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  1. 14 September 2017 – 2017 German Federal Election, Angela Merkel, Australian-German Climate and Energy College, Europe, Politics

    Four things you need to know about the German election

    The minor parties will likely shape the final government that emerges from the 2017 German election. A University of Melbourne expert look at the possibilities

  2. 4 September 2017 – 2017 German Federal Election, Angela Merkel, Climate Change, European Union, Politics

    Why action on climate change isn’t an issue for Germans

    Chancellor Merkel's emissions reductions policies enjoy broad support in Germany because climate science is widely accepted, says University of Melbourne expert

  3. 29 August 2017 – China, North Korea, Nuclear Missiles, United States, Wars

    North Korea: The ‘threat that leaves something to chance’

    Following North Korea's missile test over Japan, a University of Melbourne expert looks at whether a nuclear crisis involving the US could spiral out of control

  4. 29 August 2017 – Asia, Asialink, Australia, China, South East Asia

    Is Australia becoming the ‘lonely’ country?

    Australia's US focus is putting it out of step with an Asia recognising China's growing leadership, says a new survey by University of Melbourne's Asialink

  5. 24 August 2017 – 2017 German Federal Election, Angela Merkel, Asylum Seekers, Election Watch, Refugees

    Merkel’s refugee stance paying off ahead of German election

    Chancellor Angela Merkel is successfully weathering the politics of refugees and should win a fourth term in German election says University of Melbourne expert

  6. 17 August 2017 – Australia, Electricity, Energy, Prices, Renewable Energy

    Is re-regulation the solution to Australia’s electricity price shock?

    As electricity retailers report back to the Government and ACCC over proposals to make power more affordable - should re-regulating the market be an option?

  7. 16 August 2017 – Australia, Conflict, Foreign Policy, North Korea, Peace

    Australia’s strategic steps before any North Korean conflict

    A University of Melbourne expert explores the steps the Australian government will exhaust before entering into a conflict with North Korea as a US ally.

  8. 16 August 2017 – Constitution, Law, Plebiscite, Referendum, Same Sex Marriage

    Australia’s referendum drought

    As Australians prepare for a postal vote on marriage equality, the University of Melbourne looks at whether Australia needs more plebiscites and referendums.

  9. Podcast11 August 2017 – Democracy, Elections, Government, Media, Politics

    Phantom democracies

    Political thinker John Keane on the rise of corrupt political regimes that employ democratic rhetoric, social media and economic growth to win over the public.