Charles RichardsonFeb 14, 20171 Comment
Switzerland's strict citizenship laws are relaxed slightly following a very convincing referendum victory. It's one sign that the power of xenophobia might be waning.
Charles RichardsonFeb 8, 20176 Comments
Cory Bernardi is an anomaly among Australian conservatives. That may lead to his rapid disappearance, or it may make him uniquely dangerous.
Charles RichardsonFeb 2, 20171 Comment
The Australian government baulks at condemning Donald Trump's barbarism, for fear that its own barbarism should be undermined.
Charles RichardsonJan 30, 20172 Comments
The Socialist Party's left seizes its presidential nomination. Now its moderate leadership needs to decide which way to jump.
Charles RichardsonJan 23, 2017
Three months out from France's presidential election, the line-up of candidates is now pretty much complete. Only a major upset will prevent Benoît Hamon winning the second round of the Socialist primary next Sunday.
Charles RichardsonJan 20, 2017
Amid a fractured consensus, the European parliament elects a new president, or Speaker. The tasks ahead are formidable.
Charles RichardsonJan 9, 20171 Comment
As the centre-right backs away from the European idea, the Greens are picking up some of the slack.
Charles RichardsonDec 24, 2016
A republic threatened by the tensions of empire and the rise of authoritarian demagogues. Now, where have we seen that before?
Charles RichardsonDec 13, 2016
There's a lot happening in the electoral world. Today Romania, France, Iceland and Ghana; part II to follow tomorrow.