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Holiday reading

As usual, news is a bit thin at this time of the year, but for those who are looking for holiday reading in the political sphere I’ve put together some links to interesting stuff that I’ve come across recently.

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Turkey, again

Another Turkish election looks like throwing up the same options as the last one.

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We warn the Turks

Turkey is headed back to the polls, in an election that’s unlikely to solve anything but may give the country’s fractious opposition parties another opportunity.

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If not peace, what?

Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have good reasons for not being too explicit about what their alternative is.

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The limits of Europe, part I

So is Azerbaijan in Europe or not? What about Turkey? Iceland? Morocco? The questions are never purely geographical, but they raise some difficult political problems.

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Democratic surprise in Turkey

Turkey may be set for minority government and political instability, but democracy has again shown how effective it can be in checking over-ambitious rulers.

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Election preview: Turkey

Today’s Turkish election is a crucial test for both the country’s government and its democratic credentials.

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Atheism and Islam

It’s hard to credit that Saudi Arabia has proportionately as many atheists as the United States, but it’s a question that quickly runs into terminological problems.

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Election (and other news) updates

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

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Yet another Israeli election

Don’t expect much in the way of dramatic change either way from Israel’s early election.

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