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Australia's newly elected prime minister concentrated on policy rather than vision while campaigning. But in office he may yet usher in a new Australia

Since the European elections ten days ago, Europe has been going through a bout of navel gazing and introspection. When every country has its own legislatures both national and local, what is the European parliament for? Why did so few of the electorate vote, less than ever before? Why did the east Europeans, only recently liberated from dictatorship, vote less than anyone else (with a couple of exceptions)? Why are the British talking as if…

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