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A shaky new Czech government

Charles Richardson December 12, 2017

Seven weeks after its election, Czechia gets a new government, but it lacks a parliamentary majority.

Liberals confront Greens on two continents

Charles Richardson November 21, 2017 12 Comments

Both German Liberals and Australian "Liberals" are finding their lives complicated by the need to work out some sort of relationship with the Greens.

Do we really have to go through this again?

Charles Richardson November 13, 2017 5 Comments

So the Coalition no longer has a majority in the House of Representatives. Here's why that's no big deal.

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 1 Comment

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

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.

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.

OK, let’s talk about gun control

Charles Richardson October 9, 2017

Stop worrying about the Second Amendment, and worry about the culture that treats violence as acceptable and makes guns seem like a good thing.