Italy sweats over summer election campaign – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article TUSCANY — Spending the whole of August at the coast is practically an Italian birth-right. But following the surprise collapse of Mario Draghi’s government in July, Italy is holding autumn elections for the first time in more than 100 years — leaving politicians with precious little time for … Read more

How Italy’s right ousted Mario Draghi – POLITICO

ROME — On a scorching afternoon, some of Italy’s most powerful politicians gathered in the shade of a luxury villa in one of Rome’s most exclusive neighborhoods, sat down to a lunch of swordfish and salad, and plotted to overthrow the government of Mario Draghi. The host at Villa Grande on Tuesday, July 19 was … Read more

Macron calls for ‘cooperation’ from other parties after losing parliamentary majority – POLITICO

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron called Wednesday for “responsibility and cooperation” from other political parties in his first speech since losing an absolute majority in parliament, suggesting it could be possible to build a coalition deal to pass legislation. “As in most Western democracies, whether it is Germany, Italy, or many others, no single … Read more

Macron faces 5 years of gridlock after stunning parliamentary defeat – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron is set to face a potentially tumultuous five years of deadlock after his centrist alliance fell short of an absolute majority in a parliamentary runoff on Sunday, just weeks after he was reelected to the Élysée. Voters massively came out in support … Read more

Macron to lose parliamentary majority in stunning upset – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article PARIS – In a disastrous outcome for French President Emmanuel Macron, his centrist alliance will fall short of an absolute majority in a parliamentary runoff vote that logged significant gains for both the hard left and the far right. In what is a major upset for the French … Read more

French hard left set to make big gains in first-round parliamentary vote – POLITICO

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron’s coalition is running neck and neck with a new left-wing group in the first round of the country’s parliamentary election held Sunday, early projections showed. According to the Ipsos polling agency, the left-wing NUPES alliance backed by firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Macron’s Ensemble! coalition each won 25.2 percent of … Read more

No honeymoon for Macron as thousands protest at May Day rallies in France – POLITICO

Thousands of people protested across France on May Day to urge the government to act on purchasing power and pensions, putting pressure on newly reelected President Emmanuel Macron. While most of the protesters demonstrated peacefully, dozens of businesses were damaged in Paris, including a McDonald’s branch, banks, insurance companies and real estate agencies. According to … Read more

More of France turns a shade of Marine blue – POLITICO

Emmanuel Macron was reelected as president of France on Sunday, but his far-right rival Marine Le Pen made a strong push across large swathes of the country. The National Rally candidate led in more than 18,000 of the 35,000 mainland French communes, albeit mostly in sparsely populated, rural areas, while Macron won the big cities … Read more

Now that Macron has won, it’s time to fix French politics – POLITICO

Paul Taylor, a contributing editor at POLITICO, writes the “Europe At Large” column. PARIS – Despite President Emmanuel Macron’s reelection on Sunday, the forces of Euroskeptic nationalism, which gave Europe a fright this month, are still rattling at the gates of the Elysée Palace. A far-right populist won an unprecedented percentage of the vote. There’s … Read more

Janez Janša suffers heavy defeat as newcomer party wins Slovenian election – POLITICO

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša’s party suffered a heavy defeat in a parliamentary election Sunday, losing out to a left-leaning party that was only formed at the beginning of this year. The Freedom Movement, taken over and revamped by businessman Robert Golob in January, received around 33 percent, according to the National Election Commission, with … Read more