Austrians Elect Left-Wing President, Italians Vote Renzi Out

  • Austrians elected the Green party’s Alexander Van der Bellen as their next president on Sunday. He defeated the far right’s Norbert Hofer with 54 to 46 percent support.
  • Italians rejected constitutional reforms in a referendum on the same day, prompting the center-left prime minister, Matteo Renzi, to resign. Read more “Austrians Elect Left-Wing President, Italians Vote Renzi Out”

Conservative Fillon Triumphs in French Center-Right Primary

  • French conservatives on Sunday nominated former prime minister François Fillon as their presidential candidate.
  • Alain Juppé, another former prime minister, lost the second voting round in the Republicans’ first-ever presidential primary with 33 to 67 percent support.
  • Given the unpopularity of the ruling Socialist Party, Fillon is now the favorite to win the presidency in 2017. Read more “Conservative Fillon Triumphs in French Center-Right Primary”

World Comes to Terms with Shock Trump Victory

Businessman Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, February 27, 2015
Businessman Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, February 27, 2015 (Gage Skidmore)

Trump Defeats Clinton in Unexpectedly Close Election

  • Americans have chosen Republican businessman Donald Trump to succeed Barack Obama as president. Trump won 306 electoral votes with 46 percent support against 232 electoral votes and 48 percent support for Democrat Hillary Clinton.
  • Clinton fell short in key states, including Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
  • Republicans also defended their majorities in Congress. They are projected to win 236 seats in the House of Representatives, where 218 are needed for a majority, and 51 seats in the Senate. Read more “Trump Defeats Clinton in Unexpectedly Close Election”

Hillary Clinton Is the Only Serious Candidate in This Election

Former American secretary of state Hillary Clinton campaigns in Nevada, February 15
Former American secretary of state Hillary Clinton campaigns in Nevada, February 15 (Hillary for America/Samuel Fisch)

Four years ago, the Atlantic Sentinel was split on whether to endorse Barack Obama or Mitt Romney for president. We share the Democrats’ social liberalism and respected the president’s foreign policy, but we were drawn to the Republican’s energy and fiscal policies.

This year, it’s no contest at all. Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, is totally unfit for the office he seeks. Read more “Hillary Clinton Is the Only Serious Candidate in This Election”

Theresa May Succeeds David Cameron as Prime Minister

British prime minister Theresa May is applauded walking into 10 Downing Street in London, England, July 13, 2016
British prime minister Theresa May is applauded walking into 10 Downing Street in London, England, July 13, 2016 (The Prime Minister’s Office/Tom Evans)
  • Queen Elizabeth II has accepted David Cameron’s resignation as prime minister and asked Theresa May to form a new government.
  • May won the leadership of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, and hence the prime ministership, by default on Monday when her last rival withdrew.
  • She immediately fired George Osborne, Cameron’s deputy, and named Philip Hammond as chancellor. Read more “Theresa May Succeeds David Cameron as Prime Minister”

Johnson Stands Down as Five Vie for David Cameron’s Job

  • Michael Gove, the British justice secretary, has forced Boris Johnson out of the race to succeed David Cameron by launching his own bid for the Conservative Party leadership.
  • Theresa May, the home secretary, has formally declared her candidacy as well. She is seen as the best candidate to reunite the party in the wake of a divisive EU referendum campaign.
  • The other candidates are Stephen Crabb, a “Cameroon” on the left of the party, and Euroskeptics Liam Fox and Andrea Leadsom. Read more “Johnson Stands Down as Five Vie for David Cameron’s Job”

British Parties Seek New Leaders After Vote to Leave EU

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View of the Houses of Parliament from Whitehall in London, England (Shutterstock/Alan Copson)
  • The contest to replace David Cameron as Conservative Party leader and prime minister starts today.
  • Stephen Crabb, the up-and-coming work and pensions secretary, has declared he will stand. So have John Baron and Liam Fox, two Euroskeptics.
  • Boris Johnson and Theresa May are expected to enter the contest today. Read more “British Parties Seek New Leaders After Vote to Leave EU”

Vote to Leave EU Throws British Labour Party in Crisis

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech in Aberdeen, Scotland
The British Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech in Aberdeen, Scotland (PA)
  • Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has lost the support of many of his lawmakers in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
  • Angela Eagle is expected to challenge Corbyn. Coming from the soft left of the party, she could be a unifying figure.
  • The Conservatives are looking for a new leader of their own after David Cameron announced he is stepping down as prime minister. Read more “Vote to Leave EU Throws British Labour Party in Crisis”