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 a continuation of the left-right “grand coalition”. Read more

Catalonia Independence Referendum News and Opinion Blog

Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister of Spain, and Carles Puigdemont, the president of Catalonia
Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister of Spain, and Carles Puigdemont, the president of Catalonia (La Moncloa/Ariet/Generalitat de Catalunya)
  • Spain claims control of Catalonia’s public finances and police force in an effort to stop the independence referendum planned for October 1.
  • Regional president Carles Puigdemont says Spain has “crossed a red line.” Read more

May to Stay in Power with Support of North 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

Conservatives Lose Majority in British Election

British party leaders Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May
British party leaders Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May (PES/DoD/Jette Carr)
  • Elections were held in the United Kingdom on Thursday.
  • The ruling Conservatives have lost their majority but remain the largest party with 317 out of 650 seats in the House of Commons. They could probably count on the support of unionists from Northern Ireland to form a majority government. Read more

Four-Party Talks to Form Dutch Government Collapse

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte negotiates with other party leaders in The Hague
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte negotiates with other party leaders in The Hague (Tweede Kamer)
  • Four-party talks in the Netherlands to form a coalition government have collapsed.
  • Edith Schippers, the outgoing health minister who led the negotiations, told reporters immigration was the most divisive issue. Read more

Emmanuel Macron Elected President of France

French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron is seen behind the scenes of a television program, April 9
French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron is seen behind the scenes of a television program, April 9 (Facebook)
  • Emmanuel Macron, France’s centrist former economy minister, defeated Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front, in Sunday’s presidential election with 66 to 34 percent support.
  • Macron is slated to be inaugurated as the eighth president of the Fifth Republic next week. He will serve a five-year term. Read more

France Eyes Macron-Le Pen Runoff After First Voting Round

French presidential candidates Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron
French presidential candidates Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron (European Parliament/Facebook)
  • The French voted in the first round of their presidential election on Sunday.
  • The centrist Emmanuel Macron placed first with 24 percent support, followed by nationalist party leader Marine Le Pen at 21.3 percent.
  • The center-right Republican candidate, François Fillon, the far-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon and the ruling Socialist Party’s Benoît Hamon were eliminated from the contest. Read more