The rise of ‘strongman’ politics, exemplified by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, brings with it considerable risk.
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The ideals of liberal democracies are under threat – and not just in the US and Russia.
Legal senator Tony Chike Iwobi casts his ballot to elect the speaker of the Italian Senate.
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Italy's first black senator, and the party he represents, won't be advancing the fight against xenophobia.
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The Five Star Movement is the biggest party, but forming a government is going to be difficult. Will a right-wing coalition prevail?
Silvio Berlusconi, left, arrives to vote as a bare-breasted woman protests in background.
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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.
Berlusconi: can’t move his face enough to say ‘goodbye’.
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He's barred from public office but this former prime minister isn't going to be held back by the small matter of a conviction for tax evasion.
Italy's political future hangs in the balance – will it see another chaotic grand coalition, or take an anti-EU populist step into the unknown?
The shirt numbers of Brisbane Roar player Ivan Franjic are seen to dislodge during the Preliminary Stage 2 AFC Champions League match between the Brisbane Roar and Ceres Negros FC at the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre in Brisbane, Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
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The Brisbane Roar’s woes are the least of the Bakrie Group’s concerns, writes Nasya Bahfen.
With corruption scandals dogging practically every party, it's difficult to see how the electorate can have faith in their representatives. And yet, they keep voting for them.
Alexis Sanchez celebrates Arsenal beating Chelsea in the 2017 FA Cup final.
World soccer is the story of hyper-capitalism. What would fan and revolutionary thinker Frantz Fanon have thought about the state of the sport?
Not exactly Mr Popular: Paolo Gentiloni.
Paolo Gentiloni's government is barely distinct from his predecessor's, and its mandate is desperately thin.
Italians voted “No” by a convincing margin in the referendum on constitutional change.
In a climate of widespread discontent with Italy's political establishment, a new election might wipe out most of the parties in the current government coalition.
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This was a vote against the prime minister – not a show of support for his rivals.
Stepping down: Matteo Renzi.
The revolt that brought down Matteo Renzi is no carbon copy of Trump et al, but that won't be of much comfort to Brussels.
Voters rejected Matteo Renzi’s referendum on constitutional reform, plunging Italy into political uncertainty.
The "no" result from Italy's referendum is likely to brew political and economic uncertainty for some time yet.
Yes or no? Italian voters decide on December 4.
To understand whether the referendum will plunge Italy into a crisis, we need to unpack the problem in its three essential components: the reform; the Renzi's factor; and the country’s economy.
Donald Trump descends the escalator at Trump Tower to announce he will run for president.
Your victory, Mr Trump, is and always will be remembered as the best possible example of the true and incomparable wisdom of the people.
Italy's most notorious politician has been treated as a laughing stock for years – but a new book about his life and career makes the truth all too clear.
Like Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi (right), PUP leader Clive Palmer heads up what can be termed a ‘personal’ party.
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While Silvio Berlusconi has shown himself to be adept at transferring business organisational and marketing skills to politics, Clive Palmer has appeared completely out of his depth in this sense.
In contrast to incumbent Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, his potential successor, Malcolm Turnbull, is often described as ‘charismatic’.
Those of us who study politics are fortunate, but also unfortunate, to work in an academic field whose terms are widely used and abused in public debate. “Populist”, which I’ve written about here, is one…
Mattarella has no time for funny business.
Italy has a new president in the form of Sergio Mattarella, a 73-year-old constitutional judge from Sicily. Mattarella was elected to the role in the wake of the retirement of Giorgio Napolitano, who had…