Ukrainian lawmakers vote against Cabinet resignation

Europe 05/30/19, 06:42

Ukrainian lawmakers have refused to accept the Cabinet's resignation in a snub to the nation's newly sworn-in president.Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the comedian who won a landslide victory in last month's presidential election, faces a hostile parliament dominated by former President Petro Poroshenko's supporters.Zelenskiy called snap parliamentary elections for July 21 in ...

Greek government sets national election date for July 7

Europe 05/28/19, 12:03

The Greek government has set July 7, a week later than expected, as the date for early parliamentary elections.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called the early election after his party's heavy defeat in the weekend's European parliamentary polls.Government spokesman Dimitris Tzannakopoulos said Tuesday the decision was taken to not disrupt school-leavers' ...

EU elections: Gutted center, high turnout, rising right

World 05/27/19, 11:47

The European Union prides itself on being a brilliant mosaic of nations, but its parliamentary elections produced a hodgepodge of sometimes contradictory results that complicates the future of both the 28-country EU and the domestic politics of several members.While issues like climate change, immigration and global trade dominated the campaign, ...

India’s Modi facing urgent economic challenges after win

Business 05/24/19, 03:38

Dissatisfaction with India's lagging economy didn't deter voters from handing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party a landslide parliamentary election victory.Now, they'll be expecting something in return: faster, bolder action on long-promised reforms to transform the economy and improve the lives of India's 1.3 billion people.Modi made ...

India’s Modi facing urgent economic challenges after win

Business 05/24/19, 02:38

Dissatisfaction with India's lagging economy didn't deter voters from handing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party a landslide parliamentary election victory.Now, they'll be expecting something in return: faster, bolder action on long-promised reforms to transform the economy and improve the lives of India's 1.3 billion people.Modi made ...

France’s Le Pen predicts historic vote for populist parties

Europe 05/18/19, 04:21

The leader of France's far-right National Rally is predicting that a group of like-minded right-wing populists will achieve "an historic feat" in next week's Europe-wide elections.Marine Le Pen is joining leaders of other nationalist parties Saturday in Italy for a rally organized by League leader Matteo Salvini in front of ...

Report: Austrian politician offered contracts for support

World 05/17/19, 12:33

Two German newspapers have reported that the leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party offered government contracts in return for support from a potential Russian donor shortly before parliamentary elections.Daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and weekly Der Spiegel published extracts Friday from a video allegedly showing Heinz-Christian Strache meeting a woman claiming to ...

Turkish electoral body rejects opposition demand in Istanbul

Europe 05/13/19, 08:54

Turkey's electoral board has rejected a demand by opposition parties to annul local election results in Istanbul's 39 districts, following the board's decision to strip the opposition of its victory in the mayoral race.The Supreme Electoral Board on Monday also turned down the opposition's request to annul the results of ...

Facebook removes pro-populist Italian pages ahead of EU election

Europe 05/13/19, 07:29

Facebook has shut down 23 major populist Italian pages with 2.5 million followers just two weeks before the European elections. According to Italian media, the majority of the pages supported the populist parties La Lega (The League) and the 5-Star Movement (M5S) — who currently govern Italy in a temporary coalition. Facebook ...

Albania opposition set to continue anti-govt protests

Europe 05/12/19, 02:04

Albania's center-right opposition has decided to continue protests calling for the resignation of the government and for an early parliamentary election.The leadership of the Democratic Party-led opposition decided to hold a small protest Sunday against the arrest of a senior party official and called a potentially larger, national rally for ...

Albanian opposition demands fresh polls in anti-govt rally

Europe 05/11/19, 13:49

Albanian opposition parties on Saturday held a protest in Tirana, calling for the left-wing government to resign and for an early parliamentary election.Thousands of supporters of the center-right opposition gathered in front of the main government building at Tirana's main Martyrs of the Nation Boulevard, holding anti-government posters. They threw ...

UK’s Labour divided over whether to back new EU referendum

Europe 04/30/19, 05:09

It's not just the British government that has problems over Brexit. The main opposition Labour Party is agonizing over whether to back a second EU membership referendum.The left-of-center party's governing executive is meeting Tuesday to decide what to put in its platform for European parliamentary elections in just over just ...

Update: EU congratulates Sánchez on Spanish victory

Europe 04/29/19, 05:41

The Latest on the results of the Spanish general election (all times local):11:35 a.m.The European Union executive says that it is confident that outgoing prime minister Pedro Sánchez "will be able to form a stable pro-European government that will allow Spain to continue to play an important role in the ...

Socialists set to reign in Spain, but not without support

Europe 04/29/19, 01:56

Spain's third parliamentary election in less than four years has done little to dispel uncertainty over the political future of the eurozone's fourth largest economy.The center-left Socialist party won re-election in Sunday's ballot, collecting nearly 29% of votes, and will try to form a government. It would be one of ...

Spain election dominated by uncertainty, splintered right

Europe 04/25/19, 03:09

Spain is preparing to hold its third parliamentary election in less than four years. But even though the exercise is familiar, uncertainty surrounds the election's outcome.Polls indicate a substantial share of voters, about one-third, hadn't decided by the final week of campaigning how they would mark their ballots on Sunday.Socialist ...

Israel’s president formally nominates Netanyahu as PM

Asia & Pacific 04/17/19, 13:39

Israel's president on Wednesday formally nominated Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth consecutive term as prime minister, officially launching a process that is expected to result in a new government dominated by religious and nationalist parties in the coming weeks.In one of the president's few non-ceremonial roles, President Reuven Rivlin tasked ...

Finland’s Center Party head to step down after election loss

Europe 04/16/19, 06:07

Finland's outgoing prime minister says he will step down as head of the Center Party, which had one of its worst performances in decades in Sunday parliamentary election.Juha Sipila tweeted Tuesday "the election result leaves me with no choices," referring to the centrist party's meager 13.8% support and loss of ...

Finland’s center-left Social Democrats narrowly top poll

Europe 04/15/19, 03:27

Finland's center-left Social Democratic Party is facing the tough task of trying to form a government coalition after becoming the Nordic country's largest party by an extremely narrow margin following Sunday's highly fragmented parliamentary election.With all votes counted Monday, the party led by Antti Rinne took 17.7% of votes and ...

Update: Vote in Finland called “the climate election”

Europe 04/14/19, 05:58

The Latest on Finland's parliamentary election (all times local):12:40 a.m.Greenpeace is calling the parliamentary vote in Finland the "climate election," saying that "never before has climate and the limits of planet Earth been discussed with such seriousness in Finland."Chairman of the Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho, right, campaigns for the Finnish ...

Climate change, social care are top issues in Finnish vote

Business 04/14/19, 01:45

Finns are voting in a parliamentary election in which reforming the nation's generous welfare model and tackling climate change have emerged as key issues.Sunday's vote in the European Union member of 5.5 million people is taking place in a Nordic country that has one-third of its territory above the Arctic ...

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