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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.

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.

Self-determination, here and there

Charles Richardson September 28, 2017 1 Comment

Catalonia has no chance of getting a credible vote for independence this week. Kurdistan has already got one, but it's not doing it much good.

A Weimar reflection

Charles Richardson September 21, 2017

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

Understanding tribalism

Charles Richardson September 19, 2017

Recommending a survey article on tribalism in American politics.

The revolution in British politics

Charles Richardson September 6, 2017 1 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 Richardson September 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 Richardson August 29, 2017 2 Comments

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

Kurdistan’s turn

Charles Richardson August 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.