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A man carries an anti-EU, pro-Brexit placard during in London on September 3, 2016. Justin Tallis/AFP

Debate: The rise of the global rejectionist party

Since the Brexit vote in 2016, rebellious movements have repeatedly shown their ability to shape political outcomes across the globe, often in unexpected ways: So what lies next?
Bill Shorten is the longest-serving Labor leader since Kim Beazley in his first stint in office. AAP/Lukas Coch

Mis-red: why Bill Shorten is not a socialist

The reality is that Bill Shorten is, in many ways, a garden-variety centre-left leader.
Silvio Berlusconi, left, arrives to vote as a bare-breasted woman protests in background. AP Photo/Luca Bruno

In Italy, fake news helps populists and far-right triumph

Together, two parties with a tough stance on immigration and the EU – the Five Star Movement and the League – received nearly 50 percent of the vote.
Beatriz Sánchez’s strong finish in the first round of Chile’s presidential election has thrown the race wide open. Her new left-wing party also won 20 congressional seats. Andres Pina/Aton via AP)

Chile heads into presidential runoff with a transformed political landscape

Young parties are bringing new life to Chile's stale politics, finally ending the post-Pinochet period. As the presidential runoff approaches in December, the race for the presidency is now wide open.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the leaders’ retreat at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, Saturday, 11 November 2017. AAP

Australia’s tenuous place in the new global economy

The latest report from the Committee for Economic Development of Australia points to shifting global winds on globalisation and free trade. What can Australia do to continue to weather the storm?
US President Donald Trump signs the presidential decree banning the funding of international NGOs supporting abortion. Saul Loeb/AFP

Gender and climate change: pictures that speak for themselves

In public events Donald Trump has displayed the traits of a dominant masculinity. Yet the American president's policies represent an anthropological and ecological model that's outdated.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) co-leader Alice Weidel campaigns in front of a banner that reads: ‘Crime by immigration: a flood of refugees leaves its mark!’ Axel Schmidt/Reuters

The pathologies of populism

Current events show that the old problem of populism is making a comeback, and that populism is indeed an autoimmune disease of our age of monitory democracy.

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