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  • NEWS

    Charter pushes coalition government

    News, Mongkol Bangprapa, Published on 23/03/2015

    » The draft charter provides mechanisms to ensure coalition governments are formed, particularly involving the the Democrat and Pheu Thai parties, charter drafter Anek Laothammathat says.

  • LEARNING

    Strong coalition to aid Thaksin

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 05/07/2011

    » With a strong House majority a near certainty, Phue Thai leaders are already planning how and when to bring former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra home.

  • NEWS

    'Weak, unstable' government beckons

    News, Nattaya Chetchotiros, Published on 23/03/2015

    » The mixed member proportional representation (MMP) system proposed under the new constitution will enfeeble large political parties and lead to weak and unstable coalition governments prone to falling at any time, the two major political parties said.

  • LEARNING

    Government budget makeover

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 18/07/2011

    » To meet campaign promises spending will rise to 60 billion baht and corporate income taxes fall to 20% from 30%.

  • OPINION

    Merkel sets direction for Europe

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 11/09/2017

    » Germans will choose a government on Sept 24, and that government is likely to be headed, for the twelfth year running, by Angela Merkel. The uncharismatic 63-year-old from East Germany may not have captured her fellow Germans' hearts, but she has appealed so strongly to their rational selves that polls suggest they find no reason to replace her.

  • NEWS

    About Politics

    News, Published on 25/11/2017

    » Who will be in the race for next year's election? We look at the frontrunners v Critics attack new voting system claiming it is 'contradictory' v Pundits accuse regime of wheeling out welfare cards to boost popularity before poll

  • OPINION

    From Trump to Europe crises, what to watch in 2018

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 29/12/2017

    » Professional forecasters like to say that making predictions is difficult, particularly about the future. As we reach the end of 2017, however, here are some of the key themes -- and questions -- that look set to shape global events next year.

  • OPINION

    Possibly time to look on the bright side

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 07/01/2018

    » Having just about scraped through the Year of the Chicken, here we are seven days into 2018 and wondering what's in store during the Year of the Dog. It probably won't be all that great, but we'll leave the gloom and doom to the experts. Let's just hope it's a least a bit more enjoyable than the past couple of years which have really been quite awful, and almost of an annus horribilis nature.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Full circle after 24 years

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 28/08/2016

    » Greetings from Nakhon Pathom. This week your favourite columnist finds himself in a hotel room for five days in this little town just west of Bangkok. "Little town" is hardly a good description, though it was certainly that way when I first visited here a quarter of a century ago. Bangkok has since extended her tentacles, swallowing up the likes of Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi and Minburi.

  • OPINION

    The road to 'true democracy'

    Published on 28/03/2015

    » Lt Gen Navin Damrigan, a constitution writer, shares his view on the Thailand the Constitution Drafting Committee has in mind once the new charter takes effect, and how the new highest law can bring about such transformation.

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