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Finnish general election

Letter from … Helsinki

Mikko Majander  |  17 November 2015

The Social Democratic party faced a bitter moment of truth in Finland’s April 2015 elections. After four turbulent years as a junior partner in a coalition government the SDP attracted an all-time low of 16.5 per cent of the vote, ranking only fourth among the parties. The elections also produced a new deal in the …

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Justin Trudeau election day

Letter from … Canada

Claudia Chwalisz  |  27 October 2015

Last week, millions of Canadians showed Stephen Harper that they are tired of his low cunning, fear, hate, arrogance and corrosive political discourse. The 11-week election campaign – the longest and most expensive since 1872 – backfired on the Conservatives. Harper tried to convince us to fear our own neighbours, to believe that enemies are …

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Shinzo Abe

Letter from … Tokyo

Andrew Stevens  |  14 October 2015

After his historic December 2012 return to power and the subsequent ‘snap’ election two years later, last week Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet, but only after inking the contentious Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the scope of which makes 1994’s Nafta look like a town twinning. We can perhaps forgive Abe, of the country’s …

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Letter From … Lisbon

Hugo Coelho  |  29 September 2015

The history of the euro crisis is full of rising radicals and disgraced moderates. Not so much in Portugal. The country is heading for parliamentary elections on 4 October with no clear threat to the position of the mainstream parties in sight. It was not always evident that the opposition Socialists and the incumbent rightwing coalition …

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Letter from … Abuja

Juliana Adenike Lucas  |  4 September 2015

Tomorrow, 5 September, marks 100 days since Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated as president of Nigeria, after former president Goodluck Jonathan, was rejected at the polls. This election was a momentous point in Nigeria’s history, being the first time an opposition figure won a presidential election since independence in 1960. Corruption was a prominent issue at …

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Partit Laburista. Labour party of Malta

Letter from … Valletta

Joseph Muscat  |  24 August 2015

An old adage has it that a rightwing politician who ‘borrows’ progressive ideas is smart, while a social democrat who takes a leaf out of the book of commonsense conservatism is a traitor. Political parties are not pressure groups. Their aim is not to press government to make changes, but to be in government and make those changes. …

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justin trudeau

Letter From … Ottawa

Andrew Cardozo  |  7 July 2015

The next federal election in Canada takes place on 19 October – and it is pretty difficult to tell what will happen. The three major parties are running neck and neck in the public opinion polls – the Conservatives, the New Democratic party and the Liberal party. In addition, the Quebec separatist party, the Bloc Québécois, which was almost …

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Jessica Asato

Letter from … Norwich North

Jessica Asato  |  31 March 2015

I sit writing this after listening to George Osborne’s budget with my new baby girl sleeping nearby. Since I have had a child I worry even more about what the decisions being made today might mean for her in the next 20 or 30 years. Issues which were once a matter of high principle become …

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Letter from … Queensland

Sam Dastyari  |  17 March 2015

On the last Saturday in January, the people of Queensland kicked out a conservative government, led by former army officer and lord mayor of Brisbane, Campbell Newman. The result astonished everyone, including the Queensland state Labor party. On the eve of the vote, as I called my friends in the party around the Sunshine State, …

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Tel Aviv

Letter from … Israel

Marcus Roberts  |  12 February 2015

Let’s face it. As important for Britain as election 2015 may be, so far it has not been the most interesting spectacle. #IlovetheNHS versus #longtermeconomicplan does not always surprise and delight. Israel’s election, on the other hand, is worlds apart. In this we have the suddenness of the snap poll as Binyamin Netanyahu’s patience with coalition …

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