Does monarchy help?

May 18, 2018 7

Monarchy is topical this week. Some suggest that it can be a positive force to guard against despotism, but I remain sceptical.

Catalonia gets a government at last

May 15, 2018

A new separatist premier is elected in Catalonia, by the narrowest of margins. He seems unlikely to win any friends in Madrid.

Happy birthday, Dr Marx!

May 5, 2018 3

Karl Marx turns 200, and the debate over his legacy is as lively as ever.

Not quite a revolution in Armenia

May 3, 2018

With the ruling party in disarray, the opposition edges towards power in Armenia.

Let’s talk about neoliberalism again

April 27, 2018 2

If "neoliberalism" is a real thing, is it something we can blame the liberal thinkers of last century for? Or would they be just as troubled by it as we are?

Armenia scores one for democracy

April 24, 2018

People power succeeds in forcing Armenia's prime minister from office after a week of protests; fresh elections are on the cards.

Two elections and an “election”, plus more Trump and Brexit

April 21, 2018 1

This week's electoral news is from Paraguay, Turkey, Cuba, the United States and the United Kingdom.

A conservative crosses the floor

April 19, 2018

In the fascinating politics of America's Supreme Court, Donald Trump's appointee shows he has an unpredictable streak.

Recommended weekly reading

April 18, 2018 1

A new feature: links to some recent material that readers should find interesting.

Still no way forward in Catalonia

April 9, 2018

Catalonia's fugitive independence leader is free again, but his cause is in as much disarray as ever.