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Turkey, the sick man of Europe once more

Turkey, the sick man of Europe once more

Ender BaskanJan 23, 2017

First labelled the sick man of Europe in 1853, Turkey seems again headed for catastrophe, writes Melbourne-based writer Ender Baskan.

Why Julian Assange won't give himself up to the Americans

Why Julian Assange won't give himself up to the Americans

Michael BradleyJan 20, 201716 Comments

Is Julian Assange's long stint in the Ecuadorian embassy a martyr's travail or a narcissist's temper tantrum?

Right-wing France will beat the crepe out of leftists come polling day, unless ...

Right-wing France will beat the crepe out of leftists come polling day, unless ...

Alan AustinJan 20, 20173 Comments

The left parties effectively conceded defeat by fielding six candidates, writes freelance journalist in France Alan Austin.

Rundle: the buzz of Brexit has died, now it’s just naked xenophobia

Rundle: the buzz of Brexit has died, now it’s just naked xenophobia

Guy RundleJan 18, 201718 Comments

The whole purpose of the referendum was to preserve the unity of the Tory Party, by giving the "eurosceptic" right what they wanted.

Why did voters who will suffer most under Trump give him their vote?

Why did voters who will suffer most under Trump give him their vote?

Ian McAuleyJan 13, 20179 Comments

It would be hasty to attribute the Brexit and Trump votes to a “swing to the right”, or to an ill-informed electorate. The most compelling explanations are in terms of protest votes, writes adjunct lecturer in public finance at the University of Canberra Ian McAuley.

It's hard out there for a populist: Italy's comedian-led political party struggles to find its feet

It's hard out there for a populist: Italy's comedian-led political party struggles to find its feet

Charles RichardsonJan 11, 20172 Comments

Populist parties love to represent themselves as rule-breaking mavericks. But wherever they win office, they find themselves invariably having to work with established actors in order to get anything done.

Year in review: denialism and demonisation in an anus horribilis

Year in review: denialism and demonisation in an anus horribilis

Bernard KeaneDec 23, 201627 Comments

Relying on demonisation and denialism to achieve power comes with a terrible price -- as 2016 showed across the West.

Et tu, Angela? Merkel picks politics over people

Et tu, Angela? Merkel picks politics over people

Irfan YusufDec 9, 2016

If Merkel really wants to stamp out the wearing of face veils, she will find no greater ally than the mainstream German Muslim communities.

Brexit court case could claim some high-profile wigs

Brexit court case could claim some high-profile wigs

John EldridgeDec 7, 20163 Comments

The real losers of the Brexit High Court case could be those bright minds who might have once wanted to aspire to be High Court justices, writes John Eldridge, lecturer at Sydney Law School, currently on sabbatical in Cambridge.

Spectre of right-wing populism haunts Europe as Italy, Austria went to the polls

Spectre of right-wing populism haunts Europe as Italy, Austria went to the polls

Charles RichardsonDec 6, 20165 Comments

Like many other signs this year, particularly last month's US election, these twin events warn of a rising tide of xenophobic right-wing populism.

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