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Charles RichardsonAug 18, 2017

Some further thoughts on the moral catastrophe that is Trumpism.

Who's afraid of Alfred Deakin?

Charles RichardsonAug 16, 20173 Comments

Judith Brett argues that Malcolm Turnbull should have learned some lessons from Alfred Deakin, but perhaps the problem is that his opponents have already been learning them.

Can you get rid of presidential government?

Charles RichardsonAug 4, 20174 Comments

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

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 pulls back

Charles RichardsonJul 25, 2017

Poland's plan to bring its judiciary under government control hits an unexpected roadblock. Presidential initiative isn't always a bad thing.

Yet another view of neoliberalism

Charles RichardsonJul 20, 20172 Comments

An American liberal's interpretation of "neoliberalism" explores the messaging strategy of the left.

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".

The war against Arab democracy

Charles RichardsonJul 3, 20173 Comments

The conflict with Qatar is fundamentally about the possibility of democracy in the Arab world. That's why Saudi and Trumpian autocrats are on the same side.

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.

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.