A Weimar reflection

Charles RichardsonSep 21, 2017

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

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.

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

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, 2017 1

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, 2017 2

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

Germany, one month out

Charles RichardsonAug 24, 2017

Germany votes in a month's time, and the polls are giving plenty of encouragement to Angela Merkel.

Kurdistan’s turn

Charles RichardsonAug 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.