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Election preview: Japan

Charles Richardson October 22, 2017

Prime minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a fresh mandate, and seems unlikely to have much trouble getting it.

Election preview: Czechia

Charles Richardson October 21, 2017

A populist is set for victory in Czechia. What does that even mean?

A very quick election roundup

Charles Richardson October 20, 2017

An occasional feature. This week, Czechia, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Australia and Catalonia.

Always wait for the postals

Charles Richardson 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.

Another bad night for the centre-left

Charles Richardson October 16, 2017 1 Comment

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.

Election preview: Austria

Charles Richardson October 13, 2017 2 Comments

Scandal tarnishes the old parties in Austria, but some of the shine has come off the far right as well.

Merkel winner or Merkel loser?

Charles Richardson September 26, 2017 1 Comment

Why I think Angela Merkel's performance on Sunday was rather better than you'd think from the newspaper headlines.

Merkel wins, Jamaican

Charles Richardson September 25, 2017

The leader of the free world is returned to office in a result that will probably see her in coalition with the Greens for the first time.

Who needs thresholds, anyway?

Charles Richardson September 24, 2017

New Zealand copied its democratic electoral system from Germany, but also copied its least democratic and now pointless feature.

Labour falling short in New Zealand

Charles Richardson September 23, 2017

New Zealand's National Party government appears to have been returned, but it will have to deal with the populists to be sure of a majority.