A month of no progress in Italy

April 11, 2018

Italy's post-election deadlock continues, as obstinacy on the centre-left raises the likelihood of the far right taking power.

Election preview: Hungary

April 8, 2018

Central Europe's most illiberal leader faces the voters, helped by a voting system designed for his own benefit.

Italy: populists and populism

March 13, 2018

Will Italy's rival populists get together? Or does that idea rest on a misunderstanding?

The fantasy world of Brexit

March 9, 2018 2

Attempts to square the Brexit circle remain unsuccessful. But do the Tory Brexiters really care?

Options for Italy, revisited

March 6, 2018

The Italian results might look complicated, but they really boil down to just two options.

The centre strikes back

March 5, 2018

Germany can finally get a new government after the Social Democrats vote resoundingly in favor of a coalition with the centre-right.

Election preview: Italy

March 4, 2018

The centre-left's predicament in Italy probably looks worse than it is. But in the circumstances that's not much consolation.

Options for Italy

February 27, 2018 2

A refractory populist bloc and an octogenarian kingmaker pose big problems for forming government in Italy.

The trials of social democracy

February 20, 2018 3

Centre-left parties in Germany and Italy are putting their futures on the line next week. There's a thriving industry in trying to work out what's gone wrong with social democracy.

An update on Green support

February 16, 2018

It's time to have another look at what's been happening to the Green vote. Unfortunately, it depends a bit on what you're trying to measure.