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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?

World election news, part II

Charles RichardsonDec 16, 2016

More world electoral news (an occasional feature). Today Macedonia, Bulgaria, Italy and Gambia.

World election news, part I

Charles RichardsonDec 13, 2016

There's a lot happening in the electoral world. Today Romania, France, Iceland and Ghana; part II to follow tomorrow.

Election previews: Macedonia and Romania

Charles RichardsonDec 11, 2016

Two almost-neighboring countries in south-eastern Europe go to the polls tonight, in the last major elections of 2016.

Italy, Austria and the authoritarian dilemma

Charles RichardsonDec 4, 2016

A referendum in Italy and a runoff election are both tests of Europe's political future.

So, farewell then, François Hollande

Charles RichardsonDec 2, 2016

France's president decides to bow out of a contest that seemed hopeless. But it's not clear that his party will do any better in his absence.

Fillon's triumph sets up a centre-left dilemma

Charles RichardsonNov 29, 2016

No surprises in the second round of France's Republican primary, but it foreshadows a fascinating presidential election in five months' time.

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