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Newly installed Australian prime minister Scott Morrison speaks during a cabinet meeting at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

If the main reason for changing your party’s leader is to make the party more popular, last week’s ritual bloodletting in Australia was an epic fail. (...)

Scott Morrison, Australia’s new prime minister, in Canberra: “Paul Hewson, better known as Bono, said: ‘There is a continent, Africa, being consumed by flames’,” he said. Photograph:  Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Before becoming an MP in 2007, Australia’s new prime minister Scott Morrison was head of Tourism Australia and behind the infamous “Where the bloody h(...)

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull: played hardball with his challengers, but seemingly in vain.  Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

In the end, politics always comes down to the numbers. Australia’s ruling Liberal-National coalition used its one-vote majority in the lower house of (...)

Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull attends a press conference in Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Graham /AFP/Getty Images

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull clung to power on Wednesday as rebel Liberal Party deputies pressed for a second leadership contest just a(...)

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, South Australian premier Steven Marshall, left, and Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer. Photograph: David Mariuz/EPA

As Australia’s national capital, Canberra, wakes up to subzero temperatures, the city empties of politicians for the winter recess. But by-elections a(...)

Protesters gather outside the parliament in Bucharest on Wednesday during a no-confidence vote in the government, which it defeated. Photograph: Octav Ganea via Reuters

Romania’s five-month-old Social Democrat (PSD) government defeated a parliamentary motion of no-confidence on Wednesday while thousands rallied outsi(...)

Arsenal players in the the club’s new shirt for next season. Photograph: Arsenal FC

Politicians in the Netherlands – which pays tens of millions of euro a year in aid to Rwanda – are up in arms over a €34 million deal between the Rwan(...)

Women on a suffrage march carry 617 arrows, each representing a conviction of a suffragette. Photograph: Mansell/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

The Irish suffrage movement, with a membership of about 3,000, was made up of nationalist, unionist and those who refused to take either side. It was (...)

John Redmond addressing a home rule meeting at Parnell monument on O'Connell Street in Dublin. Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.
The durable democrat

For 18 years in a row, John Redmond was elected chairman of the Irish Parliamentary Party – from February 1900 until his untimely death in March 1918.(...)

Australian minister Peter Dutton: In 2016 he composed a text message describing a female journalist as a “mad f**king witch”, but inadvertently sent it to her. Photograph: Rick Rycroft/Pool via Reuters

Peter Dutton, minister for home affairs and a former policeman, is supposed to be the right-wing hard man in Australia’s Liberal-National government.&(...)

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