First Past the Post: October 31

Andreu Mas-Colell, the Catalan minister of economy, is calling for Catalunya’s independence. Hat tip to Tyler Cowen, who’s not happy about it.

Afghanistan’s next presidential election will be April 5, 2014 — although incumbent Hamid Karzai will be constitutionally barred from running, the Taliban’s candidate will be eligible.

Conservative Euroskpetics and Labour have teamed up to hand the United Kingdom’s Conservative prime minister David Cameron a defeat on a key vote regarding EU spending.

The Guardian is skeptical that newly election Sicilian regional president Rosario Crocetta will actually push for advances on gay rights in Sicily or in Italy.

Speigel looks at life in northern Mali for the Tuareg people in the newly-declared Azawad state under Islamic fundamentalism.

The new Dutch government won’t have a majority in the upper house, which will keep politics interesting.

Greece’s 2013 economic outlook is downgraded to a 4.5% contraction.

Pauline Marois delivers her inaugural speech as Québec’s new premier.

A first look at Liberal Party candidate Justin Trudeau’s policy priorities for Canada?

Georgia’s new prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and his cabinet were confirmed last week.

A new Libyan cabinet under prime minister-designate Ali Zeidan is approved.

Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni and former Kadima prime minister Ehud Olmert are discussing a return to frontline Israeli politics in advance of early 2013 elections.

Marking a decade of the Justice and Development (AK) Party’s governance in Turkey.

Ghana’s presidential candidates faced off in their first debate in advance of December elections.

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