Greek conservatives take charge in early election results

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s opposition conservatives were on track to return to power by a landslide on Sunday, early results showed, unseating incumbent leftists blamed for foisting a bailout on the country which critics say was unnecessary. The win appeared driven by fatigue with years of European Union-enforced belt-tightening, combined with high unemployment, after the country almost crashed out of […]

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Sudan military chief offers talks as violence death toll hits 60

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan’s military ruler offered to resume talks with opposition groups without conditions on Wednesday, in an apparent olive branch two days after security forces mounted a deadly raid on a protest camp in central Khartoum. Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’s offer marked a step-back from the army’s decision to cancel all deals with the opposition after the […]

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Tunisia PM Chahed elected as leader of new secular party

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s secular Tahya Tounes party, founded this year, elected Prime Minister Youssef Chahed as its president on Sunday, confirming expectations of his leadership months before parliamentary and presidential elections. The new party was formed in January after months of wrangling within ruling coalition party Nidaa Tounes, resulting in the resignation of dozens of leaders. The fragile coalition, […]

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Italy PM Conte to threaten to quit unless coalition squabbles end: papers

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will threaten to resign on Monday unless the fractious ruling parties settle their differences and get on with governing, several Italian newspapers reported. Relations between the coalition partners, the far-right League and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, soured during the campaign for European elections on May 26. The League won 34.3% of the […]

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Top Austrian judge to become country's first female chancellor

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s president has picked the female president of the Constitutional Court to become interim chancellor after parliament voted Sebastian Kurz’s government out of office in the wake of a video sting scandal. Brigitte Bierlein, who is due to reach the court’s mandatory retirement age of 70 this year, will be tasked with putting together a cabinet that […]

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European Parliament elections: What happened to the populist surge?

As projected by Sky News analysis, almost a third of the seats in the European Parliament have been taken by populists. In March, before it was known that the UK would take part, Sky analysis projected that 22 out of 27 countries would return MEPs from populist parties. Still, with some countries with estimated and provisional results, 227 out of […]

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British PM May expected to announce date of her departure

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected on Friday to announce the date of her departure, triggering a contest that will bring a new leader to power who is likely to push for a more decisive Brexit divorce deal. After a crisis-riven premiership of almost three years, May is due to meet the chairman of the powerful […]

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Modi promises inclusive India after stunning election win

NEW DELHI/AYODHYA (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to unite the country on Thursday after a big election win, with his party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security. Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 300 of […]

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