# Elections

Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for a European Union Summit at the Europa building in Brussels on December 12, 2019. - European Union leaders meet without Britain on December 12, but their departing neighbour's absence will not make agreeing a budget any easier. Inside the chamber, the clash over climate take Brexit's place as the dominant theme of the summit, the first to be chaired by incoming EU Council president Charles Michel. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)
Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte a […]

Dutch ‘preachers and salesmen’ lead EU frugality drive

The Netherlands will be at the centre of upcoming talks over European spending on the coronavirus crisis, driven by a mix of traditional Calvinist frugality and political reality, experts say
People use hand sanitiser in a polling station in Bordeaux, southwest France set up ahead of the first round of the mayoral elections on March 15, 2020. Photo: Georges Gobet / AFP
People use hand sanitiser in a polling s […]

Viral vote: health fears cast pall over French elections

Have you washed your hands? Did you bring your own pen? Along with deciding who to vote for, these are two of the questions French voters may face when they go to local polls Sunday
A pedestrian walks past a billboard in west Belfast on December 8, 2017 erected by Republican Party Sinn Fein calling for a special status for Northern Ireland with respect to Brexit and no hard borders in Ireland. Photo: Paul Faith / AFP
A pedestrian walks past a billboard in w […]

‘Brexit election’ raises hopes and fears in Northern Ireland

PM Boris Johnson's crushing election victory gives Britain a chance to move past years of Brexit gridlock -- especially in Northern Ireland, where social and political divides run deep
A Brexit activist holds a Union Flag-themed umbrella as he demonstrates outside of the Houses of Parliament in central London on October 21, 2019. Photo: Isabel Infantes / AFP
A Brexit activist holds a Union Flag-the […]

UK general election: what could happen?

Britain votes in a crucial general election on Thursday, with latest opinion polls showing Prime Minister Boris Johnson locked in a tight battle to win a majority and deliver his Brexit plans