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Articles by Charles Richardson

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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New Zealand sticks with the centre-right

New Zealand prime minister John Key has been comfortably re-elected, but his country’s voting system makes the result very different from what we would see in Australia.

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Scotland almost live

Scotland votes decisively against reclaiming its independence.

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Sweden follows the script

Sweden’s new government will almost certainly be led by the Social Democrats, but the electorate has given them something less than an enthusiastic endorsement.

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Election preview: Sweden

Sweden’s Social Democrats are eyeing a likely return to power, but putting together a parliamentary majority may be difficult.

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Change at the top in the EU

The European Union is getting a new head of state and foreign minister. The fact that they don’t call them that is a symptom of the EU’s problems.

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Left, right and centre in central Europe

Slovenia is set to get a new centre-left coalition government, which is becoming something of the norm in central Europe. Hungary remains an outstanding exception.

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Mr Abbott takes on the Scots

The Australian prime minister has a go at telling Scotland which way it should vote in next month’s independence referendum. Scots are unlikely to be impressed.

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