Member States


    • Poland: Centrists edge in key mayoral races

      Poland: Centrists edge in key mayoral races

      Despite making major gains in provincial assemblies, Poland's populist ruling party suffered a sweeping defeat in municipal voting in a set of elections on 4 November, confirming that Poland is a nation ever more deeply divided between its liberal cities and its conservative countryside. In elections for local and regional offices around the country, the governing Law and Justice won just 4 of 107 mayoral races, down from the 11 it won four years ago.

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    • New weather alert Monday in four Italy's regions

      New weather alert Monday in four Italy's regions

      Thunderstorms caused 12 more storm deaths in Sicily at the weekend, bringing to 32 the Italy death toll since the extreme weather started battering the country 10 days ago, ANSA reported. Premier Giuseppe Conte announced €1bn in funding to fix "hydrogeological instability" across the length and breadth of Italy.

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    • New Caledonia narrowly rejects independence from France

      New Caledonia narrowly rejects independence from France

      Voters in New Caledonia rejected independence for the Pacific archipelago in a referendum on Sunday, the final results show. Some 56.4% of voters chose to remain under French rule, with turnout high at 80.%. The outcome came somewhat as a surprise, with earlier polls forecasting that 63-75% of New Caledonians would vote “no” in the referendum.

       

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    • French far-right overtakes Macron in EU parliament election poll

      French far-right overtakes Macron in EU parliament election poll

      France’s far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party jumped ahead of President Emmanuel Macron’s LREM for the first time in a poll of voting intentions for May 2019 European Parliament elections. An Ifop poll published on Sunday showed the centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) with 19% of voting intentions compared to 20% at the end of August, while far-right leader Marine Le Pen’s RN - formerly the National Front - rose to 21% from 17% previously

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    • Who will sit at the CDU's helm

      Who will sit at the CDU's helm

      Several well known figures among the conservatives party lines have immediately expressed interest and willingness to succeed Angela Merkel as CDU's leader. According to analysts, the race at the party's December conference will be a very tight one. Here come those who are currently considered as having reasonable chances to head the conservatives.

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    • Merkel quiet rise to power

      Merkel quiet rise to power

      When Angela Merkel became Germany's first female chancellor in 2005, many saw this as proof that it is not always a disadvantage to be underestimated by inner-party rivals, DW reminds. Despite attempts by several foreign journalists to get her to say how she felt after being picked as chancellor, Merkel had difficulties expressing her emotions.

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    • The end of the Chancellor

      The end of the Chancellor

      Something unthinkable until recently is on a way to happen very soon. In a couple of years, maybe even next year, there will be no more Merkel at the helm of Germany and respectively Europe. After 13 years as chancellor she announced last Monday that she would step down as leader of her conservative CDU party at the party's conference in December, and moreover she would not vie for a fifth term as chancellor at the next elections due in 2021. The end of an era was announced.

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    • Merkel looks to Africa to cement a legacy shaped by migration

      Merkel looks to Africa to cement a legacy shaped by migration

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted African leaders on Tuesday, pledging a new development fund to tackle underdevelopment on the continent that has helped to spur mass migration, shaping the later years of her long premiership. Merkel announced on Monday she would retire from politics by 2021, sending shockwaves across Europe and starting a race to succeed her. She needs the Compact with Africa summit to show that progress has been made in addressing the aftermath of one of the defining moments of her 13 years in power: her 2015 decision to open Germany’s doors to more than a million refugees.

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