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Switzerland says yes to immigrants

Charles RichardsonFeb 14, 20171 Comment

Switzerland's strict citizenship laws are relaxed slightly following a very convincing referendum victory. It's one sign that the power of xenophobia might be waning.

The luck of the centrist

Charles RichardsonFeb 10, 20171 Comment

France's progressive liberal candidate, Emmanuel Macron, could be the luckiest man in Europe. If his luck holds out, he will be in the second ballot against Marine Le Pen.

Mr Putin cashes in

Charles RichardsonFeb 6, 2017

Eastern Ukraine could be the first big test of just where appeasement of Russia will lead.

Election preview: Liechtenstein

Charles RichardsonFeb 5, 2017

Elections tonight in tiny Liechtenstein will be another (albeit small) test of the appeal of European populism.

Moment of truth for France's Socialists

Charles RichardsonJan 30, 20172 Comments

The Socialist Party's left seizes its presidential nomination. Now its moderate leadership needs to decide which way to jump.

France's Socialists veer left

Charles RichardsonJan 23, 2017

Three months out from France's presidential election, the line-up of candidates is now pretty much complete. Only a major upset will prevent Benoît Hamon winning the second round of the Socialist primary next Sunday.

A new Eurospeaker

Charles RichardsonJan 20, 2017

Amid a fractured consensus, the European parliament elects a new president, or Speaker. The tasks ahead are formidable.

Death claims two presidents

Charles RichardsonJan 12, 2017

Portugal and Iran each lose an elder statesman. One brought democracy to his country, the other helped to edge it in that direction.

The normalisation of Europe's Greens

Charles RichardsonJan 9, 20171 Comment

As the centre-right backs away from the European idea, the Greens are picking up some of the slack.

The republic and the Republicans

Charles RichardsonDec 24, 2016

A republic threatened by the tensions of empire and the rise of authoritarian demagogues. Now, where have we seen that before?

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