Democracy

Angela Merkel and her party are cruising to victory in the German federal election

Germany’s federal election Sunday is officially over. According to exit polls from public broadcaster ARD, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has won, scooping 32.7 % of the nation’s vote.<p>Merkel’s closest rival for the chancellery, Martin Schulz, and his Social Democrats (SPD) had it …

Angela Merkel

Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn prove it's not about left vs right

Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn’s bolts against the blues prove recent political upset is not about left vs right. So why are voters of all colours …

Jeremy Corbyn

Why Russia Hacked Voter Registration Databases - Micro-targeted Messaging

Into the" big data" world of our modern political campaigns comes a whole set of newly developed propaganda technologies that can exploit a campaigns …

Liberal View

Democrats’ grueling path back to power, in 2 maps

It's difficult say succinctly just how difficult Democrats' path back to power is. They are still winning the popular vote for president, after all, and they seem to have both the House and the Senate majorities within grasp if the cards fall right! How bad could it really be?<p>But Democrats' ability …

Politics

How to Reform the Corrupted U.S. Electoral System - Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists

Election theft is now the core reality of American politics.<p>It has poisoned every corner of the United States government, put the world at the brink …

Liberal View

Is Populism Democracy’s Deadly Cure?

We’re not sure if the cure, the populist outsider, will work and make life better. but we are willing to experiment as the old certainties of …

Electronic Music

Democracy, eh?

We are losing our most basic, fundamental, democratic rights in our polling-based, follow-the-leader, horse-race, media-manipulated politics.<p>Many …

Canadian News

The Cassidy-Graham bill probably won’t become law. And more than half of America is good with that, according to poll

Republicans’ last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare was always a moonshot.<p>A bill proposed by Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., …

Health Care

When JRD Tata called for a strong Opposition

On May 15, 1961, the politician C Rajagopalachari wrote to the industrialist JRD Tata, asking him to support the newly-formed Swatantra Party. A …

India

How the internet helped Labour at the general election

<b>The 2017 general election was the moment when the internet finally delivered on its long-awaited promise of having a big effect, both on how individual people voted and the overall outcome of the election.</b><p>A flood of young voters, many of whom had relatively low levels of political knowledge, used …

Brexit

Federal Government Notifies 21 States, Including Pennsylvania, Of Election Hacking

The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the …

Philadelphia

Todd: Taxpayer funding of politics the norm in democracies

British Columbia took a step this week to join the club of advanced democracies.But you might not realize it, in light of the feverish reaction to …

Canadian News

Spanish Centralism or the Self-Defeating Hubris of the Authoritarian Mind

Thomas S. HarringtonOn Wednesday, the Spanish government conducted a number of armed raids upon government ministries in Barcelona, and effectively …

Liberal View

New German election forecast: Merkel’s party will win but lose seats

German citizens head to the polling booths Sunday to vote for the German parliament, the Bundestag. A majority is expected to vote for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), returning the current Chancellor Angela Merkel to office for her fourth term.<p>But CDU isn’t expected to win an outright …

Politics

Yes, the Republican Party has become pathological. But why?

We’re not going to fix American democracy until we can explain why the GOP went overboard.<p>In response to a recent essay I published here on Vox about the dangers of our current hyperpartisanship, Jonathan Chait offered some pushback. Whereas I lay blame for our current dysfunctional polarization on …

Politics

Sorry, Spain. Catalonia is voting on independence whether you like it or not.

<i>Carles Puigdemont is the 130th president of Catalonia.</i><p>After three centuries under Spanish rule, on Oct. 1, citizens of Catalonia will finally have the chance to exercise their right to self-determination. More than 5 million eligible voters will have the right to decide on a simple question: “Do …

Opinion

Kris Kobach Can Prove U.S. Elections Are Messy, But That’s Not The Same Thing As Fraudulent

President Trump’s voter fraud commission has the stated goal of ensuring the integrity of the vote as “the foundation of our democracy.” But, like …

Politics

Russians targeted Pennsylvania election system, state told

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Federal authorities told officials in Pennsylvania that Russian hackers unsuccessfully tried to access election systems in the …

Elections

How Trump is helping to save our democracy

<i>E.J. Dionne Jr., Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein are the authors of “One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported,” from which this essay is adapted.</i><p>The election of Donald Trump could be one of the best things that ever happened …

Politics

Blaming Trump? Why Representatives And Citizens Need To Do Their Jobs.

Corruption must be eliminated if all Americans are to enjoy hope, voice, and opportunity.<p>America's political dysfunction should concern all citizens …

Good News

German election: Will non-voters decide the outcome?

Germany has a huge non-voting population — like most democracies. In 2009, more people didn't vote at all than voted for Merkel's conservatives.<p>In …

World News

Poll: Two-thirds of Republicans back citizenship for DACA recipients

"President Trump put himself in a win-win position," said pollster Mark Penn.

Immigration

Carr: Don’t worry, Hillary Clinton, no one’s budging from the Beltway

Here is yet another indication of just how delusional Hillary Clinton is:This week, at a book signing in Washington, she implored federal workers not …

Elections

Proportional Representation Offers BC Stable Government and Pragmatic Legislation

Toxic and ideological first-past-the-post system needs to be replaced.

Canadian News

BROWN: Court says GOP stuck with Dems elected to GOP party posts

For the second time this month, Cook County Republican officials suffered a legal setback in their efforts to purge suspected Democratic infiltrators …

Democratic Party

Philadelphia Reveals Noncitizens Registered To Vote As Evidence of National Voter Fraud Grows

"This is a real concern."

Conservative View

What are the burning issues in Swiss votes?

Since 1848, the Swiss have had their say on over 600 nationwide ballots. Which have been the most popular issues in recent times?<p>The Swiss go to …

European News

Tracing the roots of German democracy

Germany's path to democracy was long and arduous. This gallery introduces sites that were of importance in this struggle for freedom and …

History

Toronto a ‘shining example’ of pluralism and diversity, says 6 Degrees Citizen Space speaker

When in the audience of "rock star" political philosopher Michael Sandel, you may find yourself being asked to put a price tag on human life. To make a case for cannibalism. Or just explain why the rich world should pay for climate change.<p>Dr. Sandel, a Harvard professor and international lecturing …

New Zealand election guide

When Prime Minister Bill English announced in February New Zealand would go to the polls on September 23, it was with the expectation his Government …

Australian News