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France's Socialists veer left

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.

A new Eurospeaker

Charles RichardsonJan 20, 2017

Amid a fractured consensus, the European parliament elects a new president, or Speaker. The tasks ahead are formidable.

Democracy on the march in West Africa

Charles RichardsonJan 19, 2017

Conflict looms in Gambia over a contested election result, but it's likely to be very one-sided.

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Parties, elections and political ideas across the globe from an Australian perspective

Update on fake news

Charles RichardsonJan 13, 20171 Comment

Three points to make as a supplement to Monday's post on fake news and free speech.

Death claims two presidents

Charles RichardsonJan 12, 2017

Portugal and Iran each lose an elder statesman. One brought democracy to his country, the other helped to edge it in that direction.

Fake news and free speech

Charles RichardsonJan 9, 20174 Comments

Peter Singer suggests a partial remedy for the "fake news" epidemic, but it raises some deep problems.

The normalisation of Europe's Greens

Charles RichardsonJan 9, 20171 Comment

As the centre-right backs away from the European idea, the Greens are picking up some of the slack.

What does Israel want?

Charles RichardsonJan 5, 20171 Comment

The season of peace and goodwill has produced little of either in the Middle East. But as a negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians looks ever more remote, no-one seems willing to spell out the alternatives.

The republic and the Republicans

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?

World election news, part II

Charles RichardsonDec 16, 2016

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

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