• Spain's PM to call early election for mid-April

      Spain's PM to call early election for mid-April

      Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is reportedly considering calling an early national election for 14 April, state-owned news agency EFE reported on Monday citing unnamed government sources. The move comes as Sanchez's Socialists party, which holds less than a quarter of the seats in the lower parliamentary house, has been struggling to gather enough support to pass a 2019 budget bill.

    • Sweden likely to keep Lofven as PM

      Sweden likely to keep Lofven as PM

      Sweden’s Social Democratic Leader Stefan Lofven is highly expected to be chosen prime minister for another four years in power after convincing the Swedish Left Party to support his new centrist government. Lofven already has the backing of the Centre, Liberals and Greens, bringing together parties from the centre-left and center-right blocs. But after two days of talks, Left Party Leader Jonas Sjostedt also said he would back Lofven’s new coalition, giving the former welder the numbers he needs to be elected to a second term in a vote on Friday.

    • EU once again at crossroads

      EU once again at crossroads

      The European Union is entering 2019 pressured by a number of problems and issues, some of which could turn into crises. By end-March the United Kingdom will have to leave the Union. With less than three months left, there is still no certainty whether it will happen with or without deal. While hopes are high that British MPs will eventually support May's Brexit plan, both the EU and the UK will be weakened once Britain left the Union.

    • Israel set for early elections

      Israel set for early elections

      Just a day before Christmas Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called early elections for April, nearly eight months earlier than required by law, setting the stage for a three-month campaign clouded by a series of corruption investigations against the long-serving Israeli leader. The announcement was made after the leaders of Israel's coalition government decided "in agreement and unanimously, to disperse the Knesset (parliament) and call for new elections," as Netanyahu himself confirmed at a press conference the same day.

    • Georgia elects its first woman president

      Georgia elects its first woman president

      Preliminary results show former Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili defeated Grigol Vashadze by 59.5% to 40.5% in Wednesday’s presidential runoff, Georgia’s Central Election Commission reported on its website. Notably, now she will become the first woman to be elected as president in any former Soviet republic outside the Baltic states. 

    • Democrats win House, but lose Senate

      Democrats win House, but lose Senate

      One-party rule in Washington is over, at least for the next two years. Democrats won the seats needed to take the House of Representatives. Moreover, early results show that suburban America voted Democrat overwhelmingly, even in traditional Republican areas, suggesting a frustration with the politics represented by Donald Trump. Among the 23 seats that Democrats needed to flip the House include those taken by Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in Florida, Lauren Underwood in Illinois, Jennifer Wexton in Virginia and Colin Allred in Texas.