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Recommended weekly reading

Recommended weekly reading

A new feature: links to some recent material that readers should find interesting.

Sri Lanka completes its upheaval

Sri Lanka completes its upheaval

Sri Lanka's new president succeeds in getting a parliament that's less likely to show loyalty to his discredited predecessor.

The limits of Europe, part II

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.

Close elections start the year

Close elections start the year

The psephological year kicks off with presidential elections in Sri Lanka and Croatia, both upset victories by narrow margins.

Blair, Iraq and Afghanistan

Blair, Iraq and Afghanistan

The successful conduct of an election in Afghanistan provides an interesting counterpoint to Tony Blair's call for a new intervention in Iraq.

Another look at those Indian numbers

Another look at those Indian numbers

India's election result would have looked very different under a proportional system. But in politics, perception quickly becomes reality.

The system produces an Indian landslide

The system produces an Indian landslide

Narendra Modi will lead India with a big parliamentary majority, even though most people voted for someone else. Don't expect the media to tell you such inconvenient truths.

Waiting on a big result in India

Waiting on a big result in India

India waits on results after the biggest election in the world's history. Exit polls suggest an opposition landslide, but perhaps shouldn't be taken at face value.

Election news from around the world

Election news from around the world

This week in our semi-regular roundup: news from Serbia, Slovakia, El Salvador, Maldives and Algeria.

Election preview: Maldives

Election preview: Maldives

The Maldives Supreme Court has taken a hand in tomorrow's legislative election by sacking the heads of the Electoral Commission.