No, not Weimar

January 24, 2018

Germany heads for another grand coalition. It's not a rerun of the 1930s, regardless of what some commentators think.

Where to next for Catalonia?

January 19, 2018

Catalonia has returned from the Christmas break to find that its constitutional crisis is no nearer a solution.

What is a country?

January 18, 2018

Appeasement of China on the travel front opens some interesting questions about what should count as a country.

Czech president seeks a new term

January 12, 2018

Czechia, on the front line against Trumpism and Putinism, prepares to pass judgement on its president.

2017 in review

January 2, 2018 3

A review of the big elections of the last year and the current state of the "populist" threat.

Catalonia one more time

December 21, 2017 2

Catalonia remains deadlocked going into regional elections, with no obvious way forward regardless of who wins.

A rocky road to Brexit

December 14, 2017

Labour has a big win in the House of Commons, leaving the British government in a much weakened position for critical talks with the EU.

A shaky new Czech government

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

November 21, 2017 12

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?

November 13, 2017 5

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