Elections

The populist challenge
Quo vadis, Europe? After the crucial electoral year of 2017, populism has not disappeared. In 2018, another 10 EU countries - including Italy, Ireland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Finland and Sweden - will hold general, presidential or local elections. Traditional parties are holding their breath again, facing the rise of populist rivals. How will Europe respond to this ongoing challenge to the established order?
Former Slovenian PM, current president of the right-wing Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) and winner of the Parliament elections Janez Jansa (R) meets President Borut Pahor to discuss the formation of a coalition in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on June 7, 2018. Photo: Jure Makovec / File
Former Slovenian PM, current president o […]

Slovenia anti-migrant party says will try to form coalition govt

The Slovenian anti-immigration party that came first in last week's election will attempt to form a coalition government, its leader says, despite falling well short of a parliamentary majority.
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gives a press conference with UN Secretary-General after their meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 16, 2018. Photo: John Thys / AFP
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Junc […]

Juncker calls for respect for new Italy govt

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker calls for Italy's new eurosceptic government to be treated with respect, having told Italians to stop blaming the EU for the country's problems.
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