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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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Update on freedom of speech

Fairfax publishes a prime example of how not to engage in the debate about racial vilification.

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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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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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