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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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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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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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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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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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Coalition with a conscience?

It looks as if the Liberal Party is likely to get a conscience vote on introducing same-sex marriage in Australia. The interesting question is what it will do with it.

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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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