Obama and Senate compete on immigration reform

Charles RichardsonJan 29, 2013

A bipartisan Senate group comes out with a bold plan for US immigration reform, pre-empting the president's own proposals. But can either of them overcome the Republican rhetoric of "border protection"?

Czechs get a new president

Charles RichardsonJan 28, 2013

The new Czech president comes from the left but won the support of incumbent Václav Klaus as well as opponents of austerity. It's an interesting combination.

A theoglogical view of nuclear weapons

Charles RichardsonJan 25, 2013 2

Iran stresses the importance of Ayatollah Khamenei's fatwa against nuclear weapons. Should we take him seriously?

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Jordan stays ahead of the revolution, so far

Charles RichardsonJan 25, 2013 3

This week's election in Jordan was a less then fully democratic exercise. But King Abdullah II has so far succeeded in steering a moderate course through the perils of the Arab Spring.

Debt ceiling crisis over, for a while

Charles RichardsonJan 24, 2013

Congressional Republicans give in and vote to suspend America's debt ceiling for three months. So where's the next crisis?

Netanyahu back, with some choices to make

Charles RichardsonJan 23, 2013

Israel's election results are almost final: the precise number doesn't make much difference to Benjamin Netanyahu's options, but his drop in support might be psychologically important.

How to read Israeli election results

Charles RichardsonJan 23, 2013 1

A quick guide to following the Israeli election results.

Progressive? liberal? socialist? Where is Obama coming from?

Charles RichardsonJan 22, 2013 2

Obama's second inaugural seems to have reinforced the narrative that he's a believer in big government. Here's why we should be sceptical about that.

Cliffhanger election boosts Germany’s liberals

Charles RichardsonJan 21, 2013

Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats went down to defeat in a cliffhanger state election in Germany yesterday. But it's not all bad news for them, since a liberal revival is a good omen for their national prospects.

Austria votes to keep conscription

Charles RichardsonJan 21, 2013 2

Austrians voted yesterday to retain military conscription, in a victory for the centre-right ahead of this year's general election. But that's very much going against the trend in Europe. It's also something of a reversal of the usual position.