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Conservatives Sign Agreement with the DUP

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Via the BBC:  Conservatives agree pact with DUP to support May government Under the so-called “confidence and supply” arrangement, the DUP will line up behind the government in key votes, such as on the Queen’s Speech and Budgets, which would threaten the government’s survival if they were lost. They will also back Theresa May on […]

Helmut Kohl, Chancellor Who Reunited Germany, Dies at 87

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Helmut Kohl, who served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1982 to 1989 and then presided over the reunification with East Germany, has died at age 87: Helmut Kohl, a towering postwar figure who reunified Germany after 45 years of Cold War antagonism, propelled a deeply held vision of Europe’s integration and earned plaudits from […]

Macron’s Centrist Party Scores Big Wins In French Legislative Elections

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The political party formed by French President Emmanuel Macron just about a year ago scored big wins in yesterday’s first round of legislative elections.

Web Censorship in Turkey

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More examples of growing authoritarianism in Turkey via the NYT:  Turks Click Away, but Wikipedia Is Gone Wikipedia is just one of 127,000 websites blocked in Turkey, estimated Professor Akdeniz, who has led legal challenges against the Wikipedia ban and other web restrictions. An additional 95,000 pages, like social media accounts, blog posts and articles, are […]

British Election Leads To Hung Parliament, Theresa May Forms Uncertain Coalition

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A massive political miscalculation by Theresa May leads to an uncertain future in the United Kingdom.

British Voters Head To The Polls In The Wake Of Campaign Marred By Terror Attacks

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Great Britain heads to the polls today.

Six Killed, Dozens Injured, In Late Night Terror Attack In London

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Another night of terror in the United Kingdom.

Polling and the French Election

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Since a lot of people have had their faith in polling shaken by Brexit and the Trump win (which was not the error some have made it out to be, btw), I recommend the following from Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight: Le Pen Is Just A Gargantuan Polling Error Behind Macron. Macron’s advantage over Le Pen has been […]

Macron Scores Decisive Win Over Le Pen In French Presidential Election

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Centrist candidate Emmanuelle Macron scored a decisive win over the far-right Marine Le Pen in today’s runoff round of the French Presidential election.

Macron Holds Decisive Lead Over Le Pen As French Election Heads Into Final Hours

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Emmanuel Macron holds a decisive lead over Marine Le Pen as the French Presidential election heads into its final hours.

Today in “Asked and Answered” (French Election Edition)

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Ross Douthat asks:  Is There a Case for Le Pen? I answer:  no, no there isn’t. That concludes today’s edition of “Asked and Answered.” Side note:  because one can tease out things a politician has said that might be reasonable, or that one could see raising legitimate issues worthy of debate is not the same […]

Macron and Le Pen Advance To Runoff In French Presidential Election

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French voters face a stark choice in the May 7th runoff for President. Hopefully, they’ll make the correct choice.

France: Electoral Rules Matter

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While the final numbers are not in, it would appear that Emmanuel Macron will win the plurality of the vote in the first round of of France’s presidential elections and Marianne Le Pen will come in second.  Due to the use of a two-round system that requires an absolute majority of the vote to win the […]

British Prime Minister Calls For Snap Election On June 8th

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A political surprise in Great Britain as Prime Minister Theresa May calls a snap election for June 8th.

Changes in Turkey

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By a narrow margin, Turks voted for some significant changes.

French Presidential Elections on the Horizon

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A week from today the French hold the first round in their presidential elections. See Matthew Shugart at Fruits and Votes for some France 2017 presidential scenarios.

U.S.-Russian Relations Hit a New Low

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It’s been a bad week for U.S.-Russian relations.

Explosions At St. Petersburg Subway Stations Kill At Least Ten

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An apparent terrorist attack in Russia’s second largest city.

The French Elections and the Russians

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Via The Economist is an interesting piece on the French presidential campaign:  France’s presidential race is a clash of worldviews.  The first paragraph raises an interesting point on the current state of world politics: WHAT did Marine Le Pen, the head of France’s National Front, expect to gain by visiting Moscow on March 24th? Her core […]

Britain To Trigger Beginning Of Brexit Process On March 29th

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that she will formally invoke Article 50 of the European Union treaty on March 29th, thus officially beginning a Brexit process likely to take years.

Scottish First Minister Calls For Another Scottish Independence Vote

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Scotland’s First Minister is calling for another independence vote in the wake of the beginning of the Brexit process, but she’s unlikely to get it.

That Moment when you Realize the Best Picture is Selected more Democratically than is POTUS…

Actually, I already new that (indeed, even the older FPTP system is more democratic than the electoral college) but I was listening to a podcast yesterday that mentioned the Oscar’s voting procedure and it hit me that that was a good way to bring, in at least small measure, some attention to how voting rules […]

Mattis Right on NATO

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My latest is out at RealClearDefense.

Speaker Of British House Of Commons Says No Address By Trump

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When she came to visit President Trump during his first week in office, British Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to visit the United Kingdom. It has since been reported that such a visit, which apparently has not been scheduled, would be a formal state visit that would include an audience with Queen Elizabeth II […]

British Prime Minister Theresa May Aiming For A ‘Hard Brexit’

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British Prime Minister Theresa May made it clear that she intends to move forward with Brexit.

Another Example of Growing Nationalism (and the Putin Connection)

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Via the NYT:  Austria’s Far Right Signs a Cooperation Pact With Putin’s Party The leader of the Austrian far-right Freedom Party has signed what he called a cooperation agreement with Russia’s ruling party and recently met with Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the designated national security adviser to President-elect Donald J. Trump of the United States. […]

Apparent Berlin Terror Attack Kills 12, Injures Dozens

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Another attack in what has been a bloody 2016 for Europe.

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Assassinated In Ankara

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The situation in the Middle East just potentially became much more complicated.

French President Francois Hollande Won’t Run For Re-Election

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French President Francois Fillon announced today that he would not run for a second term as President of France: PARIS — President François Hollande stunned France on Thursday when he announced that he would not run for a second term in next year’s presidential election. In a televised address from the Élysée Palace, Mr. Hollande […]

French Center-Right Party Picks Presidential Candidate

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The players are almost completely set for France’s 2017 Presidential elections, and the choice seems likely to come down to center-right candidate Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen, France’s Donald Trump.

Angela Merkel To Seek Fourth Term As German Chancellor

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Political change coming to Germany? Or more of the same.

Investigators Conclude Flight MH-17 Shot Down By Missile Brought Into Ukraine From Russia

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A new report concludes that Malaysia Air Flight 17 was brought down by a missile brought into Ukraine from Russia.

French Court Strikes Down Burkini Ban

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A high-level French Court has struck down the ban on the so-called ‘burkini’ adopted by many towns along the French Riviera.

French ‘Burkini’ Ban Provokes Backlash

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For largely irrational reasons, French police are arresting women on the beach for wearing swimsuits that are compatible with their faith.

Dozens Dead, Dozens More Injured, As Truck Rams Bastille Day Crowd In Nice

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A night of terror mars Bastille Day celebrations in France.

Boris Johnson UK’s New Foreign Secretary?!

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In her first official act as prime minister, Teresa May has appointed known nutjob Boris Johnson to run the UK’s foreign policy.   Let’s just say I was not expecting that.

Theresa May Set To Become Next British Prime Minister On Wednesday

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A quick succession of events this morning means that Theresa May will become Britain’s Prime Minister far sooner than anticipated.

Leadsom Withdraws from UK PM Race

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Or, more accurately, she withdrew from the race to be leader of the Conservative Party, which would have lead to her being PM had she won. The BBC reports:  Theresa May set to be UK PM after Andrea Leadsom quits In a speech earlier on Monday setting out her leadership campaign platform, Mrs May – […]

Tories Set To Pick Between Two Women To Replace David Cameron

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Regardless of the outcome of the Conservative Party’s leadership race, the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom will be a woman.

EU Leaders Must Keep Calm and Carry On

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Early panic over the Brexit referendum was an overreaction. It’s time for statesmanship.

Farange Makes his own Exit

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Another Brexit leader is making their own exit (via the BBC):  UKIP leader Nigel Farage stands down. So, Boris Johnson will not stand for the Prime Ministership and now Farange is quitting as leader of UKIP.  On the one hand, I can’t say that the UK is worse for either move, but it is striking […]

Post-Brexit, Both Of Great Britain’s Major Parties Are In Crisis Mode

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One week after the Brexit vote, both the Conservative and Labour parties find themselves in chaos.

At Least 41 Dead In Terror Attack On Istanbul Airport

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A massive attack hits Istanbul’s airport.

British Labour Party Leader Loses No Confidence Vote

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In the latest example of the political backlash growing out of last week’s Brexit vote, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, lost a no-confidence vote among Labour’s Members of Parliament, but he says he will not leave office even as his position seems to become more and more precarious: LONDON — Britain’s […]

Turkey Apologizes To Russia For Downing Jet

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Turkey has issued a formal apology to Russia over the November 2015 downing of a Russian jet that had briefly strayed into Turkish airspace.

Why Didn’t The Brexit Vote Require A Supermajority For ‘Leave’ To Win?

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Given the consequences of a Brexit, one wonders why the referendum didn’t require more than just a simple majority to pass.

Brexit Vote Setting Off Infighting In Britain’s Labour Party

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The outcome of the Brexit vote continues to reverberate throughout British politics. Already, of course, we’ve seen the outcome of the vote bring an abrupt and somewhat unexpected end to David Cameron’s time as Prime Minister, a move that could sweep pro-Brexit MP Boris Johnson into Downing Street. Now, there are signs that the vote […]

Scotland and the Aftermath of the Brexit Vote

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Is Scotland next?

What’s Next with the Brexit?

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A British political scientist lays out some of the political and institutional factors that will be relevant going forward.

Britain Votes To Leave European Union, Cameron Resigns As Prime Minister

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By a narrow margin, British voters have chosen to send their nation, themselves, and indeed all of Europe into uncharted waters.

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