Germany Vol.6 (Grand Coalition 2018 #GroKo, et al.)

Germany: Merkel’s next cabinet shows youth trend (11/03/2018) | @dwnews
Chancellor: Angela Merkel (CDU)
Chief of Staff at the Chancellery: Helge Braun (CDU)
Minister of the Interior, Heimat and Construction: Horst Seehofer (CSU)
The fight for the Foreign Ministry: Heiko Maas (SPD)
Finance Minister: Olaf Scholz (SPD)
Minister of Defense: Ursula von der Leyen (CDU)
Economic and Energy Affairs Minister: Peter Altmaier (CDU)
Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection: Katarina Barley (SPD)
Minister of Labor and Social Affairs: Hubertus Heil (SPD)
Minister for the Environment: Svenja Schulze (SPD)
Minister for Health: Jens Spahn (CDU)
Minister of Education and Research: Anja Karliczek (CDU)
Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth: Franziska Giffey (SPD-Mayor Berlin-Neukolln)
Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development: Gerd Muller (CSU)
Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure: Andreas Scheuer (CSU)
Minister for Food and Agriculture: Julia Klockner (CDU)
@cducsubt @CDU @CSU
German Elections: Mapping Economic Policy Preferences (09/14/2017) | Caspar Kolster @gmfus
Germany: A New Government Is off to a Weak Start (03/14/2018) | @stratfor
Coalition watch – The making of a new German government (14/03/2018) | Soren Amelang, Kerstine Appunn, Sven Egenter, Benjamin Wehrmann, Julian Wettengel CLEW
Angela Merkel sworn in for fourth term as German Chancellor (03/14/2018) | Judith Vonberg @CNN
Angela Merkel re-elected as German chancellor to fourth term after five months of political deadlock (14/03/2018) | @tomemburyd @independent
The SPD just won the Frankfurt mayoralty in a landslide. So why are Germany’s cities going red? (03/15/2018) | Stephen Jorgenson-Murray @CityMetric
Merkel secures fourth term in power after SPD backs coalition deal (04/03/2018) | Philip Oltermann @guardian
The last thing Germany – and Europe – needs is a grand coalition (23/02/2018) | Timothy Garton Ash @guardian
German coalition talks to continue on Monday and focus on health and labor (02/04/2018) | Michelle Martin & Andreas Rinke @reuters

Austria Vol.2 (Legislative Election & Coalition 2017)

Factbox: Key figures in Austria’s new coalition government (16/12/2017) | @reuters
Coalition @TheLocalAustria
Austria holds watershed election marked by migrant crisis (15/10/2017) | @BBC
Republic of Austria (UN, World Bank)
Capital: Vienna
Population: 8.7 million
Area: 83,871 sq km (32,383 sq miles)
Major language: German
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 80 years (men), 84 years (women)
Currency: euro
Austrian far-right joins coalition led by PM Sebastian Kurz (16/12/2017) | @BBC
Sebastian Kurz gets approval for coalition with Austrian far right: Freedom Party returns to power after 12 years. (12/16/2017) | NICHOLAS VINOCUR @POLITICOEurope
New coalition government shifts Austria to the right: Anti-immigration Freedom Party will take control of much of country’s security apparatus (12/16/2017) | @reuters @CBC
Austria’s new coalition government rules out EU referendum (12/16/2017) | @AFP @DailySabah
Austrian populist coalition deal a warning sign for other EU states (12/17/2017) | Derek Scally @IrishTimes
Austria’s new coalition gets started (PDF; 12/18/2017) | @ING_news
Why Austria’s Anti-Immigrant Experiment Is Worth Watching: The new ruling coalition has set out draconian immigration controls that every populist party dreams of implementing. (12/18/2017) | Leonid Bershidsky @bpolitics
Austria’s Coalition Government Includes Party Linked To Ex-Nazis (12/18/2017) | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON @NPR
Austrian far-right party strikes coalition deal, enters government (12/18/2017) | SHADIA NASRALLA & FRANCOIS MURPHY @globeandmail
Theresa May congratulates new Austria leader amid huge protest over coalition (12/18/2017) | @AOLNews
Austrian Coalition Puts Europe’s Human Rights Values to the Test: Coalition Has Worrying Policies on Immigration, Asylum, and ‘Political Islam’ (12/20/2017) | Kartik Raj @hrw
The Far Right Is Now in Power in Austria: The new governing coalition includes the Freedom Party, which has deep roots in the country’s Nazi past. (12/29/2017) | Jordan Stancil @thenation
The Austrian Anti-Social Coalition (12/31/2017) | Joachim Becker @LeftEast1
A Populist Victory in Austria: The Freedom Party Enters Government (12/28?2017) | Reinhard Heinisch @ForeignAffairs

@pollofpolls_EU for Austria
How to watch the Austrian election like a pro: @POLITICO’s guide to keeping on top of all the Austrian action as the far-right FPO looks set to enter government. (10/14/2017) | EMMA ANDERSON & JUDITH MISCHKE
Austria’s Snap Election and the End of the Grand Coalition (10/14/2017) | Lindsay Mackenzie @QuilletteM
Results of Austrian Parliamentary Election 2017 (10/15/2017) | @AUSTRIANUSA
Austria election results: Far-right set to enter government as conservatives top poll: Austria seems to have elected its youngest ever head of government (15/10/2017) | Jon Stone, Samuel Osborne @Independent
Austrian election results: Conservative Sebastian Kurz on course to become Europe’s youngest leader (10/15/2017) | Justin Huggler & Balazs Cseko @Telegraph
AS IT HAPPENED: ‘Whizz-kid’ Kurz’s OVP clearly wins Austrian election, as voters turn right (15/10/2017) | @thelocalaustria
Austria moves to right as anti-immigration star seals election win: Kurz claims credit for closing Balkan migrant trail in 2016 that saw hundreds of thousands of migrants trek into Western Europe (15/10/2017) | @MiddleEastEye
Austria Election: Center-Right Party Head Likely Next Prime Minister (10/15/2017) | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON @NPR
Young party leader declares victory in Austria election, meaning a turn to the right (10/15/2017) | Maximilian Mayerhofer & Aamer Madhani @USAToday
Austrian Vote Paves Way for Nationalist Party to Enter Government (10/15/2017) | Boris Groendahl & Jonathan Tirone @bpolitics
Austria election: Europe reacts to Sebastian Kurz victory – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was hoping for close cooperation in Europe with Sebastian Kurz, who led his conservative party to election victory in Austria. DW has reaction from Berlin and beyond. (16/10/2017) | @dwnews
Meet the 31-year-old conservative poised to become Austria’s new chancellor: Sebastian Kurz reshaped a traditional political party to drive the Austrian elections. (10/16/2017) | Sarah Wildman @vox
Austria election RESULTS: Eurosceptic Sebastian Kurz declares VICTORY in nightmare for EU (16/10/2017) | REBECCA PERRING & ALIX CULBERTSON @Daily_Express
Austria’s election: Four things to know about the result (16/10/2017) | Manes Weisskircher & Matthew E. Bergman @LSEEUROPP
The Guardian view on the Austrian elections: an old threat in a new guise (16/10/2017) | @guardian
Why Austria’s Election Should Worry Liberals (10/16/2017) | Jonah Shepp @nymag
EU holds breath after Austrian vote (10/16/2017) | Georgi Gotev @euractiv
World’s youngest leader: Sebastian Kurz, 31, declares victory in Austria election (16/10/2017) | Shadia Nasralla & Kirsti Knolle @smh
Orban, Szijjarto applaud right-wing victory in Austrian parliamentary election (10/16/2017) | Justin Spike @BudapestBeacon
The Austrian elections should terrify Europeans (10/17/2017) | Paul Hockenos @CNN
Austria’s march to the right got a boost from fake Facebook content (10/17/2017) | Hanna Kozlowska @qz
How the Result of the Austrian Election Will Affect My Life as a Refugee: The Freedom Party’s motto is “Austrians deserve fairness,” but its notion of fairness doesn’t extend to people like me. (10/19/2017) | Zakarya Ibrahem @vicenews
Austrian election proves right-wing populism is new normal in Europe (10/22/2017) | ANNA GRZYMALA BUSSE @TheHill
Austria and Czech elections will change Visegrad dynamics (24/10/2017) | WOJCIECH PRZYBYLSKI @euobs
The Austrian election showed populists yet another path to power (25/10/2017) | MARTIN EIERMANN @NewStatesman
The Battle for Austria’s Right Is a Harbinger for the Rest of Europe: In Vienna, the center-right and populist right are vying for power. All of Europe is watching. (11/01/2017) | PETER ROUGH @ForeignPolicy
Austria’s Prospective Ruling Parties Agree on Budget Discipline, Cutbacks for Migrants (11/03/2017) | @reuters @VOANews
The Meteoric Rise of Sebastian Kurz: Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz could become his country’s next chancellor on Sunday. The politician is conservative and vain, but also adroit. What would the 31-year-old’s election mean for the country? (13/10/2017) | Walter Mayr @Spiegel
Now it’s Austria’s Turn (11/10/2017) | FABIO WOLKENSTEIN @myfairobserver
A few thoughts on the Austrian election: Why the rightwing Freedom party is so successfull and what the likely outcome will mean for Austria and Europe. (10/13/2017) | Felix Simon @medium
Austria’s snap election: Everything you need to know: With a young front runner and an anti-immigration party gaining traction, the election could send shockwaves through Europe. (15/10/2017) | Ceren Senkul @SkyNews
ElectionGuide – Republic of Austria | IFES
Elections in Austria | @OSCE
Austrian parliamentary election (10/15/2017) | @reuters
Austrian president to insist on pro-EU government after election (09/12/2017) | @reuters @businessinsider
How the Populist Right Is Redrawing the Map of Europe (12/11/2017) | Andre Tartar @bpolitics

Austria Vol.1 (Miscellaneous incl Presidential Election 2016)

Austrian Presidential Election Map 2016

The Borsen-Kurier of Vienna about Free Territory and Free Port of Trieste | @TriesteLibera

Italy (General Election 2018)

Italian elections 2018 – full results: Italy yesterday went to the polls to choose over 900 members of its two houses of parliament. Former prime minsters Silvio Berlusconi and Matteo Renzi were the big losers as voters opted for anti-establishment parties (05/03/2018) | @guardian
Italy election: Populist Five Star and League vie for power (05/03/2018) | @BBC
How to watch the Italian election like a pro (03/05/2018) | EMMA ANDERSON & JACOPO BARIGAZZI @POLITICOEurope
The incredibly complex Italian election is today ? here’s a simplified version of what you need to know (03/04/2018) | Will Martin @businessinsider
The Impossibility of Italian Politics (03/07/2018) | JOHN LLOYD @aminterest
Italy election to result in hung parliament: Former PM Matteo Renzi will reportedly resign as head of the ruling center-left Democratic Party after a crushing election defeat. Silvio Berlusconi’s right-wing coalition took the lead but may face a hung parliament. (05/03/2018) | @dw_politics
Italy headed for hung parliament as anti-establishment 5-Star Movement projected top vote-getter: According to early projections, none of Italy’s 3 main blocs or groups can govern alone (03/04/2018) | @reuters @CBC
Italy election: what we know so far about who could form a government (03/06/2018) | Daniele Albertazzi @ConversationUK
Let the Populists Try to Govern Italy: An anti-establishment government would finally put the League and the Five Star Movement to the test. (03/09/2018) | Ferdinando Giugliano @bpolitics
After Italy’s Election, 2 Rival Populist Parties Claim Right To Lead Next Government (03/05/2018) | Sylvia Poggioli @nprpolitics
Victory for Eurosceptic, populist parties shocks the establishment in Italy election (03/05/2018) | Nick Squires & Peter Foster @Telegraph
Italy elections deliver stalemate, Silvio Berlusconi and maverick Five Star advance (03/05/2018) | @reuters @ABCnews
Italian general election ? when are the results out? (03/04/2018) | Sara Sjolin @MarketWatch
Italy’s Election Is A Blow To European Unity And A Boost For The Far Right: Anti-establishment and anti-immigrant parties made serious gains, throwing the country into political uncertainty. (03/05/2018) | Nick Robins-Early @HuffPostPol
Italy election: Populist parties claim right to govern after poll stalemate – A right-wing coalition is set to win the most votes overall, with the populist 5-Star Movement the biggest single party. (03/05/2018) | @SkyNews
Italy election: Italy goes to the polls: ITALIAN voters have delivered a hung parliament, meaning none of the country’s three main blocs or groups can rule alone, after a topless protester left Silvio Berlusconi with a clear message. (03/05/2018) | @AP @newscomauHQ
Riding wave of anger over jobs and immigration, Italian voters line up behind populist parties (03/05/2018) | Tom Kington @latimes
Italy election: Exit poll gives edge to center-right coalition (03/04/2018) | John Bacon @USATODAY
Italy’s election should be a wake up call for the EU: The EU can turn the victory of the populist Five Star Movement into an opportunity for dialogue and transformation. (03/08/2018) | Silvia Mazzini @AlJazeera
Italy election: What was the result and what is the Five Star Movement?: Nation faces political standstill after voters deliver hung parliament as support for anti-establishment party soars (06/03/2018) | Samuel Osborne @Independent
Election projections point to euroskeptic shift in Italy (03/04/2018) | FRANCES D’EMILIO & COLLEEN BARRY @AP @ABC
What the Italian election can tell us about the United States: Elections are the first step. What we care about is who is in and who is out of the government. (03/02/2018) | Hans Noel @vox
Italy heads to polls in election overshadowed by populism: Italians began voting on Sunday in one of the country’s most uncertain elections ever, with far-right and populist parties expected to make major gains and Silvio Berlusconi set to play a leading role. (03/04/2018) | @France24_en
Revolution at the polls: How Italy made Steve Bannon’s “ultimate dream” come true (03/06/2018) | Annalisa Merelli @qz
How Italy’s New Electoral System Works (03/02/2018) | Marco Bertacche @bpolitics
Italy election 2018: A simple guide to the vote (03/01/2018) | Holly Ellyatt @CNBC
Italy election 2018: Untried voting system could return victory for Berlusconi’s right-wing coalition: But pollsters admit anything could happen (09/02/2018) | Gavin Jones @Independent
How does Italy’s new electoral law actually work? (15/01/2018) | Catherine Edwards @TheLocalItaly

Italian election leaves science out in the cold: Researchers hold out little hope that the next government will improve their underfunded research system. (23/02/2018) | Alison Abbott @nature

UK Vol.113 (Post-EUref #Brexit Vol.37)

UK Vol.112 (Post-EUref #Brexit Vol.36)

UK Vol.111 (Post-EUref #Brexit Vol.35)

UK Vol.110 (Post-EUref #Brexit Vol.34)

US Policy Changes Vol.76 (Trade, Energy, National Security, Financial Regulation, Tax, Values, et al.)

Great stuff!

Export Monitor 2017 (w PDFs; 08/18/2017) | Joseph Parilla and Nick Marchio @BrookingsInst

When renegotiating NAFTA, Trump should re-evaluate his premises on international trade (08/17/2017) | Dany Bahar @BrookingsInst

NAFTA renegotiation: Separating fact from fiction (08/17/2017) | Amanda Waldron @BrookingsInst

American Energy Policy (w PDF; April 2017) | Daniel Poneman @BelferCenter

Is the United States the new Saudi Arabia? (01/26/2018) | Samantha Gross @BrookingsInst

Learning from Katrina to care for Hurricane Harvey’s youngest victims (09/06/2017) | Jon Valant @BrookingsInst

Trump’s border wall is standard practice in other parts of the world (01/23/2018) | Michael Rubin @BrookingsInst

Hitting the wall: On immigration, campaign promises clash with policy realities (w PDF; 06/22/2017) | John Hudak, Elaine Kamarck, and Christine Stenglein @BrookingsInst

Strengthening and streamlining bank capital regulation (w PDFs; 09/07/2017) | Robin Greenwood, Samuel G. Hanson, Jeremy C. Stein, and Adi Sunderam @BrookingsInst

What Treasury’s financial regulation report gets right and where it goes too far (06/13/2017) | Nellie Liang @BrookingsInst

Hoarding the American Dream (Podcast & Transcript; 06/16/2017) | Richard V. Reeves, Bill Finan, and Fred Dews @BrookingsInst

Professionalism in politics: The paradox of populism (Podcast & Transcript; 06/28/2017) | Jonathan Rauch, Benjamin Wittes, and Adrianna Pita @BrookingsInst

Winners and losers in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Podcast; 12/22/2017) | Fred Dews and Adam Looney @BrookingsInst

Next Task for GOP: Spend Less and Help the Poor – Republicans did well to cut corporate taxes, not so well at expanding opportunity. (12/19/2017) | Michael R. Strain @bpolitics

Who would pay for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act? (w PDF; 12/08/2017) | William G. Gale, Surachai Khitatrakun, and Aaron Krupkin @BrookingsInst

Senate tax bill: Lower rates for corporations? Check. Broadening the tax base? Not so much. (12/05/2017) | Adam Looney and Hilary Gelfond @BrookingsInst

Relax, the housing market will be fine after tax reform (11/09/2017) | Alex Brill @AEI

Is the rent “too damn high”? Or are incomes too low? (12/19/2017) | Jenny Schuetz @BrookingsInst

Where the robots are (08/14/2017) | Mark Muro @BrookingsInst

Signs of digital distress: Mapping broadband availability and subscription in American neighborhoods (09/12/2017) | Adie Tomer, Elizabeth Kneebone, and Ranjitha Shivaram @BrookingsInst

Segregation and changing populations shape Rust Belt’s politics (09/14/2017) | John C. Austin @BrookingsInst

Census shows nonmetropolitan America is whiter, getting older, and losing population: Will it retain political clout? (06/27/2017) | William H. Frey @BrookingsInst

A primer on gerrymandering and political polarization (07/06/2017) | Fred Dews @BrookingsInst

The geography of desperation in America (07/24/2017) | Carol Graham, Sergio Pinto, and John Juneau II @BrookingsInst

Will the release of the JFK assassination records put to rest one of the most widely believed conspiracy theories? (w Video; 10/27/2017) | Karlyn Bowman @AEI

The Rudeness of King Donald (12/04/2017) | Niall Ferguson @BostonGlobe

Michigan Vol.2

Texas Vol.5

Texas Vol.4

UK Vol.108 (Post-EUref #Brexit Vol.32)

[SoundCloud] Rightsup #Rightnow The View Beyond Brexit: Equality Rights in Northern Ireland After Divorce | Oxford Human Rights Hub

Free papers, reports, et al. Vol.25

Here are tweets of great stuff retweeted by @_WorldSolutions.

UK Vol.106 (Post-EUref #Brexit Vol.31)

Germany Vol.4 (Coalition talks)

US Policy Changes Vol.70 (US business school professors Vol.3)

Here is a part of U.S. business schools’ tweets on economic/social/technological issues in which their professors/alumni are featured, quoted, et al. (mainly those from September to November 2017). Great stuff!
[We don’t have affiliations with these schools or people.]

US Policy Changes Vol.68 (US business school professors Vol.1)

Here is a part of U.S. business schools’ tweets on economic/social/technological issues in which their professors are featured, quoted, et al. (mainly those from September to November 2017). Great stuff!
[We don’t have affiliations with these schools or professors.]

US Policy Changes Vol.67 (US law professors Vol.3)

Here is a part of U.S. law schools’ recent tweets on legal and political issues in which their professors are featured, quoted, et al. (mainly those in November 2017). Great stuff!
[We don’t have affiliations with these schools or professors.]

US Policy Changes Vol.65 (US law professors Vol.1)

Here is a part of U.S. law schools’ recent tweets on legal and political issues in which their professors are featured, quoted, et al. (mainly those in November 2017). Great stuff!
[We don’t have affiliations with these schools or professors.]

UK Vol.104 (Post-EUref #Brexit Vol.29)

UK Vol.103 (Post-EUref #Brexit Vol.28)

New Zealand Vol.13 (Coalition)

Here are articles & tweets on the coalition, et al. Excerpts are on our own.

How the Labour-NZ First-Greens deal compares to previous coalitions (10/21/2017) | Andy Fyers @NZStuff

Who’s in, who’s out? Labour announces Cabinet, ministerial line up (20/10/2017) | @nzherald

Jacinda Ardern: ‘Capitalism has failed New Zealanders’ (10/22/2017) | @australian

Jacinda Ardern is New Zealand’s Next Prime Minister – Winston Peters swings to the Left, saying the country voted for change. (10/19/2017) | Tess McClure @VICE

Winston’s Choice: Jacinda Ardern poised to become prime minister (10/19/2017) | @robhosking @TheNBR

– Greens 8 MPs will support the Labour-NZF coalition on confidence and supply

– Mr Peters says finance minister is off the table

… Peter Thiel became a citizen of New Zealand, indulging in equal parts his Lord Of The Rings fantasies and bunker style apocalypticism… “New Zealand will grow in size…will quickly become the glory land, and ultimately become one of the safest areas in the entire world.”
The centre-left coalition government, led by Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party, is torn between the past glories of social democracy and a geographical exceptionalism that indulges equal parts ahistoric romantic notions of New Zealand and dread. …
… John Key crafted a unique brand of Third Way Toryism that was relaxed on social issues and augmented its old money and farming base with the so-called “aspirational” middle class drunk on a mid-oughts style property boom. …
… yet it lacks a natural coalition partner. …
Labour’s approach was far more Trudeau than Corbyn, running a likeable personality, Gen Xer and talented candidate with talk of, “values,” and, “positivity,” with a mantra of “Let’s Do This!” There are certainly some policies that would make an American leftist ecstatic…
… Our largest city, Auckland, combines the low density housing of San Francisco, the sprawl of Los Angeles, and a lack of infrastructure and public transport. …
… The party insists this is not racist while also circulating real estate documents highlighting the “Chinese sounding names” of buyers and using Australia’s moral abomination of a migration model as a means to attack the National party government from the right. …
… In the shadow of Trump and the rising fascist right across Europe, Labour is spurning internationalism for a “left” politics that sees its job as portioning out a dwindling social surplus. Labour thinks they are clever here but their modest left politics cannot beat back the demons of nationalism or the darker vision of Thiel and the global super-rich…
… Peters is a skillful politician, economic nationalist, and populist capable of destabilizing the political calculus between National and Labour. … Like a lot of far-right wing political figures in the West, he is obsessed with central bank policy, having railed against monetarism and Chicago economics for as long as I can remember.
Labour’s failure to go even half-Corbyn may create political space for New Zealand First should Peters upstage Labour on the economy, effectively locking in Labour’s anti-immigrant gambit into a new consensus. …

Anyone with a car
First Home Buyers
The Greens
Existing Home Owners
All of us
Everybody who’s freaking out

Jacinda Ardern commits to 100-day plan, with one exception (20/10/2017) | Anna Bracewell-Worrall @NewshubNZ
… Ms Ardern wouldn’t confirm which of Labour’s priorities had changed during negotiations with NZ First and the Greens, but said the 100-day plan remains broadly the same. …
Labour’s first 100-days plan

– Pass the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill, requiring all rentals to be warm and dry
– Ban overseas speculators from buying existing houses
– Issue an instruction to Housing New Zealand to stop the state house sell-off
– Begin work to establish the Affordable Housing Authority and begin the KiwiBuild programme
– Legislate to pass the Families Package, including the Winter Fuel Payment, Best Start and increases to Paid Parental Leave, to take effect from July 1, 2018

– Resume contributions to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund to help safeguard the provision of universal superannuation at age 65
– Introduce legislation to set a child poverty reduction target and to change the Public Finance Act, so the Budget reports progress on reducing child poverty
– Increase the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour, to take effect from April 1, 2018, and introduce legislation to improve fairness in the workplace

– Set the zero carbon emissions goal and begin setting up the independent Climate Commission

NZ First gets four posts in Cabinet and one undersecretary as Jacinda Ardern leads new coalition government (19/10/2017) | @1NewsNZ

New Zealand PM-elect Jacinda Ardern focuses on final touches of coalition deal (19/10/2017) | CHARLOTTE GREENFIELD @globeandmail


Jacinda Ardern | @guardian

#JacindaArdern | @GlblCtzn

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: The world reacts (20/10/2017) | Matt Burrows @NewshubNZ

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Sudden Star, Gets Set to Govern (10/20/2017) | CHARLOTTE GRAHAM @nytimes

New Zealand Labour’s Jacinda Ardern To Be Next Prime Minister (19/10/2017) | Luke Cooper @HuffPostAU

Jacinda Ardern picks Labour, Greens, NZ First cabinet (10/20/2017) | @australian

Jacinda Ardern to become NZ prime minister following coalition announcement (10/19/2017) | Richard Shaw (@MasseyUni) @ConversationEDU

Meet Jacinda Ardern, 37, New Zealand’s Next Prime Minister (10/19/2017) | @laurelwamsley @npr

Meet NZ’s new Prime Minister: Jacinda Ardern clinches victory giving hope to progressives everywhere (10/18/2017) | smelly pirate @dailykos

New Zealand’s most powerful young woman is now Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (10/19/2017) | @reuters @theheraldsun
… Those plans contrast with French President Macron’s announcement that he would look into opening migrant processing centres in Libya, to avoid a dangerous trip for asylum seekers across the Mediterranean Sea.
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, meanwhile, has positioned himself as an alternative figure to U.S. President Donald Trump by touting Canadian immigration as a success story. …
New Zealand’s annual net migration of 72,300 is at record levels in a country of just 4.7 million people, ahead of both Britain and the United States on a per capita basis. …
… “Our concern is that our immigration settings haven’t been dynamic enough to differentiate between the skills gap that might exist in regional New Zealand that doesn’t exist in Auckland,” …
Her conservative rival dismissed Ardern’s appeal as “stardust”, claiming she would squander the economic gains achieved under National. …

New Zealand just elected its youngest prime minister in 150 years (20/10/2017) | Ashitha Nagesh @MetroUK

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern left Mormon church to support LGBT rights (22/10/2017) | Lydia Smith @independent

… Peters is 72 and not expected to contest the next election as leader, but he clearly wants the party he created in 1993 to outlast him. By hitching his team to a new government with a young leader, Peters clearly believes there will be a greater long-term electoral dividend than simply backing a fourth and likely final term for National. …

… New Zealand First leader Winston Peters split from the National party in 1993 to form his party in opposition to National’s neoliberal economics. …

New Zealand election: Jacinda Ardern’s campaign rollercoaster ride (24/09/2017) | Josh Bavas @radioaustralia
… Associate Professor Grant Duncan from Auckland’s Massey University said it was a well-seized opportunity. “She assured the New Zealand public that our relationship with Australia is a solid one and it’s never going to be questioned,” …
“I’m not willing to do politics as usual ? I do bring a different approach, I favour being able to collaborate where I can.” …

Have Recruiter Salaries Stagnated? (08/31/2017) | JONATHAN RICE @NZRice

Taking stock of Jacinda Ardern’s stocktake (08/02/2017) | Sam Sachdeva @NewsroomNZ

“I have no intention to be a career politician” – Jacinda Ardern (Voice; 02/08/2017) | @RadioNZLIVE

Netherlands Vol.4 (Coalition)

Excerpts are on our own.

People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (@VVD)
Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA; @cdavandaag)
Democrats 66 (@D66)
ChristianUnion (@christenunie)

The polarised nature of the Dutch party system and the volatility of the electorate ensure that any ‘victory for the centre’ is likely to be short-lived.

Dutch parties agree coalition government after a record 208 days (09/10/2017) | Jon Henley @guardian

Dutch coalition partners agree on government deal, seek party backing (09/10/2017) | Cynthia Kroet @politico

Dutch coalition government formed after seven months of talks (10/10/2017) | @rte


Rutte forms Dutch government 208 days after election (10/10/2017) | Mehreen Khan @ft
… likely to side with Germany in many aspects of eurozone reform, in a blow to French …
… will shift rightward after Dutch Labour, a previous coalition partner …
… support for a eurozone budget …

Dutch Move Closer to New Government After Longest Coalition Talks Since WWII (10/10/2017) | Joost Akkermans @bpolitics

Trust in the future: the coalition agreement main points

… cutting the number of tax bands from four to two from 2019
… earning 40,000 by 1,200 a year, but middle and high earners will benefit most. …
… 37% on earnings up to ?68,000 and 49.5% for all income above that. …
Work and benefits
… Freelancers will have to earn at least ?15-?18 an hour to be classed as self-employed …
Paid paternity leave to be extended from two to five days in 2019 …
Child benefits will go up by a total of 1bn …
… will be reduced in four stages of 3%, so that by 2023, home owners will be limited to a 37% deduction. …
… Home owners who still have a mortgage to pay an extra tax (eigenwoningforfait) every year …
Asset tax
… increasing the tax-free limit from ?25,000 to ?30,000. …
Other taxes
… cut the basic rates of corporation tax from 25% to 21% while a tax rate of 16% will be levied over the first 200,000 in profits …
Employers with up to 25 members of staff will only have to pay one year of sick pay, rather than two, as at present …
The 15% tax paid by firms on the dividends they pay out to shareholders will go in an effort to make the Netherlands more attractive to foreign firms …
Other measures

Dutch Tax Reform: Reduction in Corporate Tax Rate and Abolishment of Dividend Tax (13/10/2017) | Wouter Paardekooper @bakermckenzie @lexology

Highlights from Dutch Parties’ Coalition Agreement

The new coalition loves him, so just who is the ‘normal, ordinary Dutchman’? (13/10/2017) | @Expatica

The Dutch government confirms plan to ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 (10/10/2017) | @FredericLambert @ElectrekCo

Netherlands announces pension reform that would move country to a DC system (11/10/2017) | PAULINA PIELICHATA @pensionsnews

After 200 Days of Negotiations, Netherlands Forms Government But Excludes Populist Wilders (11/10/2017) | Chris Tomlinson @BreitbartNews

Are drawn-out Dutch coalition talks a harbinger of tough days ahead for Germany? (28/09/2017) | @thelocalgermany
… Rutte’s business-friendly Liberal VVD, the progressive D66 and two Christian parties, the pragmatic CDA and more conservative Christian Union.
Formed in the swinging 1960s, D66 is pro-abortion, pro-gay and lesbian rights and wants the country’s euthanasia programme to be extended so all people – not just the terminally ill – can decide to end their lives.
The Christian Union bases its policies on the Bible and opposes abortion, same-sex marriages and euthanasia. …

Dutch coalition talks have not yet touched on the future of Europe


Dutch coalition talks collapse again (24/05/2017) | PETER TEFFER @euobs

Why the Dutch need three months to form a government (30/03/2017) | Nik Martin @dw
… Since World War II, Dutch governments have taken an average of 72 days to be decided, compared to four to six weeks for a typical German coalition. The Dutch record is nearly seven months in 1977…
… environmental concerns, income inequality and a more humane refugee policy.
GreenLeft is likely to be offered the ministry of environment portfolio and could win extra cash for green innovation, said Koole. But its would-be coalition partners are unlikely to concede on the latter two issues, having spent the election campaign trying to outdo Wilders’ hard-line on immigration, along with promises to reduce public spending.
“If GreenLeft enters a coalition with the right-wing parties, it could meet the same fate as the Labour party, which lost enormously in this election because voters saw it participating with a mainly right-wing government,” Koole said. …

Dutch election results at a glance (16/03/2017) | @JuliaRampenMM @NewStatesman

3 biggest Dutch election myths (13/03/2017) | NAOMI O’LEARY @POLITICOEurope

What’s at stake in the Netherlands’ elections? (13/03/2017) | Jan van der Made @RFI

What to expect from the Dutch elections in six charts (10/02/2017) | Aleksandra Wisniewska & Billy Ehrenberg-Shannon @ft

Too many parties and not enough influence spotlighted in political system report

Going Dutch (11/10/2017) | Darrell Delamaide @handelsblatt
… Belgium, managed to go 541 days without a new government after the 2010 election. …

Dutch mayors don’t like the idea of being chosen by public vote (04/10/2017) | @Expatica

King’s speech forecasts ‘flourishing economy’ for the Netherlands (19/09/2017) | @BelTel

Interview – Shell Netherlands CEO: More large wind projects wanted (05/10/2017) | Toby Sterling & Stefano Berra @reuters

Germany Vol.3 (German Federal Election 2017)

Here is information on the election.

German elections 2017: full results (Interactive) | @guardian
Constituency seats won by party GermanFedElec2

German election polls 2017 | @ft

Election of Members of the German Bundestag | Deutscher Bundestag

Bundestagswahl 2017: Electoral cartograms of Germany (09/25/2017) | Benjamin D. Hennig @ViewsofWorld

Election Resources on the Internet: Elections to the German Bundestag | Manuel Alvarez-Rivera
The Electoral System
The Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) consists of a lower house, the Bundestag, whose members are directly elected by universal adult suffrage, and an upper house, the Bundesrat, composed of representatives appointed by the Lander. The two bodies are not coequal chambers, with the Bundestag being the more powerful of the two.
The Bundestag is composed of 598 members elected for a four-year term of office. …
The composition of the Bundestag is determined by the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) system – also known as personalized proportional representation – which combines elements of the single-member constituency plurality system with PR. Under this system, the country is divided into a number of single-member constituencies (Wahlkreisen) equal to half the total amount of seats in the Bundestag. There were 248 of these constituencies between 1957 and 1987, 328 between 1990 and 1998, and 299 since 2002. These constituencies are allocated among the Lander in proportion to the size of their populations, and seats are filled by the plurality or first-past-the-post method, under which the candidate obtaining the largest number of votes in each constituency is elected.
However, in addition to nominating individual candidates for the direct mandate (Direktmandate) elections at the constituency level, political parties set up lists of individuals at the Land level (Landesliste). Each German casts two votes, namely a first vote (Erststimme) for a constituency candidate, and a second vote (Zweitstimme) for a party list. Party lists are closed, so electors may not choose individual candidates in or alter the order of such lists. Of the two votes, the second vote is the most important, since it is the one that determines the composition of the Bundestag.
In order to participate in the proportional allocation of Bundestag seats, a party must receive at least five percent of all valid second votes cast; however, this requirement is waived if a party wins three or more constituency seats. …
…in 2013 Parliament passed a new electoral reform which introduces additional adjustment seats (Ausgleichsmandate) to achieve a fully proportional allocation of Bundestag mandates among qualifying parties, thus neutralizing any disparities resulting from the allocation of overhang seats.
Under the reformed system, all 598 Bundestag seats are allocated among the Lander in proportion to the size of their German population. Then, a non-binding allocation of seats among qualifying parties is carried out in each Land by the Sainte-Lague/Schepers method of PR; if a party wins more constituency seats in the first vote of a particular Land than the number of seats it would be entitled to according to the result of the second vote, it keeps the overhang seats. The nationwide seat total obtained by each qualifying party after adding up the results from all sixteen Lander is the minimum number of mandates the party is entitled to receive, and the size of the Bundestag is adjusted accordingly, so that each qualifying party secures at least its corresponding minimum seat total, but in a way such that the distribution of seats equals the nationwide allocation of mandates in the expanded Bundestag by the Sainte-Lague/Schepers method.
From this point forward, the system generally operates in the same way as before: the mandates obtained by each party are allocated at the Land level in proportion to the number of votes received by their Land lists; the direct mandates won by a party at the constituency level of a particular Land are then subtracted from the total number of seats allocated to that party’s list; and the remaining seats are filled by the candidates on the Land list in the order determined before the election. Nonetheless, if a party wins more constituency seats in the first vote of a particular Land than the number of seats it would be entitled to according to the result of the second vote, the distribution of seats among the party’s Land lists is adjusted so that each list is allocated at least its corresponding number of constituency seats, without changing the party’s nationwide seat total.


German Election | @bpolitics

German election | @dw

GERMAN ELECTIONS 2017 | @politico

German election 2017: All you need to know about the vote (22/09/2017) | @HollyEllyatt @cnbc

German Election 2017 | @spiegel

What to watch in Germany’s election (09/24/2017) | @economist

GERMAN ELECTIONS 2017: THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM? (25/09/2017) | Alan W. Cafruny @ValdaiClub

German election results: AfD enters parliament with record-high 12.6% as Merkel’s alliance gets 33% Live updates (24/09/2017) | @rt

All Eyes on Germany ? Federal Election 2017 | @gmfus

Germany election 2017 | @reuters



German federal election 2017


The German Federal Election: Will Angela Merkel Stand Her Ground? (w Video) | @cfr’s Election Forecast | @zweitstimme_org

GERMAN FEDERAL ELECTION 2017? VOTE BY MEME (22/09/2017) | Willem Van Boxtel @tnf_webzine

The myth of the ‘boring election’: Populism and the 2017 German election | Fabian G. Neuner & Christopher Wratil @LSEEuroppblog

Germany federal election 2017: The final countdown | @SBS

2017 German Federal Election | WORLD ELECTION FORECAST


What to know about Germany’s general election on Sept 24 (09/22/2017) | @STcom

Delimitation of constituencies | @Wahlleiter_Bund
Map of constituencies for the elections to the 19th German Bundestag (PDF) | @Wahlleiter_Bund

Canada Vol.37 (Northwest Territories #NWT)

Massachusetts Vol.5