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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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And so it came to this

A hundred years ago, Europe descended into the nightmare of the First World War. Could something like it happen again?

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Ukraine loses a prime minister

Ukraine looks set for parliamentary elections later this year, to complete the political transformation set in train by February’s revolution.

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Some thoughts about “terrorism”

Terrorism everywhere, it seems: Ukraine, Iraq, Gaza. Or are we using the label as a substitute for serious thought?

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Juncker gets the job

Luxembourgish Christian Democrat Jean-Claude Juncker will be the next head of the European Commission. At best it’s a small step towards democratic accountability.

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Newcomer nails it in Slovenia

Slovenians vote against official corruption, on a low turnout. The new government looks like being a centrist coalition with a solid majority.

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Election preview: Slovenia

Slovenia’s voters seem poised to punish the established parties for failing to deal with official corruption. A cleanskin law professor is the most likely beneficiary.

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Sarkozy down but not out

Nicolas Sarkozy, under investigation for corruption, could still play a vital role in the next French presidential election.

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Death of a peacemaker

Eduard Shevardnadze, the last Soviet foreign minister, dies peacefully in retirement. His life is worth remembering.

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