It's unlikely that a two-month informal national debate will solve France's crisis of political communication.
Referenda have their place in democracy, but can also be misused.
Why a No Deal option shouldn't be on the ballot in any second referendum.
The EU urgently needs to improve the link between its citizens and its institutions.
Both Leavers and Remainers are unhappy with the UK's exit plan – but can their dispute ever be resolved satisfactorily?
Recent elections in Turkey, Hungary and Russia raise a fundamental question about democracy. Can it give autocracy a mandate?
Islanders currently stand as independent candidates, but this special system could be about to disappear.
Many African elections are less than ideal. But is the rest of the world really that much better?
The end of the 8th amendment is on the horizon.
The UN has repeatedly criticised Ireland's laws. It's time to change the Constitution.
What is Ireland voting on and why?
If the referendum goes President Pierre Nkrunziza's way, it will also be a further blow to ordinary Burundians, who live in a state of hardship and adversity.
This vote should be about the morality of letting women suffer.
Winning an independence referendum is the simple bit – It's no easy trick to assert yourself on the world stage.
Ecuador's president, Lenin Moreno, has been flirting with conservatives. Beyond irking his base, it has also lead to mass resignations and Twitter battles with his powerful left-wing predecessor.
Bill Shorten said the federal political system seemed 'out of whack in that everything is so short term'.
After years of creeping authoritarianism, Turkey's president is now set up to take the reins in earnest.
Australia's Constitution is a product of foreign and domestic political influences. It has become one of the enduring aspects of Australian politics and law, for better and worse.
He's been gone for 40 years but the Duke could still make a valuable philosophical contribution to the Brexit debate.