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Finland election: Tough coalition talks after split poll

The Social Democrats win a slim victory, but face a difficult task to form a coalition in parliament.
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Finland's SDP tries to build coalition after narrow election win

First leftist PM in 20 years may find it hard to build consensus amid splits over welfare systemFinland’s Social Democrats will try to form a coalition government after a narrow win in parliamentary elections that saw left-leaning parties make sweeping gains, despite a stronger than expected showing from the far right.The centre-left SDP, led by Antti Rinne, a 56-year-old former trade union leader, will have 40 MPs in a fragmented 200-seat Eduskunta (parliament) after winning 17.7% of the vote f...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, Climate Change, World news, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Social Democrats, SDP, Eduskunta, Antti Rinne


Finland’s center-left Social Democrats narrowly top poll

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s center-left Social Democratic Party is facing the tough task of trying to form a government coalition after becoming the Nordic country’s largest party by an extremely narrow margin following Sunday’s highly fragmented parliamentary election. With all votes counted Monday, the party led by Antti Rinne took 17.7% of votes and 40 […]
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Finland election: Tough coalition talks after split poll

The Social Democrats win a slim victory, but face a difficult task to form a coalition in parliament.
Tags: News, Finland, Social Democrats


Finnish Social Democrats and nationalist Finns Party nearly tied in election

Tipped to win, the opposition Social Democrats scored 17.7 percent, while their eurosceptic Finns Party rivals were at 17.5 percent, according to nearly complete results published by the justice ministry. With 99.5 percent of votes counted, the co-ruling Centre Party of Prime Minister Juha Sipila and the center-right National Coalition stood at 13.8 percent and 17.0 percent, respectively. "For the first time since 1999 we are the largest party in Finland ... SDP is the prime minister's party,"...
Tags: Science, Finland, Rinne, Social Democrats, Juha Sipila, National Coalition, Centre party, Finns Party


German Cabinet backs compromise in abortion dispute

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Cabinet has approved legislation that would loosen but not scrap a ban on doctors “advertising” abortions, an attempt to bridge a divide between the country’s governing parties. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior governing partners, the center-left Social Democrats, wanted to remove the ban from Germany’s criminal code. It provides for a fine […]
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German governing parties compromise in abortion dispute

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s governing coalition has agreed to let doctors and hospitals state that they perform abortions, despite a long-running ban on advertising the procedure. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior governing partners, the center-left Social Democrats, wanted to remove the ban from Germany’s criminal code. It provides for a fine or a prison sentence of […]
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FAQ: Who is Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Angela Merkel’s successor in Germany?

FAQ: Who is Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Angela Merkel’s successor in Germany? On Friday, December 7, Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as party leader. “AKK,” as she is known, is liberal on economic issues, conservative on social issues, and once called for the Roman Catholic Church to ordain a “quota” of female clerics. Here are the facts you need to know. What happened at Friday’s CDU party leadership vote? An...
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Fresh test for Merkel as Christian Democrats look set to lose control of Hesse 

Angela Merkel's political future looks increasingly precarious with voters on Sunday predicted to deliver her party its second major electoral blow within a month. German Chancellor's conservative Christian Democrats are predicted to receive just 28 percent of the vote in Hesse, a bellwether state home to Frankfurt, the nation's financial hub. It would mark a 10-point drop from the state's last election in 2013, according to the latest poll from German broadcaster ZDF, and ce...
Tags: News, Germany, Angela Merkel, Frankfurt, Merkel, Green Party, Bavaria, Social Democrats, Christian Social Union, Christian Democrats, Hesse, ZDF, Greens in Hesse


German president urges troubled government to get to work

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s president is urging the country’s governing parties to remember their “responsibility for a functioning government” after a bout of upheaval that has weighed on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s authority. Merkel’s fourth-term coalition between her conservative Union bloc and the center-left Social Democrats has been through two major crises since taking office in […]
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Polls Show Germany's Far-Right Party Grows In Popularity

The AFD is benefiting from being the official opposition to Chancellor Merkel's grand coalition government. Polls rate it Germany's second most popular party, dropping the Social Democrats to third.
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Germans angry over spy chief’s promotion after comments

BERLIN (AP) — A center-left party in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government wants to revisit a deal that saw the country’s embattled domestic intelligence chief promoted to a new post. German media reported Friday that Social Democrats leader Andrea Nahles is responding to outrage among members of her party who wanted the spy chief fired. […]
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Sweden Faces Uncertainty After Close Election Due To Far-Right Party Boost

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden woke Monday to the prospect of weeks of political uncertainty after the country’s two rival blocs failed to secure a clear governing majority in elections that saw a boost for a far-right party amid growing discontent with large-scale immigration. With most of the ballots counted, the governing center-left bloc had a razor-thin edge over the center-right opposition Alliance, with roughly 40 percent each. Sunday’s election saw the Sweden Democrats, an anti-immigrant party ...
Tags: News, Sweden, Berlin, World news, Ap, Stockholm, Warsaw, Copenhagen Denmark, Stefan Lofven, Social Democrats, Olsen, TT, Anders Ygeman, Frank Jordans, Expressen, Lofven


Sweden faces political impasse after inconclusive election

PM refuses calls to resign while second-placed Moderates rebuff overtures from far rightThe leaders of Sweden’s main left and rightwing parliamentary blocs have staked claims to form the next government, heralding weeks or months of fraught negotiations after an election that left them almost tied and far short of a majority amid gains by both the far right and smaller parties.The incumbent prime minister, Stefan Löfven, whose Social Democrats remained the largest party with 28.4% of the vote, i...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, World news, Stefan Lofven, Social Democrats


Mainstream parties shrink in Sweden election

Sweden's electorate fragmented at the ballot box, delivering a less-impressive showing for the far right than anticipated by polls—and a better one for the Left Party. The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats still made big gains, though, leaving the country's mainstream parties at a weak ebb and raising the possibility of a hung parliament. Sweden looked set for a period of political confusion after election results on Sunday put a center-right bloc and the governing center-left coalition neck and...
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Swedish left and right stake claims to form next government

PM refuses calls to resign while second-placed Moderates rebuff overtures from far rightThe leaders of Sweden’s main left and rightwing parliamentary blocs have staked claims to forming the next government, heralding weeks or months of fraught negotiations after an election that left them almost tied and far short of a majority amid gains by both the far right and smaller parties.The incumbent prime minister, Stefan Löfven, whose Social Democrats remained the largest party with 28.4% of the vote...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, World news, Stefan Lofven, Social Democrats


Sweden faces hung parliament as hard-Right nationalists gain ground

A Swedish nationalist party with neo-Nazi roots made major gains in elections on Sunday, robbing the mainstream centrist parties of a majority and pushing the country towards a hung parliament.  Sweden Democrats, which has blamed a recent surge in rapes, sex attacks and riots on immigrants, is set to secure 18 per cent of the vote. The ruling centre-left Social Democrats were in the lead with 28 per cent of the votes, down from 31 per cent in the 2014 election and its lowest score in decades.  M...
Tags: Europe, News, Sweden, Syria, Afghanistan, Nazi, Stockholm, Afp, Stefan Lofven, TT News Agency, Henrik, Social Democratic Party, Social Democrats, Social Democratic, Social Democrat, Jimmie Akesson


Sweden's nationalist party comes second place in elections - exit poll

A radical right wing group with a neo-Nazi past was set to become Sweden's second largest party on Sunday night, after exit polls suggested it had won nearly 20 per cent of the vote.  Sweden Democrats, which blames the country's recent surge in rapes, sexual assaults and riots on immigrants, came second place in Sunday's elections according to an exit poll by state broadcaster SVT.  The ruling centre-left Social Democrats were in the lead with 26.2 per cent of the votes, down from...
Tags: Europe, News, Sweden, Syria, Afghanistan, Nazi, Stockholm, Afp, Stefan Lofven, Henrik, Social Democrats, Jimmie Akesson, Josefine, Lofven, Sweden Democrats, Åkesson


Sweden election: voters go to polls amid far-right fears – live

Follow the latest in Sweden’s general election, where anti-immigration populist Sweden Democrats are expected to make big gains 5.06pm BST Voter Claes Wennberg is worried about investment in teachers and nurses in Sweden. He says the election is about welfare and rising taxes. "What differs between the Social Democrats and Swedish Democrats is that the first see everyone as equal. This election has been about welfare & raising taxes; Sweden needs to invest in teachers and nurses as well! " C...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, World news, Migration, The far right, Social Democrats, Claes Wennberg, Robin Eggers, Biskopsgården


Group launches new leftist movement in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — A new group calling itself “Stand Up” and led by one of Germany’s most prominent leftist politicians has officially launched its “movement” to revive the fortunes of the country’s ailing left. Sahra Wagenknecht, from the country’s furthest left-leaning party, as well as two well-known members of the Greens and the Social Democrats, […]
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The Guardian view on the Swedish elections: danger ahead | Editorial

Polls suggest further success for the anti-immigrant party in Sweden. But there is no cause for despairThe Swedish general election seems likely to produce a result nearly as unclear and emotionally charged as the Brexit referendum did in Britain. The traditional blocs on the left and right, which have tussled over power for nearly a century, have both been pushed aside by the populist and anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats (SD), who seem certain to hold the balance of power in parliament as they d...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, World news, Britain, The far right, Nazi, Brexit, Social Democratic Party, Social Democrats


Sweden’s far right has flourished because the elite lost touch with the people | Andrew Brown

Whatever the result of the general election, Sweden Democrats’ nationalist stance is now part of the political conversationThe Sweden Democrats look at first sight like any of the other anti-immigrant and populist parties that have spread across Europe in the last decade. They are said to be Steve Bannon’s favourite party with their programme of xenophobia and cultural nationalism – the 1950s, but with mobile phones, as one of their founders once told a journalist.They have risen from the extrem...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, World news, The far right, Andrew Brown, Social Democrats, Steve Bannon


Germany: Merkel’s government argues about future pensions

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is arguing about pensions, with Merkel’s center-left coalition partners pressing for a guarantee that they will remain stable until 2040. The coalition of Merkel’s conservative Union bloc and the center-left Social Democrats agreed when it took office earlier this year to ensure pensions remain at the current […]
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Sweden’s far right may loom large, but I’m confident it won’t govern | Peter Wolodarski

Björn Söder’s comments on Jewish and Sami people reveal his party’s disturbing instinct to rank people by originsSweden’s general election is just a month away, and the deputy speaker of the Swedish parliament has this summer repeated his claim that Jewish and Sami people are not Swedes. Björn Söder, of the far-right Sweden Democrats party – which is currently polling at a record 20%, just behind the ruling Social Democrats – first made the claim in a newspaper interview four years ago, to wides...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, Religion, World news, Judaism, Race issues, Poland, The far right, Sami, Social Democrats, Antisemitism, Peter Wolodarski, Björn Söder


The tragedy of Venezuela’s socialism

The tragedy of Venezuela’s socialism The real crisis in Venezuela didn’t start with the late Hugo Chavez. He and President Nicolas Maduro, a dictator in truth, are the inevitable result of more than 40 years of stable economic development combined with a steadily eroding democratic political culture. The 21st Century Socialism advanced by Chavez and now Maduro is the product of four decades of corruption and a bloated bureaucracy that advanced under a democ...
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Migration 'mini-summit' expected to end in failure amid bitter EU divisions

A ‘mini-summit’ of more than half of the European Union’s leaders appears doomed to end in frustration as the EU struggles to contain huge splits among its members over migration policy. German leader Angela Merkel, whose political future is under threat unless she can wrest deals from her European counterparts on migration, has already conceded the mini-summit in Brussels on Sunday will bring no solution to the problem. Mrs Merkel, on a visit to Lebanon on Saturday, also admitted that Thursday’...
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Who and what are behind Germany’s government crisis?

Chancellor Angela Merkel's fourth-term government took nearly six months to put together, and only took office after the center-left Social Democrats reluctantly agreed to team up with her conservatives
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Merkel ally: Bavarian governor acting like ‘bonsai Trump’

The leader of Germany's center-left Social Democrats says the conservative governor of Bavaria is acting like a "bonsai Trump" amid a deepening spat within the government over its migration policy
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Denmark bans Islamic full-face veil in public spaces

Denmark on Thursday became the latest European country to ban the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces in a move slammed by human rights campaigners as "a violation of women's rights". Presented by the centre-right government, the legislation was also backed by the Social Democrats and the far-right Danish People's Party. It is not known how many women wear the niqab and burqa in Denmark.
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Here's what to expect when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces angry EU lawmakers next week (FB)

Facebook will face a double grilling from European lawmakers next week over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, its role in election interference, and its attitude to new privacy laws. CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet politicians in a closed session on Tuesday, while Sheryl Sandberg could be quizzed by the EU's Civil Liberties Committee in an open session. Committee chair and British MEP Claude Moraes wants Zuckerberg's meeting to be in public, and told Business Insider that politicians are unafraid...
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