- Center-right parties in the Netherlands are due to form a coalition government.
- The four-party deal allows Mark Rutte to stay in power for four more years. Read more
- Spain has dissolved the autonomous Catalan government and taken eight of its thirteen ministers into custody.
- The five others, including President Carles Puigdemont, are in Belgium. They are wanted by Spanish authorities for organizing an independence referendum and declaring a breakaway republic. Read more
- Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy maintains “no self-determination referendum” was held in Catalonia on Sunday, although millions voted.
- Regional president Carles Puigdemont claims the region has “won the right to be an independent state”.
- Hundreds of Catalans were injured in altercations with Spanish riot police. Read more
- Germany could see a three-party “Jamaica” coalition after its election on Sunday.
- Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats lost support but are still the largest party.
- The Social Democrats suffered an historic defeat and have ruled out continuing the left-right “grand coalition”. Read more
There is little doubt Angela Merkel will win reelection in Germany on Sunday. Her Christian Democrats are projected to win up to 40 percent support against 25 percent for the second party, the Social Democrats.
The two could continue to share power in a “grand coalition”, but we’re hoping the liberal Free Democrats will win enough seats to help form a center-right government instead.
Polls suggest that the two parties might just fall short of a majority. Conservative and liberal voters who want to keep the left out of power ought to give the Free Democrats their support. Read more
- Spain claims control of Catalonia’s public finances and police force in an attempt to prevent the region from voting on independence.
- According to regional president Carles Puigdemont, Spain has “crossed a red line.” Read more
- Britain’s ruling Conservatives have lost their majority in Parliament, going down from 329 to 318 seats.
- But they should be able to govern with support from the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, which has ten seats. Read more