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Election preview: Germany

Charles RichardsonSep 23, 2017

Germans look set to vote their chancellor a fourth term, but the shape of her next government remains unclear.

Election preview: New Zealand

Charles RichardsonSep 22, 2017

Tomorrow's New Zealand election is too close to call, but the centre-right government looks to have its nose in front.

A Weimar reflection

Charles RichardsonSep 21, 2017

Some thoughts on the problem of political extremism, from the birthplace of German republicanism.

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

Understanding tribalism

Charles RichardsonSep 19, 2017

Recommending a survey article on tribalism in American politics.

New Zealand a week out

Charles RichardsonSep 16, 2017

New Zealand votes on the same weekend as Germany, with some interesting similarities and contrasts.

Left falls short in Norway

Charles RichardsonSep 14, 2017

Norway's government is returned, partly due to the electoral system. Next stop, New Zealand and Germany.

Election preview: Norway

Charles RichardsonSep 11, 2017

The non-rise of European populism continues, with Norway's establishment parties facing off in a close election.

The revolution in British politics

Charles RichardsonSep 6, 20171 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?

Europe heads for a Turkish divorce

Charles RichardsonSep 4, 2017

As Turkish membership of the EU disappears from the agenda, Angela Merkel can at least claim the virtue of consistency. But it remains a major policy failure.

Countries that love their immigrants

Charles RichardsonAug 29, 20172 Comments

Australia scores well on a world survey of attitudes to immigrants, but the implications for political debate are not entirely clear.