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Articles by Charles Richardson

Romania gets a German president

Romania’s voters show they don’t want to give their prime minister a promotion, opting instead for an ethnic German from the centre-right.

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Catalonia’s “yes” vote is just the beginning

No surprise that the “yes” vote won a big victory in Catalonia’s independence referendum. The question is whether it was big enough to bring the central government to the negotiating table.

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US midterm elections live (more or less) coverage

Regular updates on the US midterm elections, with Senate control still in doubt.

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Two steps forward, one back in Tunisia

Tunisian voters deliver a check to the Islamists, opting instead for secular forces with a link to the authoritarian past. But it’s good to have a choice.

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Four elections in one day

A summary of yesterday’s four elections, in Brazil, Ukraine, Tunisia and Uruguay.

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Fragile ceasefire still holds in Ukraine

Ukraine’s ceasefire with its separatists has succeeded in stopping most of the fighting, but a permanent solution to the conflict still seems a long way off.

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Bosnia & Herzegovina: still not looking like a real country

Elections at the weekend in Bosnia & Herzegovina show that ethnic division is still the overriding reality, despite some obvious public dissatisfaction.

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Economics trumps language in Belgium

Belgium finally gets a new government: a centre-right pro-business coalition held together by economic policy rather than by linguistic consensus.

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Election preview: Brazil

Tomorrow sees the first round of an interesting three-way contest for president of Brazil, which seems to have been transformed by a plane crash.

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Election preview: French Senate

France’s Socialist government is likely to lose its Senate majority on Sunday, but its longer-term future may depend on how well it can exploit internal divisions in the centre-right opposition.

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