German Greens leap in EU vote as left slumps

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany’s Green party doubled its share of the vote in Sunday’s European Parliament election, leaping into second place behind Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and above the center-left Social Democrats. An exit poll in the European Union’s biggest member state showed the Greens on 22%, Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their conservative allies on 28%, down eight percentage […]

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Britain and Ireland will work to end Northern Irish vacuum in weeks not months: Coveney

LONDON (Reuters) – Ireland and Britain will work with Northern Irish parties to try to restore a devolved government in the province within weeks rather than months, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said. The British-run province has been without a devolved executive for over two years since Irish nationalists Sinn Fein withdrew from the compulsory power-sharing government with the pro-British […]

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Britain's May to meet influential 1922 executive next week: Conservative lawmakers

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May has offered to meet the executive of an influential Conservative Party group next week to address growing calls for her to cut short her premiership, two Conservative lawmakers said on Wednesday. At a regular meeting of the influential 1922 Committee, which groups Conservative lawmakers and can make or break party leaders, chairman […]

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British would boost eurosceptics in next EU parliament: survey

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British voters at the elections for the next European Parliament would strengthen eurosceptic groups, while the center-right would remain the largest grouping in the legislature, an EU survey showed on Thursday. The projection, commissioned by the European Parliament, showed that the two most eurosceptic groups in the parliament would increase their share of seats to 14.3 percent […]

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Brits to vote again? Brexit delay creates headache for Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Brexit paralysis has prompted talk of a British election or a second referendum but one odd side-effect could be Britons having to cast their votes for an EU parliament they had decided to leave. Britain is scheduled to quit the European Union on March 29, two months before citizens of the other 27 EU states elect a […]

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UK opposition Labour Party chides government over ferry contract

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party on Monday criticized the government for awarding a 14 million pound ($18 million) contract to a ferry company with no ships to provide backup freight cover in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Labour’s transport spokesman, Andy McDonald, said the transport ministry had failed to carry out proper checks on the company, Seaborne […]

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Brexit spells peril for UK Conservatives' future, says former minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Former minister Jo Johnson said that the future of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party would be in peril if Prime Minister Theresa May proceeded with Brexit, hours after Britain agreed the draft text for leaving the European Union. The former junior transport minister, who is the younger brother of former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, issued a searing critique […]

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Merkel ally poised to win center-right backing for EU's top job

HELSINKI (Reuters) – A reserved Bavarian who has modeled himself on Germany’s pragmatic chancellor is set to win the backing of Europe’s center-right parties on Thursday to stand in the race to become European Commission president, according to voting projections. German EU lawmaker Manfred Weber is vying against former Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb to be endorsed as the European […]

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