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15 февраля, 18:23

Bad neighbourhoods

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From US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s “The West is Winning” speech at the Munich Security Conference — The West is winning. We are collectively winning. We’re doing it together. Let’s start with a simple fact: Free nations are simply … Continue reading →

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09 февраля, 04:15

Irish election resources

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The exit poll is out. The widely reported 3 way tie — in first preference votes — between Fianna Fáil (main opposition), Fine Gael (minority government) and Sinn Féin (the ostensible surprise packet in the election). The next indication of … Continue reading →

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08 декабря 2018, 03:19

Stand by for action

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France, unusually among developed nations, maintains a mechanised infantry regiment among its internal security forces. Technically, they are not police as the gendarmerie jealously maintains its military status. In any case, they are there, based in a weird Paris suburb … Continue reading →

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12 ноября 2018, 01:19

Germany: What if the coalition breaks?

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One obvious question, now the CDU succession is open, is whether an already creaky coalition government can go on with both constituent parties suffering in the polls. Gerhard Schröder has already suggested that Merkel should call a vote of confidence … Continue reading →

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11 ноября 2018, 02:29

Merkxit Rollup!

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We repeatedly warned you about believing people who said Merkel was finished, but on the 30th of September, it was time to sound the alarm: However, the interesting bit is precisely that the challenge came from the perfectly normal, EU-and-NATO … Continue reading →

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16 октября 2018, 01:05

Flip It And Reverse it: CDU vs Greens Beyond Bavaria

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Here’s some more interesting Bavarian elections data. What if we looked at this the other way up? Essentially unchanged for 72 years. pic.twitter.com/nI6H6K9zgc — Anton Jägare (@JagareAnton) October 14, 2018 The parties of the Left, broadly defined, have been on … Continue reading →

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16 октября 2018, 00:26

Not the October Revolution, but a Revolution in October

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Bavarian elections! The short news is that the CSU hit that concrete abutment, but maybe only going 90 rather than 120 kilometres an hour. The Greens won big. The AfD got in, but underperformed their result at the general election. … Continue reading →

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06 октября 2018, 19:56

German Links

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I have decided to up our coverage of Germany. I was talking in the previous post about the potential for a Green breakthrough in this month’s state elections, and I mentioned that the conditions for this seem to be everywhere … Continue reading →

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06 октября 2018, 19:18

Merkel’s Diagonal Politics and the Green Revival

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The CSU’s horrible autumn goes on. The party is now down to 33% in the polls, and its leaders are deep into the blame game. Bavarian minister-president Markus Söder is blaming “Berlin”, when he is not pretending to be Buzz … Continue reading →

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30 сентября 2018, 14:16

On The Brinkhaus

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There is a habit in English-speaking media of trying to force all political developments in Germany into the frame of whether this is the long promised end of Angela Merkel and the rise of the populists, or not. As with … Continue reading →

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10 сентября 2018, 01:40

Yes, Trump could turn GPS off – he’s doing it with broadcast time

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So we did a blog and people got shouty at the idea that Trump might try to bill the world’s GPS users. Now it is his literal policy to shut down the US National Institute of Standards and Technology’s time … Continue reading →

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09 сентября 2018, 20:04

Instrumentality (in architecture)

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A repeated message in current architectural writing is to warn against ‘means-end thinking’, or ‘instrumental thinking’. For example, we might decide that we want to live in a home that has a constant temperature of 22 degrees centigrade, or that … Continue reading →