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The republic and the Republicans (French version)

Charles RichardsonApr 26, 20174 Comments

The leaders of France's main centre-right party have almost all endorsed Emmanuel Macron for his second round battle against Marine Le Pen. Their voters, however, are not so sure.

Macron's luck holds

Charles RichardsonApr 24, 20171 Comment

France's centrist walks away with the first round, and is set for a crushing victory in the runoff.

Two follow-up notes about France

Charles RichardsonApr 21, 20172 Comments

Two additional comments to make following this morning's post on France: one on betting odds and the other on the dilemma of the Australian right.

And still there were four ...

Charles RichardsonApr 21, 2017

France goes to the polls on Sunday, in an election in which Emmanuel Macron looks set to become the first centrist president since Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.

France knows what it wants, but not how to get it

Charles RichardsonApr 20, 20178 Comments

The polls unanimously tell us that Emmanuel Macron is the preferred choice for French president. The question is whether the electoral system will translate that into reality.

Tribalism trumps policy at News Corp

Charles RichardsonApr 17, 20173 Comments

A News Corp writer endorses the National Front. How many more will follow him?

A four-way race in France

Charles RichardsonApr 6, 20175 Comments

As the Socialist candidate fades, France's voters are reduced to four realistic choices for president. Emmanuel Macron remains the clear favorite, but he's not home yet.

Results on three continents

Charles RichardsonApr 4, 2017

Three generally expected election results from the weekend, although one of them was a cliffhanger.

Three quick previews: Armenia, Serbia, Ecuador

Charles RichardsonMar 31, 20171 Comment

Three elections this weekend offer contrasting lessons on the problems of presidential government.

Centre-right back in Bulgaria

Charles RichardsonMar 28, 2017

Bulgaria's election produces a very mainstream result, although the new government seems likely to rely at least partly on the far right. A small German state also gives encouragement to the mainstream parties.

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