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David Sassoli is a new President of the European Parliament

David Sassoli

3.7.2019 – Today, MEPs elected David Sassoli as the new President of the European Parliament. He received 345 of the 667 valid ballots in the second round. David Sassoli was born on May 30, 1956 in Florence. Since 2009, he has been re-elected to the Italian Democratic Party (S & D) for the third term [...]

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Game of EU Thrones

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1.6.2019 – The European Parliament’s elections that concluded on May 26 turned out to be a Game of Thrones replay – a long and complex story with a surprising and, for many, unsatisfactory outcome. As with Game of Thrones, some fans are calling for a different ending. They would like to sack the authors and [...]

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Preliminary results of the European elections

European ELECTION preliminary results 2019

27.5.2019 – Turnout was up, apparently between 45 and 50% (preliminary results) across the continent, the center-right, center-left groupings lost seats and Euroskeptic parties did well in Italy, Sweden, Hungary and Poland but fell short of a surge across the region. Also the Greens and Liberals prospered. The results county by country are here: here [...]

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Genera elections in Spain

Spain elections

29.4.2019 – Spain’s governing Socialists have won the country’s third election in four years, but are short of a majority.PM Pedro Sánchez’s party polled 29% and will need the help of either left-wing Podemos and regional parties, or the centre right, to form a government. Far-right party Vox also won seats – the first time [...]

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German elections – Angela Merkel is set for a fourth term in office


25.9.2017-After winning its first parliamentary seats, AfD vowed to fight “an invasion of foreigners” into the country. “We want a different policy,” co-leader Alexander Gauland said following the historic surge. But splits have already emerged between AfD leaders on the party’s direction. There were surprising scenes at the party’s news conference on Monday morning when [...]

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Congratulations from Donald Tusk to France


8.5.2017 – Letter of congratulations from President Donald Tusk to Emmanuel Macron on his election as President of the French Republic – The French people have elected you as their President. It is a pleasure to extend my wholehearted congratulations on your election as President of the French Republic. On behalf of the European Council [...]

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A Turning Point for Europe

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After the annus horribilis of 2016, when the United Kingdom decided to withdraw from the European Union and Donald Trump won the US presidency, the first months of 2017 have given Europeans new cause for hope.In the Netherlands’ recent general election, the anti-EU populist Geert Wilders fell short of expectations, and suffered a relative defeat [...]

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Looking Back on Barack

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Any assessment of Barack Obama’s eight-year US presidency should start at the beginning: his first inauguration, on January 20, 2009. The US economy was in free-fall: financial markets had seized up, GDP was shrinking, and employment was plummeting, with some 800,000 jobs being lost each month. And two ill-conceived and badly executed foreign wars were [...]

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Presidental elections in Austria


Norbert Hofer lost to former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen, who had put the June Brexit referendum at the center of his campaign. Hofer, of the anti-immigration and anti-Islam Freedom Party (FPO), was seeking to become Europe’s first freely elected far-right head of state since World War Two but conceded defeat soon after polls [...]

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Presidents Tusk and Juncker congratulate Donald Trump

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We extend our sincere congratulations on your election as the 45th President of the United States of America. The strategic partnership between the European Union and the United States is rooted in our shared values of freedom, human rights, democracy and a belief in the market economy. Over the years, the European Union and the [...]

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America After the Election

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The ongoing presidential campaign in the United States stands out for its lack of civility and the vast differences between the candidates: the anti-establishment businessman Donald Trump on the Republican side and the polished politician Hillary Clinton representing the Democrats. The contest has exposed deep fault lines within American society and damaged the country’s global [...]

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Serbs support EU accession


Serbia’s pro-European ruling party appeared headed for a victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, as early returns gave the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić more than half the vote. With 65 percent of votes counted, the SNS got 51 percent, according to the Centre for Free Elections and Democracy (CeSID) — that’s [...]

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What Now for Britain and Europe?


The surprise result of the United Kingdom’s general election, which will return Prime Minister David Cameron and the Conservative Party to power for another five years, suggests that Britain’s voters prefer the devil they know to the devil they don’t. That may also apply, one hopes, to European Union membership, too. Indeed, with Cameron’s big [...]

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Newcomer emerges top in Slovenia’s election

Miro Cerar

A party formed just six weeks ago by a political newcomer emerged top in Slovenia’s early parliamentary elections on Sunday July 13, raising questions over the future of EU-mandated reforms in the country. Preliminary figures showed the centre-left Party of Miro Cerar, a law professor and son of an Olympic gymnast, had won 34.6 per [...]

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New European Parliament


Martin Schulz was elected  1st July for a second term as president of the European Parliament. The vote was 409 for Schulz, 314 for other candidates or blank. It is the first time that a Parliament president has been re-elected for a second term. He will held the office for two and a half years [...]

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