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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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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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What a dreadful electoral system this is!

For those who wanted a demonstration of the faults of a non-proportional electoral system, Britain is now providing it in spades.

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Election (and other news) updates

This week, updates from Israel, Australia, Estonia, Finland and Northern Cyprus.

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British may stick with the coalition habit

Last time around, the British electorate returned a hung parliament for the first time since 1974. Next month it looks likely that they’ll do it again.

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Election preview: Finland

Proportional representation ensures that Finland’s next government will be another broad coalition, but its precise shape remains unclear. Major economic and security issues need to be addressed.

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Who counts as a fascist?

Hungary’s neo-fascist party wins a seat from the government at a by-election, once more posing questions about how to deal with (or even describe) the far right.

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France keeps out the fascists, but at what cost?

Departmental elections in France show that its electoral system, being very like Australia’s, is stacked against third parties in much the same way. This time it was the National Front that missed out.

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