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And over the cliff we go – sort of

Charles RichardsonJan 2, 2013

A deal dragged the United States back up the fiscal cliff, and the markets loved it.

Highlights of 2012: The top 10 elections

Charles RichardsonDec 31, 20124 Comments

It was again a mixed year for elections, where the forces of change and the forces of stability both had their victories. Here's my top 10 for 2012.

Israeli Supreme Court backs democracy

Charles RichardsonDec 31, 2012

The Central Elections Committee, a largely partisan body, had again tried to narrow the options available to Israel's Arab voters by disqualifying an anti-Zionist MP. Yesterday the Supreme Court stood up for democracy.

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

Well, isn’t that interesting?

Charles RichardsonDec 30, 2012

A few days ago I said that Mario Monti, Italy's caretaker prime minister, had "l

Who’s afraid of the fiscal cliff?

Charles RichardsonDec 28, 2012

Expectations are low in Washington for reaching an agreement that would avoid the "fiscal cliff" next week. That's probably not something we should worry about too much.

Egypt’s president gets his constitution

Charles RichardsonDec 27, 20121 Comment

Results are now final for the referendum on the new Egyptian constitution: it was approved with 63.8% voting in favor,

Season’s Greetings

Charles RichardsonDec 24, 2012

The World is Not Enough would like to wish all our readers the very best for the festive season, under whatever name you know it. My view, for what it's worth, is that Chris

Date set for Berlusconi’s last ride

Charles RichardsonDec 24, 20121 Comment

It's been confirmed that Italy will go to the polls in just over two months, on 24-25 February. Prime minister Mario Monti,

Death of a conservative

Charles RichardsonDec 23, 2012

Curious that the person perhaps most responsible for politicising the US supreme court, at least in the last fifty years, never actually took his seat on the court. Such was the signifi

Dictator’s daughter takes over a divided South Korea

Charles RichardsonDec 21, 20123 Comments

No surprises in South Korea: Wednesday's presidential election resulted in a narrow but expected victory for the centre-right