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A rocky road to Brexit

Charles Richardson 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.

Liberals confront Greens on two continents

Charles Richardson November 21, 2017 12 Comments

Both German Liberals and Australian "Liberals" are finding their lives complicated by the need to work out some sort of relationship with the Greens.

Live from Catalonia

Charles Richardson November 2, 2017 5 Comments

Catalonia is not in the midst of a revolution. But the good faith and common sense required to settle the crisis peacefully are still in short supply.

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.