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A Weimar reflection

Charles RichardsonSep 21, 2017

Some thoughts on the problem of political extremism, from the birthplace of German republicanism.

Left falls short in Norway

Charles RichardsonSep 14, 2017

Norway's government is returned, partly due to the electoral system. Next stop, New Zealand and Germany.

Election preview: Norway

Charles RichardsonSep 11, 2017

The non-rise of European populism continues, with Norway's establishment parties facing off in a close election.

The revolution in British politics

Charles RichardsonSep 6, 20171 Comment

Britain's debate on the terms of Brexit seems to be producing a fundamental party realignment, as Labour commits itself to support of the single market. How far can this go?

Europe heads for a Turkish divorce

Charles RichardsonSep 4, 2017

As Turkish membership of the EU disappears from the agenda, Angela Merkel can at least claim the virtue of consistency. But it remains a major policy failure.

Countries that love their immigrants

Charles RichardsonAug 29, 20172 Comments

Australia scores well on a world survey of attitudes to immigrants, but the implications for political debate are not entirely clear.

Germany, one month out

Charles RichardsonAug 24, 2017

Germany votes in a month's time, and the polls are giving plenty of encouragement to Angela Merkel.

Kurdistan’s turn

Charles RichardsonAug 22, 2017

Iraq's Kurds say they're pushing forward with a referendum on independence, but the nature of their strategy remains a little unclear.


Charles RichardsonAug 18, 20171 Comment

Some further thoughts on the moral catastrophe that is Trumpism.

Can you get rid of presidential government?

Charles RichardsonAug 4, 20175 Comments

Events in Venezuela and the United States again cast doubt on the "separation of powers" constitutional model. Can it be reformed or replaced?