Elections

Dutch elections: Not a populist revolt

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This time the polls overestimated rather than underestimated support for the populist option. Joris Luyendijk Al Jazeera News Not a populist revolt American or British style, but fragmentation Israeli style. That is the… Dutch elections: Not… Read More »

Trouble brewing in Netherlands as Erdogan supporters win first seats in Dutch election

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A TURKISH-DUTCH party has secured its first ever seats in the Netherlands parliament as the Turkey row… KATIE MANSFIELD Express Denk, a party founded by Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk has become the first ever ethic minority party in the Dutch… The party, which has long been accused of being a… Trouble brewing in… Read More »

A political scientist explains how big data is transforming politics

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“Big data makes it easy for candidates to dismiss their opponents.” Sean Illing Vox “Big data revolutionized the way American politicians win elections. In the process, it broke American… This was the central claim in a recent column by NBC’s Chuck Todd and Carrie Dann. The argument is simple enough: Politics “broke” because the… A political scientist… Read More »

Dutch election: PM Rutte sees off anti-EU Wilders challenge

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections, exit polls… BBC Early results confirmed the exit polls, with his centre-right VVD Party on course for 31 out of 150… Three parties are projected to win 19 seats each: Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration Freedom Party (PVV), the Christian Democrats and the… Dutch election: PM… Read More »

Dutch election’s big winner proves to be GreenLeft

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Party forecast to quadruple its MPs from four to 16 after storming campaign by young leader Jesse… Jon Henley in The Hague The Guardian The big winner of Wednesday’s election – and now the largest party of the Dutch left for the first time – was GreenLeft, headed by 30-year-old Jesse Klaver, hailed by his enthusiastic supporters as the “Jessiah”. According to a… Dutch election’s big… Read More »

What can the Dutch elections tell us about Europe?

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Coming Dutch elections are a prism to understand Europe and tell much about its institutional and cultural crisis. Silvia Mazzini and Kees Jan van Kesteren Al Jazeera News On March 15, the Dutch are going to the polls. An event that… What can the… Read More »

The Fillon affair: France’s sick democracy

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This affair reflects the very essence of a system dominated by ruling elite that serves its own financial interests. Ali Saad Al Jazeera News Ever since Francois Fillon was elected as the French conservative party, The Republicans, candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in May, he has been caught up in a controversy surrounding his wife’s “fake job” as… The Fillon affair… Read More »

‘It was a mistake’: Pauline Hanson admits preference error after One Nation vote collapses

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One Nation is set for a disastrous result at the West Australian election, prompting Pauline Hanson to say it was a mistake for the party to enter into a preference deal with the… Matthew Knott The Age With 67 per cent of the vote counted on Saturday night, One Nation was polling just 4.7 per cent of the vote in the WA lower house – far lower than… A Newspoll at the… ‘It was a… Read More »

Vladmir Putin’s battle of Berlin

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No country in Western Europe is more vulnerable to Russian propaganda than Germany. James Kirchick Politico Europeans are waking up to the fact that Russia is trying to do by peaceful means what the Soviet Union once threatened by violent ones: overthrow democratic governments. Utilizing methods both… Vladmir Putin’s battle… Read More »

What the WA election campaign says about One Nation’s future

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Days out from the WA election, there are two big questions: Will One Nation hold a balance of power in the WA senate, and what has the campaign told us about the… James Purtill ABC Who wins the election looks… Leaked internal Liberal polling suggests the party will lose government in a… What the WA… Read More »

Why the French elections will change the face of Europe

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The result of the upcoming French election will either force the EU to take a giant step backwards or rejuvenate it. Remi Piet Al Jazeera News In less than two months, French people will elect their new president. This vote will… Why the French… Read More »

French take to the street, banging pots to decry corruption

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Paris: Banging pots in anger, several hundred people in Paris are protesting corruption in French politics as the two leading presidential candidates face legal… The Age AP Left-wing activists and other frustrated voters gathered on Sunday at Place de… French take to… Read More »

Local Elections: The Coming Test for Nepal’s Constitution

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Nepal holds local elections for the first time in two… Stephen Groves The Diplomat KATHMANDU — For the first time in 20 years, Nepalis will go to the ballot box on May 14 to elect local officials, marking a significant step in consummating the Constitution passed in September… But they will do so without the consent of the… Local Elections: The… Read More »

Kenya: Avoiding Another Electoral Crisis

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Political tensions are rising in Kenya ahead of elections in August for the presidency and other senior… Murithi Mutiga ICG Measures taken now can avert the risk of a repeat of electoral violence that killed hundreds of people in… Kenyans go to the polls in August, and fierce contests are likely in the race for the… Kenya: Avoiding Another… Read More »

Don’t worry about Nexit (well, maybe just a bit)

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The Brits are leaving the EU, but will the Dutch be next? Cynthia Kroet Politico When the Dutch go to the polls on March 15, Europhiles will be watching the results with bated breath: After Brexit, will Nexit be next? With less than… Don’t worry about… Read More »

What would a wise democracy look like? We, the people, would matter

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All governments would like to overcome impasses caused by contentious issues. Janette Hartz-Karp The Conversation Particularly when they turn into a political slanging match, the result is loss of money, time and public trust. Take the decades-old… What would a… Read More »