The palace of the Catalan regional government in Barcelona, Spain, September 26, 2012 (Wikimedia Commons/Andriy Sadivskyy)
Catalans will elect a new regional parliament on December 21. Here is everything you need to know about the election.
The only real issue is whether or not to continue the independence process.
Separatist and unionist parties are evenly matched with the balance going to Catalonia in Common, a left-wing party that rejects both independence and Spain’s suspension of Catalan home rule.
If the separatists defend their majority and attempt to form another government, there are doubts Spain will let them.
American president Donald Trump gives a speech in Paris, France, July 12 (DoD/Dominique A. Pineiro)
Roy Moore’s defeat in Alabama’s special Senate election on Tuesday is a repudiation of Donald Trump and the party he wants to build.
Never one to accept responsibility, the president was up early this morning
tweeting he knew Moore couldn’t win and that’s why he supported his Republican opponent, Luther Strange, in the primary.
View of the Houses of Parliament in London, England, December 21, 2011 (Ben Sutherland)
Why have not more British people changed their minds about leaving the EU now that it turns out the promises of the “leave” campaign
are not being met?
argues in the Financial Times that it’s because Brexit has become the totem of the island’s culture war. Read more
French Republican leader Laurent Wauquiez attends a memorial ceremony in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, November 9 (Facebook)
Republicans in France are likely to take a harder line against President Emmanuel Macron under the leadership of Laurent Wauquiez.
An education minister in the last conservative government, Wauquiez prevailed in an internal leadership ballot on Sunday with almost 75 percent of the votes.
He has ruled out alliances with both Macron’s centrists and the far-right National Front.
But he argues the party must take the fight to the latter by returning to what he sees as the “true values of the right”: order, respect and security.
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View of the Thames in London, England at dawn (Uncoated)
writes in the Financial Times that the polarization of British politics has caused some to wonder if there might be room for a new party or political movement in the center.
Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry recently said “there are millions of people in this country who feel that there is not one political party that represents them.”
A group of entrepreneurs with serious money is clustered around Simon Franks, a former Labour donor.
Former prime minister Tony Blair is reportedly bringing together rebellious “sensibles” from all established parties with a view to collaborating at some point in the future.
Chris Coghlan and Annabel Mullin, two anti-Brexit politicians, have founded centrist new political parties in Battersea and Kensington, respectively.
Adam Knight, an angel investor who unsuccessfully ran in Witney — David Cameron’s old district — last year is said to be mulling a new movement.
The skyline of Tokyo, Japan (Unsplash/Louie Martinez)
The European Union and Japan have finalized a trade agreement that would create the world’s largest open economic zone when it comes into effect in 2019.
The deal cuts tariffs, harmonizes product regulations and liberalizes public procurement for a market of 600 million people.
The EU and Japan account for 28 percent of the world’s economic output.
In a joint statement, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe said the deal demonstrates their commitment “to keeping the world economy working on the basis of free, open and fair markets with clear and transparent rules.”