- 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
- Separatists defended their majority in Catalonia on Thursday.
- Parties that want to secede from Spain won seventy out of 135 seats in the regional parliament against 57 for the unionists. Read more
- 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 charged its members with rebellion and sedition after they declared independence.
- Elections for a new parliament will be held on December 21. 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