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Election preview: French Senate

France’s Socialist government is likely to lose its Senate majority on Sunday, but its longer-term future may depend on how well it can exploit internal divisions in the centre-right opposition.

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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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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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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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Howard Baker, RIP

Howard Baker, who died on Thursday aged 88, led the first Republican Senate majority for a generation. His leadership style would be unwelcome among today’s Republicans.

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Far right still out in the cold

The party makeup of the new European parliament reflects a shift towards the extremes, but the far right was still unable to form a political group of its own.

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Republicans go for a moderate

Eric Cantor, who lost his primary election last week, will be replaced as majority leader by a Californian pragmatist.

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A Republican upset

In one of the biggest primary upsets anyone can remember, Republican Eric Cantor loses his party’s endorsement for his Virginia congressional district.

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Who’s afraid of Greece’s Nazis?

Warnings about the rise of Golden Dawn are worth hearing, but probably overstated.

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