Italy: populists and populism

Charles RichardsonMar 13, 2018

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

The fantasy world of Brexit

Charles RichardsonMar 9, 2018 2

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

Options for Italy, revisited

Charles RichardsonMar 6, 2018

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

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

Italy’s choice

Charles RichardsonMar 5, 2018 2

As Italian results come in, Silvio Berlusconi fades to irrelevance and the Five Star Movement faces a momentous choice.

The centre strikes back

Charles RichardsonMar 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

Charles RichardsonMar 4, 2018

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

Election preview: Tasmania

Charles RichardsonMar 1, 2018

A Liberal government with a reduced majority looks the most likely outcome from Saturday's state election.

Options for Italy

Charles RichardsonFeb 27, 2018 2

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

The trials of social democracy

Charles RichardsonFeb 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

Charles RichardsonFeb 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.