Tag: Elections

Russia Sought to Use Social Media to Influence E.U. Vote, Report Finds

LONDON — The European authorities on Friday blamed Russia for a misinformation campaign designed to depress voter turnout in last month’s European Union elections, and warned that new rules might be needed to force internet platforms to do more to stop the spread of false news. A preliminary review of the parliamentary elections by the […]

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Part 5: Can Liberal Democracy Survive in Europe?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Across Europe, populists are saying that it’s not democracy they aim to discard, but liberalism. To end our series, we returned to Germany, the country at the heart of a liberal Europe, to see if the […]

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Mitch McConnell, Too, Welcomes Russian Interference

Why won’t Mitch McConnell protect our elections from outside interference? His Republican colleagues in the Senate want to do something. That’s why some of the most conservative members of his caucus are working with Democrats to improve the nation’s election security. One proposal, according to The New York Times, would “require internet companies like Facebook […]

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America’s Elections Are Still at Risk. Congress Can Help.

Members of Congress have several major decisions to make after the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Whether to pursue an impeachment inquiry is the one that’s gotten the most attention — and reasonable people can disagree about that. But Mr. Mueller’s findings leave no room for debate about the […]

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New Election Security Bills Face a One-Man Roadblock: Mitch McConnell

WASHINGTON — A raft of legislation intended to better secure United States election systems after what the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, called a “sweeping and systematic” Russian attack in 2016 is running into a one-man roadblock in the form of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The bills include a Democratic […]

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Labour Ekes Out a Win Over the Brexit Party in a Local Vote

LONDON — Britain’s ruling Conservative Party shed thousands of votes to the insurgent, populist Brexit Party, suffering another crushing election setback early Friday, just hours before Prime Minister Theresa May planned to stand aside as leader. In a closely watched by-election that was narrowly won by the opposition Labour Party, Mrs. May’s Conservatives were pushed […]

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Are Democrats Too Scared to Impeach?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Why aren’t the Democrats ready to impeach President Trump? The columnists ask Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey in this live episode recorded at WBUR CitySpace in Boston on May 29. They discuss the possibility of […]

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Thailand Junta Leader Named Prime Minister After Contentious Vote

BANGKOK — The leader of the junta that seized power in Thailand five years ago, Prayuth Chan-ocha, was chosen by Parliament to be prime minister after an election marred by charges of manipulation. Mr. Prayuth, a former general who held the title of prime minister during the years of military rule, won by a combined […]

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Denmark Election Is Fueled by Anger on Climate and Immigration

COPENHAGEN — It was the sort of campaign appearance that Mette Frederiksen, leader of the left-leaning Social Democrats, would have ordinarily considered friendly terrain — a gathering of environmentally minded students in her hometown, Aalborg, in Denmark. Except the students demanded whether Ms. Frederiksen knew the carbon footprint of the red roses her party gave […]

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Republicans Plan to Rig Elections for a Decade

Let’s just get this out of the way right up top: Republicans like white people. The Anglo-Saxon kind, anyway. They like them better than people of color; they like them better than people who might self-identify as white themselves, but are considered in the United States to be “other.” People of Latinx decent, for instance, […]

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Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan Faces a Cross Roads After Coalition Talks in Israel Crumble

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to throw his full weight behind Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign to save his job as prime minister of Israel. But to do that, analysts and former diplomats said, the president will have to sacrifice any last hopes of proposing a peace plan that is acceptable to both Israelis and Palestinians. Mr. […]

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Is This the End for Netanyahu?

TEL AVIV — “He’s a magician! He’s a magician!” It was nearly 2 a.m. on April 10, and supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had packed a sporting arena in Tel Aviv, were cheering his apparent election victory. Facing a stiff challenge from a former military chief and the prospect of criminal indictment on […]

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What Comes After Angela Merkel?

If there is one lesson to be learned from the recent European parliamentary elections in Germany, it’s this: The era of the big-tent parties is over. Both governing parties, the center-right Christian Democrats and the center-left Social Democrats, who are currently in a grand coalition under the lead of Chancellor Angela Merkel, suffered significant losses. […]

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What You Need to Know About Israel’s New Elections

Israeli lawmakers voted early Thursday to dissolve the Parliament barely a month after it was sworn in, plunging Israel into unprecedented political chaos and raising questions about what comes next. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has led Israel for the past decade and had seemed well placed to stay in charge after the April 9 […]

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Israel in Uncharted Territory as Netanyahu Fails to Form a Coalition

JERUSALEM — A politically fatigued Israel cranked back into election mode on Thursday, barely 50 days after its last national ballot and after the staggering failure of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government by midnight Wednesday. With the next vote set for Sept. 17, Israel is in uncharted political terrain. Mr. Netanyahu is […]

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Israel Is Back in Election Mode and in Uncharted Territory

JERUSALEM — A politically fatigued Israel cranked back into election mode on Thursday, barely 50 days after its last national ballot and after the staggering failure of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government by midnight Wednesday. With the next vote set for Sept. 17, Israel is in uncharted political terrain. Mr. Netanyahu is […]

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Democracy Fights Back

Florida Republicans recently adopted a poll tax to preserve a Jim Crow statute. That such a statement should be written to describe current events—not merely actions condemned to the dustbin of history—is harrowing but, sadly, far from surprising. The year is 2019, not 1950, but the fight over who can participate in our democracy is […]

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Why Is Israel Going to Have Another Election?

TEL AVIV — In early April, Benjamin Netanyahu won an election that was supposed to send him to an unprecedented 11th consecutive year as Israel’s prime minister. There was only one small obstacle in his way: forming a government. The day after the election I predicted that “the coalition that he forms will probably have […]

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Gaining Strength in Spain, Sánchez Emerges as Beacon for Socialism in Europe

MADRID — Across much of Europe, Socialist and Social Democratic parties have suffered the fate of many traditional parties. Their once-solid position has been eroded by populist forces and newer parties. The results this week from European Parliament elections mostly confirmed the trend. But there was one prominent exception: Spain. Pedro Sánchez, the prime minister, […]

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Israel Moves to Hold New Election as Netanyahu Fails to Form a Coalition

JERUSALEM — Seven weeks after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared “a night of tremendous victory” in Israel’s election, his failure to form a government by midnight Wednesday has turned into a stunning debacle for him and thrust Israel into a new election. Israelis will return to the ballot box in about three months, the first […]

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