- Catalonia celebrates its national holiday on Tuesday.
- The date, September 11, commemorates the fall of Barcelona in 1714. Catalonia had backed the losing side in the War of the Spanish Succession. Read more
- Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have resigned from Theresa May’s government.
- Both opposed her Brexit strategy of seeking as close as trade relationship with the EU as possible without accepting free movement of EU nationals. Read more
- Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has lost a confidence vote in parliament in the wake of a corruption scandal in his conservative party.
- The Socialist Party’s Pedro Sánchez takes his place with the support of far-left and regionalist parties. Read more
- Italian president Sergio Mattarella has blocked a government of the Euroskeptic Five Star Movement and League by vetoing its candidate for finance minister.
- A technocratic government, led by Carlo Cottarelli, is due to take power until new elections can be held. Read more
- Italians elected a new parliament on Sunday.
- The populist Five Star Movement and Northern League made gains at the expense of mainstream parties. Read more
There are two realistic outcomes to Italy’s election on Sunday: a right-wing government that includes the xenophobic Brothers of Italy and Northern League or a German-style grand coalition between Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and the Democrats.
The second would be better for Italy and for Europe. To make that outcome more likely, Italians should vote for the center-left. Read more
- Christian Democrats and Social Democrats have finalized a deal for another “grand coalition” government in Germany.
- The agreement would allow Angela Merkel to remain chancellor for four more years. Read more