Center-Right Parties Form Government in Netherlands

Prime Ministers Theresa May of the United Kingdom, Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and Justin Trudeau of Canada pose for photographs outside NATO headquarters in Brussels, May 25
Prime Ministers Theresa May of the United Kingdom, Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and Justin Trudeau of Canada pose for photographs outside NATO headquarters in Brussels, May 25 (Flickr/Justin Trudeau)
  • 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

Catalonia’s Separatist Crisis

Catalans demonstrate for independence from Spain in Girona, October 1, 2014
Catalans demonstrate for independence from Spain in Girona, October 1, 2014 (Ariet/Carles Palacio)
  • 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

Catalans Vote for Independence in Controversial Referendum

Catalans wait in line in Barcelona to vote in a referendum about independence from Spain, October 1
Catalans wait in line in Barcelona to vote in a referendum about independence from Spain, October 1 (HazteOir)
  • 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

Merkel Wins Reelection in Germany But Will Need More Parties to Govern

German party leaders Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz
German party leaders Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz (EPP/Bayern SPD)
  • 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

Liberal Free Democrats Would Keep Merkel Sharp

Christian Lindner, leader of Germany's Free Democratic Party, gives an interview in Berlin, June 26
Christian Lindner, leader of Germany’s Free Democratic Party, gives an interview in Berlin, June 26 (INSM)

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

Catalans Determined to Vote in Referendum Declared Illegal

Catalans demonstrate for independence from Spain in Barcelona, July 10, 2010
Catalans demonstrate for independence from Spain in Barcelona, July 10, 2010 (SBA73)
  • 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

May to Stay in Power with Support of Northern Ireland Unionists

British prime minister Theresa May speaks with the American secretary of defense, James Mattis, at Lancaster House in London, England, May 11
British prime minister Theresa May speaks with the American secretary of defense, James Mattis, at Lancaster House in London, England, May 11 (DoD/Jette Carr)
  • 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