The trials of social democracy

Charles RichardsonFeb 20, 2018 2

Centre-left parties in Germany and Italy are putting their futures on the line next week. There's a thriving industry in trying to work out what's gone wrong with social democracy.

An update on Green support

Charles RichardsonFeb 16, 2018

It's time to have another look at what's been happening to the Green vote. Unfortunately, it depends a bit on what you're trying to measure.

A resignation in South Africa

Charles RichardsonFeb 15, 2018

South Africa's odd constitutional structure witnesses another change at the top.

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Parties, elections and political ideas across the globe from an Australian perspective

February election roundup

Charles RichardsonFeb 9, 2018

Three elections and a referendum: reports from Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador and Monaco.

Italy, one month out

Charles RichardsonFeb 5, 2018

Uncertainty on several fronts surrounds next month's Italian election, which could be Silvio Berlusconi's most unlikely comeback yet.

Election preview: Costa Rica

Charles RichardsonFeb 4, 2018

A close contest looms in Costa Rica, with both Trumpism and religious fundamentalism in the mix.

Two presidents back, another in doubt

Charles RichardsonJan 30, 2018

Presidents are re-elected in Czechia and Finland – one narrowly, one very comfortably – while Cyprus's election goes to a second round next Sunday.

Election preview: Czech presidency, second round

Charles RichardsonJan 25, 2018 2

Czechia's Trumpist president is running neck-and-neck with his challenger.

No, not Weimar

Charles RichardsonJan 24, 2018

Germany heads for another grand coalition. It's not a rerun of the 1930s, regardless of what some commentators think.

Where to next for Catalonia?

Charles RichardsonJan 19, 2018

Catalonia has returned from the Christmas break to find that its constitutional crisis is no nearer a solution.