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A free-marketeer beats the right in Hungary

Hungary’s opposition wins a key by-election, with a message that says something important about European party systems.

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Another ceasefire, but the war continues

Another ceasefire falters in Ukraine. It’s clear what the Ukrainian government is trying to achieve, but Russia’s war aims are less obvious.

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Greece’s new government with an uphill task

Greek voters have put their trust in the radical left, but the new government will have to convince Europe’s power-brokers that it’s worth cutting a deal.

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Election preview: Greece

Greece looks like electing a radical left government tomorrow. The uncertainty is over just how radical it will be, and what that will mean for Greece’s future in Europe.

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Close elections start the year

The psephological year kicks off with presidential elections in Sri Lanka and Croatia, both upset victories by narrow margins.

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OK, let’s talk about free speech

It’s human rights commissioners at twenty paces, as Australia argues about the meaning of free speech and the local implications of the massacre in Paris.

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Sanctions, east and west

American sanctions against Cuba have had more than fifty years to work, but haven’t. Sanctions against Russia, however, are doing unexpectedly well.

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UKIP scores again

The UK Independence Party wins itself a second seat in the House of Commons. It’s bad news for the Conservatives, and not much joy for Labour or the Lib Dems either.

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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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