May, 2018

Catalonia gets a government at last

, May 15, 2018

A new separatist premier is elected in Catalonia, by the narrowest of margins. He seems unlikely to win any friends in Madrid.

Election preview: East Timor

, May 12, 2018

Constitutional shenanigans have led to an unnecessary early election in East Timor, but its democracy seems to be still functioning.

Election preview: Malaysia

, May 09, 2018

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If Malaysia was a democracy, the opposition would already be in power. As it is, they look like missing out again.

Lebanon goes to the polls at last

, May 08, 2018

Lebanon's long-delayed general election is a poor result for its prime minister, but he may still contrive to keep his job.

Not quite a revolution in Armenia

, May 03, 2018

With the ruling party in disarray, the opposition edges towards power in Armenia.

Armenia scores one for democracy

, Apr 24, 2018

People power succeeds in forcing Armenia's prime minister from office after a week of protests; fresh elections are on the cards.

Two elections and an “election”, plus more Trump and Brexit

, Apr 21, 2018

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This week's electoral news is from Paraguay, Turkey, Cuba, the United States and the United Kingdom.

A month of no progress in Italy

, Apr 11, 2018

Italy's post-election deadlock continues, as obstinacy on the centre-left raises the likelihood of the far right taking power.

Still no way forward in Catalonia

, Apr 09, 2018

Catalonia's fugitive independence leader is free again, but his cause is in as much disarray as ever.

Election preview: Hungary

, Apr 08, 2018

Central Europe's most illiberal leader faces the voters, helped by a voting system designed for his own benefit.

Easter election roundup

, Apr 03, 2018

Election news from around the world. This week: Costa Rica, Egypt, Sierra Leone and New Caledonia.

An alarming runoff in Costa Rica

, Mar 29, 2018

Costa Ricans get to choose on Sunday between two presidential candidates with the same surname. Polling suggests that the fundamentalist has the edge.

Election preview: Russia

, Mar 18, 2018

Russia's presidential election, or "election", doesn't require much analysis, but it still raises some interesting issues.

Election preview: South Australia

, Mar 16, 2018

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South Australians go to the polls, with little reason to think that the electoral system will reflect their wishes.

Italy: populists and populism

, Mar 13, 2018

Will Italy's rival populists get together? Or does that idea rest on a misunderstanding?

Options for Italy, revisited

, Mar 06, 2018

The Italian results might look complicated, but they really boil down to just two options.

Italy’s choice

, Mar 05, 2018

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As Italian results come in, Silvio Berlusconi fades to irrelevance and the Five Star Movement faces a momentous choice.

Election preview: Italy

, Mar 04, 2018

The centre-left's predicament in Italy probably looks worse than it is. But in the circumstances that's not much consolation.

Election preview: Tasmania

, Mar 01, 2018

A Liberal government with a reduced majority looks the most likely outcome from Saturday's state election.

Options for Italy

, Feb 27, 2018

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A refractory populist bloc and an octogenarian kingmaker pose big problems for forming government in Italy.