in getting a parliament that’s less likely to show loyalty to his discredited predecessor.

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Is preferential voting really that difficult?

The surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn as Britain’s next Labour leader shows the depth of disenchantment with modern politics. But it also shows up the British failure to understand democratic voting.

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Libertarians vs conservatives, again

The Cato Institute sponsors a debate and then surveys the audience, with revealing results.

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Canada’s opposition needs to beat the system

Canadians keep voting for a centre-left government, but they’re having an inordinate amount of trouble getting one.

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Refugee debate drags Labor along in its wake

Just go back to 2013 to understand the asylum seeker debate. Or 2011 for that matter. Nothing changes, except that Labor’s position steadily deteriorates.

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OK, one more post about Greece

Fallout from the Greek crisis has put serious constitutional reform of the European Union onto the agenda. That doesn’t mean it will happen, and certainly not quickly.

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Fascism and the royals

No-one actually thinks the queen was a Nazi at age seven, but that’s not what this particular controversy is about.

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If not peace, what?

Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have good reasons for not being too explicit about what their alternative is.

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Greece says “Yes” – sort of

Greece and its eurozone creditors reach a deal of sorts, but it does little credit to most of the participants. More than ever, Europe’s problems can be seen as political, not economic.

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