European election

Where is the EU headed?
At the end of May 2019 the citizens of the European Union will go to the polls to elect their representatives in the European Parliament. In the face of developments such as Brexit, a continent-wide resurgence of populist movements and new foreign policy challenges the election could be more important for the future of the continent than ever before. How will Europe decide?
Spanish caretaker prime minister, socialist Pedro Sanchez, applauds after winning a parliamentary vote to elect a premier at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) in Madrid on January 7, 2020. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP
Spanish caretaker prime minister, social […]

Spanish PM turns left in coalition with Podemos

Spain's new coalition between PM Pedro Sanchez's Socialists and hard-left Podemos wants to raise taxes for the rich, roll back a reform of labour market laws and raise salaries
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (L, OeVP) and Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler (R, Green) attend the first Council of Ministers of a new government coalition of conservatives and Greens in Vienna on January 8, 2020. Photo: Alex Halada / AFP
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (L, O […]

Austria’s unlikely coalition plan boasts ‘best of both worlds’

Austria's new coalition of conservatives and Greens has set out plans to make the country not only a pioneer in fighting climate change but also one that pursues anti-immigration policies
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
German Defence Minister and EU commission president candidate Ursula von der Leyen speaks to journalists during the first plenary session of the newly elected European Assembly at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on July 3, 2019. Photo: Frederick Florin / AFP
German Defence Minister and EU commissio […]

New EU chief must piece together diverse top team

After negotiating her own confirmation as president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen must now put together a 27-nation team to help her run the bloc
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