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The Bolshevik putsch, 100 years on

Charles Richardson November 8, 2017 13 Comments

Lenin and the Bolsheviks took power a century ago. Much blood has flowed under the bridge since then.

Live from Catalonia

Charles Richardson November 2, 2017 5 Comments

Catalonia is not in the midst of a revolution. But the good faith and common sense required to settle the crisis peacefully are still in short supply.

Luther at 500

Charles Richardson November 1, 2017

The Reformation turns five hundred, without ceasing to be controversial.

Czechs swing rightwards

Charles Richardson October 23, 2017

Another election, another bad result for the centre-left. The future direction of Czech politics is uncertain, although public opinion remains basically centrist.

Election preview: Czechia

Charles Richardson October 21, 2017

A populist is set for victory in Czechia. What does that even mean?

A very quick election roundup

Charles Richardson October 20, 2017

An occasional feature. This week, Czechia, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Australia and Catalonia.

Always wait for the postals

Charles Richardson October 17, 2017

Austria's far right does badly on postal votes, shifting the atmospherics a bit from the way they looked on election night.

Another bad night for the centre-left

Charles Richardson October 16, 2017 1 Comment

No surprises in Austria, with the centre-right well in the lead and the centre-left dropping to a new low. It's also been a particularly bad night for the Greens.

Election preview: Austria

Charles Richardson October 13, 2017 2 Comments

Scandal tarnishes the old parties in Austria, but some of the shine has come off the far right as well.

Catalonia’s descent into madness

Charles Richardson October 3, 2017 7 Comments

By forcibly attempting to prevent a vote on Catalan independence, the Spanish government plays into the nationalists' hands.