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CHARLES RICHARDSON | July 08, 2014 | EUROPE | |

Death of a peacemaker

Eduard Shevardnadze, the last Soviet foreign minister, dies peacefully in retirement. His life is worth remembering.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | July 06, 2014 | EUROPE | |

Blood and iron in Ukraine

Progress towards a resolution in eastern Ukraine has been made not by negotiation but by military action. Sad as it may be, that’s how the world often works.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | July 05, 2014 | AUSTRALIA | 4 |

Notes on a new Senate

With any luck, Australia’s latest contingent of new senators will be the last to be elected with automatic ticket voting. The debate shows minor parties to be just as much captives to self-interest as anyone.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | July 04, 2014 | MIDDLE EAST | |

Kurds move closer still to statehood

With continued chaos in Iraq, the country’s Kurds find that independence may now be within their grasp.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | July 01, 2014 | ELECTIONS | |

Another early election for Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s deadlocked parliament is to be dissolved next month for an October election. The centre-right opposition seems to be well placed.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | June 29, 2014 | PARTY MATTERS | |

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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CHARLES RICHARDSON | June 25, 2014 | ELECTIONS | |

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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CHARLES RICHARDSON | June 24, 2014 | ELECTIONS | |

Britain vs Europe, yet again

David Cameron is fighting against the likely nominee for the presidency of the European Commission – not just because he thinks it’s the wrong choice (although he does), but because he has a different view about the process.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | June 23, 2014 | AFRICA | |

A flawed election in Mauritania

Mauritania’s president is re-elected overwhelmingly in an election boycotted by the major opposition forces. It’s an improvement on naked dictatorship, but well short of real democracy.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | June 21, 2014 | ELECTIONS | 1 |

Indexing democracy

The Economist publishes its latest Democracy Index, raising some interesting questions about just what it’s trying to measure.

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