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Time to move on in Kenya

Charles RichardsonAug 11, 2017

Another disputed presidential election shows Kenyan democracy to be somewhat shaky but still functional.

Merkel stands, more or less, on her record

Charles RichardsonJul 27, 2017

With Germany's election looming, chancellor Angela Merkel is being challenged on her response to the 2015 refugee crisis.

Poland and populism

Charles RichardsonJul 17, 2017

Anti-government protests in Poland offer a window on the difference between liberals and conservatives, and also an opportunity to think about whether the authoritarian right deserves the label of "populist".

Election preview: Papua New Guinea

Charles RichardsonJul 6, 2017

A chaotic election in Papua New Guinea represents, among other things, the failings of Australian colonialism.

EOFY election roundup

Charles RichardsonJun 30, 20171 Comment

As the financial year comes to a close, we tie up some loose ends on recent electoral news.

Deadline in Belfast

Charles RichardsonJun 29, 20172 Comments

The shadow of Brexit and the precariousness of Theresa May's position are making it hard to put together a new government in Northern Ireland.

Election preview: Albania

Charles RichardsonJun 23, 2017

Albania continues to move towards political stability, with its prime minister seeking a mandate to negotiate entry to the European Union.

Georgia on their minds

Charles RichardsonJun 21, 20176 Comments

Republicans win an astronomically expensive Congressional race in Georgia, and almost lose the low-profile one in neighboring South Carolina.

France reins in its president a little

Charles RichardsonJun 19, 20173 Comments

France's president wins a parliamentary mandate: a less impressive one than seemed likely a week ago, but a remarkable achievement for all that.

A cliffhanger and a landslide, part II

Charles RichardsonJun 15, 20179 Comments

Emmanuel Macron is on track for a very big parliamentary majority. The centrist forces that in Britain swung behind Jeremy Corbyn had in France a genuine centrist to rally to.