A national election is always pending in some significant democracy: the United Kingdom this May, Turkey in June, Spain later this year, the U.S. in 2016, France and Germany in 2017, Italy sometime during the year after that, if not before. And so it goes on. All democratically elected leaders run scared of their electorates. As they conduct international negotiations, they are constantly looking over their shoulders.
Once upon a time, national elections were -- or seemed to be -- overwhelmingly domestic affairs, affecting only the peoples of the countries taking part in them. If that was ever true, it is so no longer.… Seguir leyendo »