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Romania votes for president with liberal incumbent favored

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:03 PM

In all, 14 candidates are standing, with pro-European incumbent Klaus Iohannis the favorite to win

ROMANIA VOTES. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis casts his ballot at a polling station, in Bucharest, on November 10, 2019. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Finns, tired of austerity, go to the polls

Apr 14, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The left-wing social democrats lead Finland's two main opinion polls with about 19% of the vote, having campaigned against the austerity policies of the Centre Party

CAMPAIGN. A container of the Finns Party campaigning for parliamentary elections stands on the Narinkkatori Square in Helsinki, Finland, on April 12, 2019. Photo by Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva / AFP

Romania to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem – report

Apr 20, 2018 - 9:32 AM

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's government has agreed on 'the start of procedures with a view to the transfer of the embassy to Jerusalem'

HISTORIC CENTER. People look out at a view of the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock (C) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and the Western Wall (down) on December 5, 2017. Thomas Coex/AFP

Germany's Social Democrats clear path for Merkel's fourth term

Mar 04, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Merkel will go into her fourth term with far weaker cards than before, as she had to pay a high price to coax the reluctant Social Democratic Party back into another loveless 'grand coalition'

LEADER. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement as she arives at the Social Democrats Party (SPD) headquarters on February 4, 2018 in Berlin, as German Conservatives (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats hope to complete negotiations to form a government coalition. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel risks leading weak 'losers' coalition for Germany – analysts

Jan 14, 2018 - 12:49 AM

Merkel's struggle to form a viable coalition has revived speculation about the twilight of her reign

ANGELA MERKEL. German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, is seen leaving at the end of a European Union Summit held at the EU Council building in Brussels on December 15, 2016. Photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

'No mood for change', one month before Germany vote

Aug 24, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Will German Chancellor Angela Merkel secure a 4th term?

This file photo taken on October 24, 2016 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of the Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) at the start of a leadership meeting at the party's headquarter in Berlin. Odd Andersen/AFP

Erdogan wades into German election, Berlin hits back

Aug 19, 2017 - 11:01 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls on ethnic Turks to ignore Chancellor Angela Merkel s Christian Democratic Union and their partners in the grand ruling coalition the Social Democratic Party

GERMAN ELECTION. In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the Living Human Treasures award ceremony at the Bestepe National Congress and Culture Center in Ankara on November 3, 2016. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Ruling party set for win as Kazakhstan votes

Mar 20, 2016 - 10:02 PM

The country s Central Election Committee CEC says that by 1200 GMT more than 75 of nearly 10 million voters had cast their votes in a ballot featuring 6 parties mostly supportive of Nazarbayev

VOTING. People vote at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in the village of Kordai, some 250 km south of Almaty, Kazakhstan, March 20, 2016. Photo by Igor Kovalenko/EPA

Opponents vow to fight laws expanding role of Japan's military

Sep 19, 2015 - 2:59 PM

Susumu Murakoshi chairman of the 36 000 strong national bar association criticizes the government for going against the will of the people and pledged to see the changes abolished

'NOT AN END.' A general view of the Lower House session to vote non-confidence motion against Abe's Cabinet is held at parliament in Tokyo, Japan, September 18, 2015. The Democratic Party of Japan is opposed to the bills that would for the first time since World War II allow the use of military force in support of allies attacked overseas. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Incumbent Rousseff to face Neves in Brazil run-off

Oct 06, 2014 - 7:29 AM

UPDATED With nearly all ballots counted the leftist incumbent has 42 of the vote to 34 for business world favorite Neves who fended off the once unstoppable looking Silva to reach the October 26 run off

THREE-WAY RACE. The three leading candidates in the Brazil election (L-R): Marina Silva, Dilma Rousseff, and Aecio Neves. Silva photo by Percio Campos/EPA; Rousseff, Neves photos by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil votes for next president after dramatic campaign

Oct 05, 2014 - 7:00 PM

The telenovela like drama of the race – a candidate s death in a fiery plane crash a poor maid s rise to the cusp of the presidency a seedy oil scandal – continued down to the wire; Some 142 8 million voters will cast their ballots in the polls

THREE-WAY RACE. The three leading candidates in the Brazil election (L-R): Marina Silva, Dilma Rousseff, and Aecio Neves. Silva photo by Percio Campos/EPA; Rousseff, Neves photos by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil launches election campaign amid World Cup fever

Jul 07, 2014 - 9:24 AM

The continent sized nation of 200 million – currently hosting the world s biggest sporting event – will hold elections for the presidency Congress state governorships and state legislatures in October

SEEKING SECOND TERM. In this file photo, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on June 16, 2014. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Germany's Merkel agrees coalition with Social Democrats

Nov 27, 2013 - 2:10 PM

A key hurdle remains: a binding SPD membership ballot next month must still sign off on the proposed left right grand coalition

COALITION BUILDING. Chairman of the German Christian Social Union (CSU) party, Horst Seehofer (L), and acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party arrive at the 'Willy-Brandt-Haus', the headquarters of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) for coalition talks, in Berlin, Germany, 26 November 2013. EPA/Kay Nietfeld

Merkel clinches historic win in German elections

Sep 23, 2013 - 9:21 AM

UPDATED The 59 year old leader resoundingly clinched another four year stint at the helm Europe s top economy and looked poised to form a grand coalition with her chief rivals the Social Democrats SPD

VICTORY PARTY. German Chancellor and candidate for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel celebrates at her CDU party's headquarters in Berlin on September 22, 2013, after the German general elections. AFP / Johannes Eisele

Merkel's election rivals push minimum wage

Jul 11, 2013 - 9:07 PM

A poll this week by the Forsa institute pointed at a tight election race placing both the ruling coalition of Merkel s conservatives and FDP and the SPD Greens alliance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly government cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on July 10, 2013. AFP / Johannes Eisele