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Refugee debate drags Labor along in its wake

Just go back to 2013 to understand the asylum seeker debate. Or 2011 for that matter. Nothing changes, except that Labor’s position steadily deteriorates.

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The limits of Europe, part II

Russia and Britain, for all their obvious differences, have the same sort of equivocal relationship with Europe: unmistakably European powers, but with interests and traditions that draw them elsewhere.

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Poll failure in Poland

Just three days after their British debacle, Poland’s presidential election produces another embarrassing result for the opinion pollsters. The country’s conservative opposition has made a surprisingly strong showing.

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Transition in the Greens

Leaving aside media hysteria about the Australian Greens’ leadership change, there’s still a problem about transparency.

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Family, fascism and respectability

France is spellbound as the National Front’s drive for modernisation is embodied in conflict within its first family.

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How not to support minor parties

No-one knows if reform of Australia’s strange Senate voting system will actually go ahead. Minor parties argue that it shouldn’t. Here’s why it should.

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Do American parties now matter more than candidates?

Whether or not you think Hillary Clinton is pretty much a sure thing could depend on whether you think the working of the American party system has fundamentally changed.

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British may stick with the coalition habit

Last time around, the British electorate returned a hung parliament for the first time since 1974. Next month it looks likely that they’ll do it again.

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Who counts as a fascist?

Hungary’s neo-fascist party wins a seat from the government at a by-election, once more posing questions about how to deal with (or even describe) the far right.

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Why not the Greens?

Malcolm Fraser’s plan for a new political party runs into a fairly obvious objection: don’t we already have a party representing the same positions?

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