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Democracy for all

NANCY PLATTS: In this most undemocratic of Democracy Weeks, let us recognise that the institutions voters see – distant, unaccountable and crumbling – were designed for another age.

No overall control

ALISTAIR CLARK: Given the results of the local elections, and coming on top of last year’s general election, England is now a nation with no overall control.

Germany’s social democrats

After Martin Schulz became leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and was nominated as its candidate for the German chancellery, it looked like a political myth had finally been proved wrong. Up until the nomination of Schulz in Spring...

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