January 2, 2018 3
A review of the big elections of the last year and the current state of the "populist" threat.
December 29, 2017
Another step forward for democracy in West Africa, but it brings reminders of a brutal civil war.
December 21, 2017 2
Catalonia remains deadlocked going into regional elections, with no obvious way forward regardless of who wins.
December 19, 2017
Let's have a final look at how One Nation influenced the Queensland election. It's not at all what certain pundits would have you believe.
December 17, 2017
The last big election for 2017 sees a closely-fought contest in Chile.
December 14, 2017
Labour has a big win in the House of Commons, leaving the British government in a much weakened position for critical talks with the EU.
December 12, 2017
Seven weeks after its election, Czechia gets a new government, but it lacks a parliamentary majority.
December 8, 2017 4
Queensland's Liberal National Party finally concedes defeat. Labor's victory was less than fully convincing, but it was a major flop for One Nation.
November 21, 2017 12
Both German Liberals and Australian "Liberals" are finding their lives complicated by the need to work out some sort of relationship with the Greens.
November 13, 2017 5
So the Coalition no longer has a majority in the House of Representatives. Here's why that's no big deal.
November 8, 2017 13
Lenin and the Bolsheviks took power a century ago. Much blood has flowed under the bridge since then.
November 2, 2017 5
Catalonia is not in the midst of a revolution. But the good faith and common sense required to settle the crisis peacefully are still in short supply.
November 1, 2017 1
The Reformation turns five hundred, without ceasing to be controversial.
October 23, 2017
Another election, another bad result for the centre-left. The future direction of Czech politics is uncertain, although public opinion remains basically centrist.
October 22, 2017
Prime minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a fresh mandate, and seems unlikely to have much trouble getting it.
October 21, 2017
A populist is set for victory in Czechia. What does that even mean?
October 20, 2017
An occasional feature. This week, Czechia, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Australia and Catalonia.
October 17, 2017
Austria's far right does badly on postal votes, shifting the atmospherics a bit from the way they looked on election night.
October 16, 2017 1
No surprises in Austria, with the centre-right well in the lead and the centre-left dropping to a new low. It's also been a particularly bad night for the Greens.
October 13, 2017 2
Scandal tarnishes the old parties in Austria, but some of the shine has come off the far right as well.