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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

Q and A: One umbrella, one movement against China extradition

Jun 21, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'I have been blacklisted by Duterte. I joined some human rights conference in the Philippines and I joined some protests. I found myself on the blacklist,' says Ma Wan-ki, one of the young protesters in Hong Kong

IN PROTEST. In a picture taken on June 16, 2019, bystanders (foreground) watch from a footbridge as protesters march towards the government headquarters in Hong Kong.  File photo by Yan Zhao/AFP

Romania's ruling party strongman begins jail sentence

May 27, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The verdict will almost certainly remove from public life a man who was widely seen as the puppet master behind the Social Democrats and the government they lead

JAILED. This file photo taken on April 15, 2019 shows Romania's Social Democrat Party leader Liviu Dragnea (C) leaving the High court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) after his last appeareance before the court in the 'fake jobs' case. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Austrian chancellor loses no-confidence showdown

May 27, 2019 - 10:33 PM

The no-confidence vote against Sebastian Kurz and his government takes place in a special sitting of parliament with more than half of MPs withdrawing their support, making him the shortest-serving chancellor

SEBASTIAN KURZ. In this file photo, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz delivers his speech during the conference of the CDU Economic Council, "Economy Day 2018" in Berlin, on June 12, 2018. File photo by Jens Büttner/dpa/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

Sweden risks government deadlock as far-right gains

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:33 AM

(UPDATED) The Sweden Democrats, with roots in the neo-Nazi movement, are presenting the the large number of asylum-seekers as a threat to Swedish culture and claim they put a strain on the country's generous welfare state

FAR-RIGHT. Jimmie Akesson of the Sweden Democrats speaks at the election party at the Kristallen restaurant in central Stockholm on September 9, 2018. Photo by Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/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

'Czech Trump' clinches wide lead in election

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:20 AM

(UPDATED) Billionaire populist Andrej Babis favors a united Europe and balks at talk of a 'Czexit'

NEXT LEADER? Czech billionaire Andrej Babis, chairman of the ANO movement (YES), walks to cast his ballot at a polling station during the first day of the Czech elections on October 20, 2017 in Pruhonice, Central Bohemia. Photo by Michal Cizek/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

Whither Ateneo in the Age of Duterte?

May 03, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Today for the first time in more than a decade Ateneo finds itself a castaway from the halls of power The most powerful man in the country despises us as a haven of the yellowtards and oligarchs he despises

Germany elects 'anti-Trump' Steinmeier as new president

Feb 12, 2017 - 1:06 PM

3rd UPDATE Former foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier gets 931 of 1 239 valid votes

Former German Foreign Minister and presidential candidate Frank-Walter Steinmeier attends a party meeting on February 11, 2017 in Berlin, on the eve of the presidential election. Rainer Jensen / DPA / AFP

Merkel under pressure after poll defeat to anti-migrant party

Sep 05, 2016 - 8:32 AM

UPDATED The xenophobic Alternative for Germany AfD clinched around 21 in its first bid for seats in the regional parliament of Mecklenburg Western Vorpommern

German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands at a Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party campaign on the eve of state election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, in Bad Doberan, eastern Germany, on September 3, 2016. Adam Berry / AFP

Germany's anti-migrant populists beat Merkel's party in local vote

Sep 04, 2016 - 12:35 PM

3rd UPDATE German Chancellor Angela Merkel s Christian Democratic Union gets just 19 in Mecklenburg Western Vorpommern – its worst showing there

MATE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands at a Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party campaign on the eve of state election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Eastern Germany, on September 3, 2016. Photo by Adam Berry/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

Swedish PM calls snap election after losing budget vote

Dec 03, 2014 - 10:00 PM

UPDATED The announcement of March 22 polls comes after the ruling minority coalition fails to push its budget past the populist Sweden Democrats who refuse their support in parliament in response to the government s pro immigration policies

Prime Minister Stefan Loefven (L) in Stockholm 18 September 2014. File/Henrik Montgomery/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

Sweden's Social Democrats reclaim power, as far right gains

Sep 15, 2014 - 7:42 AM

The anti immigrant Sweden Democrats more than doubled their votes to 12 9 becoming the Nordic country s third largest party and striving for a role as absolute kingmaker in the legislature

ELECTION VICTORY. Opposition leader Stefan Loefven speaks on election night at the party of the Social Democrats, in Stockholm, Sweden, 14 September 2014, after the prime minister conceded defeat after the results in the Swedish general elections. Jonas Ekstromer/EPA

Anti-euro party extends gains in eastern Germany

Sep 15, 2014 - 7:03 AM

Germany s fledgling anti euro party celebrated election gains in two eastern states in a show of strength that spells a growing threat for Chancellor Angela Merkel s conservatives

Bernd Lucke (L), federal chairman of Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and Alexander Gauland (R), AfD's top candidate for Brandenburg state elections react on the first predictions in Potsdam, Germany, 14 September 2014. Ralf Hirschberger/EPA

Fijians go to polls, seek to end 'coup culture'

Sep 14, 2014 - 10:40 AM

The September 17 vote is considered pivotal to ending the archipelago s coup culture which saw 4 governments toppled between 1987 and 2006 amid instability stemming from tensions between indigenous Fijians and ethnic Indians

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

Conservatives win Macedonia's polls, opposition cries foul

Apr 28, 2014 - 7:49 AM

Macedonia s ruling conservatives win the snap elections but the opposition cries foul alleging vote fraud

PM in pole position as Slovaks vote for president

Mar 16, 2014 - 12:50 AM

Slovaks vote in the first round of a Presidential election that PM Fico is expected to win igniting concern that his leftist Social Democrats could monopolize power in the eurozone country

VOTE. Slovaks vote in the 1st round of a presidential election that PM Robert Fico is poised to win, amid concerns that his leftist Social Democrats could monopolize power in the eurozone country. Photo by Samuel Kubani/AFP

Merkel, finally, to be sworn in ending political limbo

Dec 17, 2013 - 2:02 PM

Eighty six days after Merkel 59 swept to victory in elections but failed to grab an outright majority

BACK IN POWER. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (center), along with other top German officials,  arrives for the signing of the new "grand coalition" government agreement at the German Parliament on December 16, 2013. AFP/John Macdougall

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, defeated rivals agree to seek grand coalition

Oct 17, 2013 - 10:45 PM

Merkel s Christian Democratic Union allies Christian Social Union and center left Social Democratic Party will now formally recommend the launch of coalition talks to their party committees

Merkel set for third round of coalition talks with Social Democrats

Oct 15, 2013 - 12:46 PM

CDU secretary general Hermann Groehe said a formal decision on more talks would be made later Tuesday

CDU TOP BRASS. Chief of Staff of the German Chancellery and German Minister for Special Affairs Ronald Pofalla, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Hesse state governor Volker Bouffier and Bavaria state governor and Christian Social Union (CSU) party chairman Horst Seehofer in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2013. EPA/Tim Brakemeier

Merkel's party to start early coalition talks Friday

Sep 30, 2013 - 11:16 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel s conservatives will start talks with their defeated center left election rivals on Friday the first step on a long and thorny road that could end in a grand coalition government

INCUMBENT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves during an election campaign event of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on September 21, 2013 in Stralsund, eastern Germany. AFP/John Macdougall

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

Opposition beats Merkel team in knife-edge state poll

Jan 21, 2013 - 8:17 AM

Germany s centre left opposition beat Chancellor Angela Merkel s ruling alliance Sunday January 20 in a cliffhanger state poll eight months ahead of a national vote

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during a meeting of the German Conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Stralsund, northern Germany, on January 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO / OVE ARSCHOLL