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A very quick election roundup

Charles Richardson October 20, 2017

An occasional feature. This week, Czechia, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Australia and Catalonia.

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.

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?

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.

Brexit moves east

Charles Richardson April 18, 2017 1 Comment

Another victory for authoritarianism, this time in Turkey, but the closeness of the result conveys some hope for the future.

Another lesson for direct-election republicans

Charles Richardson March 7, 2017

The lesson of Macedonia is another belated vindication of Malcolm Turnbull's position in the 1999 referendum.

Northern Ireland slipping away

Charles Richardson March 6, 2017 1 Comment

Northern Ireland's election shows another fault line developing in the United Kingdom with a strong swing away from Unionism.

Switzerland says yes to immigrants

Charles Richardson February 14, 2017 1 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.

World election news, part II

Charles Richardson December 16, 2016

More world electoral news (an occasional feature). Today Macedonia, Bulgaria, Italy and Gambia.