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The FDP has left the centre

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:46:54 +0000

This chart from the Berliner Morgenpost‘s election night data feature tells you everything you need to know about how the German coalition talks broke down. It shows the ideological positioning of every new MdB from the 2017 election. The data … Continue reading

OuiShare: a modern cult

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:41:02 +0000

Always hopeful for something – some event, something – to add to the gaiety of life in this interval consisting of things that do not add to the gaiety: Trump, Brexit, unaffordable housing. Nothing for ages and then, all of … Continue reading


Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:07:55 +0000

Remember the Pirate Party? Back in September 2011, they boarded the Berlin city-state legislature, winning 8.9 percent of the vote. That put five parties in the legislature and complicated the coalition math. They highlighted the Greens’ generational challenges, put digital … Continue reading

Reds Got the Blues? No.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:09:10 +0000

Over on social media, a friend-of-a-friend said that the strong showing of the far-right AfD in Sunday’s German election was “further erosion of the neoliberal left.” Yeah, no. Here’s what the main public broadcaster in Germany has from their polling … Continue reading

German Elections on Sunday

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:13:04 +0000

Some thoughts about Germany’s election this Sunday, hoisted from comments over on Facebook. They’re more about personal preferences, and maybe not anything new for the three readers Fistful still has after Brexit broke the blog. (By the way, there’s still … Continue reading

Brexit and Airlines

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:24:05 +0000

About a week before the UK government triggers Article 50, and the stories are just rolling out about taking control how difficult untangling the UK from the EU is going to be, how much business is going to head across … Continue reading

Brexit and Banks

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:31:25 +0000

With Prime Minister May due to trigger Article 50 eight days from now, shit’s about to get real the clock is about to start ticking, not least for the huge financial center in London. Nothing in the present UK government … Continue reading

The Populist Papers: 29 Years of Populism

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:58:03 +0000

Thinking about Brexit, the Donald, Austria having a presidential election replay, and other things, it struck me that in a sense I’ve lived through a Populist Era, a parallel history to the official narrative of ever-closer European union and what … Continue reading

Made it through another month

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:03:49 +0000

Now that Trump has outlasted William Henry Harrison as president of the United States, perhaps it’s time to publish here something I wrote elsewhere just a few days after the American election. Germany’s next. If there is any major leader … Continue reading

Well then.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:24:24 +0000

Looking back at posts from January 2009, I see a mix of hope and serious concern. Country after country was following the US into what has since become known as the Great Recession. It is reckoned by some as the … Continue reading