Member States


    • Tsipras’ Syriza suffers major defeat in Greek local elections

      Tsipras’ Syriza suffers major defeat in Greek local elections

      In the second round of the regional and municipal elections in Greece on Sunday the conservative-backed candidates have won 12 of 13 of regions and captured the majority cities, confirming a trend seen in last week's first round as well as the EP election, news wires reported. PM Alexis Tsipras acknowledged the defeat of his left-wing Syriza party, saying one “must know how to win but also know how to lose.”

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    • SPD leader Andrea Nahles steps down

      SPD leader Andrea Nahles steps down

      Discussions in the parliamentary group and feedback from the party have shown that I no longer have the necessary support to carry out my duties, SPD leader Andrea Nahles said on Sunday. She specified that she will resign on Monday as chair of the SPD, and on Tuesday she will step down as chair of the SPD parliamentary group.

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    • Italy warned over insufficient progress on debt

      Italy warned over insufficient progress on debt

      The European Commission has sent a letter on Wednesday to the Italian government asking for clarification over its insufficient progress made in reducing the public debt and demanding that Italy change course from the current deficit target of 2.04%, or 0.7% of GDP, which corresponds to €11bn.

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    • Austria names its first female chancellor

      Austria names its first female chancellor

      Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen appointed the head of the country’s consitutional court as Austria’s first female chancellor Thursday to lead an caretaker government until elections can be held in September. Brigitte Bierlein will now be tasked with forming a cabinet after the previous government's right-wing coalition collapsed spectacularly over the so-called “Ibiza-gate” corruption scandal.

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    • Finland's coalition parties agree spending boost

      Finland's coalition parties agree spending boost

      The five Finnish parties in talks to form a new government plan to increase public spending by €1.2 billion over four years, Finland’s largest daily Helsingin Sanomat reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed government sources. The election-winning Social Democrats and four smaller parties have been in talks since the 14 April general election to agree a joint program for their planned coalition.

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    • Austria's Kurz ousted in no-confidence vote

      Austria's Kurz ousted in no-confidence vote

      The term of Sebastian Kurz as Austria’s Chancellor has come to an end after on Monday, the Austrian Parliament vote in favour of the motion of no confidence against the 32-year-old and his entire government - the first successful motion of its kind in the country.

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    • Italy to be slapped with €3bn EU fine

      Italy to be slapped with €3bn EU fine

      The European Commission is threatening Italy with a €3bn fine over breach of EU rules due to country's rising debt and structural deficit levels, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday. Commenting on the move, Salvini, whose far-right League party triumphed in European elections on Sunday, said he would use “all my energies” to fight what he said were outdated and unfair European fiscal rules.

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    • Economist wins Lithuania's presidential election

      Economist wins Lithuania's presidential election

      Prominent economist Gitanas Nauseda won Lithuania's presidential election held on Sunday together with election for European parliament. “I am grateful to the people who voted today and I can promise that politics will be different now in Lithuania. Everybody deserves a better life in our beautiful country,” he told a cheering crowd of supporters.

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    • Romania's court upholds jail sentence for ruling party leader

      Romania's court upholds jail sentence for ruling party leader

      The Romanian High Court of Cassation and Justice on Monday confirmed his original three-and-a-half-year jail sentence for the leader of the ruling Social Democrats Liviu Dragnea, news wires reported. The sentence is final. Dragnea, already blocked from being prime minister because of a 2016 conviction for vote-rigging, is expected to be imprisoned within 24 hours.

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    • EU elections: Salvini's League triumphs in Italy

      EU elections: Salvini's League triumphs in Italy

      Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's right-wing League party was the big winner in Italy in the European elections with around 34% of the vote, ANSA reported. Support for fellow Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio's 5-Star Movement (M5S) dropped to about 17%, around half the level it registered in last year's general election.

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