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Articles by Charles Richardson

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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Death of a peacemaker

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

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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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Notes on a new Senate

With any luck, Australia’s latest contingent of new senators will be the last to be elected with automatic ticket voting. The debate shows minor parties to be just as much captives to self-interest as anyone.

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Kurds move closer still to statehood

With continued chaos in Iraq, the country’s Kurds find that independence may now be within their grasp.

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Another early election for Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s deadlocked parliament is to be dissolved next month for an October election. The centre-right opposition seems to be well placed.

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