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Articles by Charles Richardson

The limits of Europe, part I

So is Azerbaijan in Europe or not? What about Turkey? Iceland? Morocco? The questions are never purely geographical, but they raise some difficult political problems.

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Democratic surprise in Turkey

Turkey may be set for minority government and political instability, but democracy has again shown how effective it can be in checking over-ambitious rulers.

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Election preview: Turkey

Today’s Turkish election is a crucial test for both the country’s government and its democratic credentials.

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American unbelief comes out of the closet

Another instalment in the long-running debate over the condition of religion in America.

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Poll failure in Poland

Just three days after their British debacle, Poland’s presidential election produces another embarrassing result for the opinion pollsters. The country’s conservative opposition has made a surprisingly strong showing.

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Well, that was easy

Contrary to expectation, Britain’s Conservative Party wins a parliamentary majority. But the electoral system, very much as expected, failed to give people anything like what they voted for.

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What to look for in Britain

Your handy guide to interpreting the British election results.

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Transition in the Greens

Leaving aside media hysteria about the Australian Greens’ leadership change, there’s still a problem about transparency.

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Electoral system dishes the right in Alberta

Another illustration of the unfairness of single-member electoral systems comes from Canada, this time with the right on the losing end.

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Family, fascism and respectability

France is spellbound as the National Front’s drive for modernisation is embodied in conflict within its first family.

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