Tag: Elections

Trump Begins NATO Summit by Targeting Macron’s ‘Brain Death’ Comment

LONDON — President Trump began a two-day summit meeting on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of NATO — an alliance that has been strained, in part, by his own brash handling of overseas allies — by lashing out at one of them. In a meeting with Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO, Mr. […]

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China Has Lost Taiwan, and It Knows It

“Not a chance,” the president’s tweet said, in Chinese characters. That was the message from Tsai Ing-wen, the leader of Taiwan, on Nov. 5, after the Chinese government announced a string of initiatives to lure Taiwanese companies and residents to the mainland. “Beijing’s new 26 measures are part of a greater effort to force a […]

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Spain’s Leftist Outsiders Are on the Verge of Getting Inside

MADRID — Pablo Iglesias and his Podemos party burst onto the Spanish political scene in 2015 by winning more than one-fifth of the vote in their first national election, igniting dreams of overtaking the Socialists as the largest left-wing party and reshaping the government. Instead, after his meteoric rise, Mr. Iglesias faced internal party tensions […]

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Britain’s Dirty Election

LONDON — Pity British voters. Not because they face a choice between two historically unpopular candidates for prime minister — Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn — on Dec. 12. Nor that they are being forced to trudge to polling stations for the third general election in five years, this time in the depths of the […]

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In Scotland, Brexit Is on the Line. So Is the Future of the U.K.

GLASGOW — Pushing purposefully through the crowd, Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, stops abruptly, her path blocked by a well-wisher cradling a photogenic 5-month-old. Without hesitation, Ms. Sturgeon gathers the baby smoothly in her arms and slowly plants a kiss on his forehead, as the cameras click in unison. Seen by many as Britain’s most […]

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After Electoral Loss in Hong Kong, Beijing Points Finger at U.S.

BEIJING — The Chinese government, still coming to terms with a stunning electoral victory for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, is directing its ire at a popular foe: the United States. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the American ambassador to Beijing on Monday, a day after the local elections in Hong Kong […]

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New Zealand Is Tackling Hot-Button Liberal Issues in One Swoop

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — While conservative populism is now ascendant in some of the world’s leading democracies, New Zealand is rushing in the opposite direction, taking on several liberal social issues all at once. Next year, the country will hold public referendums to decide whether to legalize assisted suicide and recreational marijuana. Separately, lawmakers are […]

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Taiwan Detains 2 Executives of Firm Accused of Spying for China

BEIJING — Taiwan detained two executives of a Hong Kong-based company accused of acting as a front for Chinese intelligence agencies working to undercut democracy in Hong Kong and Taiwan, the official news agency there reported on Tuesday. Taiwan’s justice ministry ordered the two executives, Xiang Xin and Kung Ching, to remain in Taiwan while […]

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Hong Kong Voted. Is Beijing Listening?

If nearly six months of increasingly disruptive and violent demonstrations in Hong Kong haven’t sent the Chinese government a clear enough message about how the city’s residents feel about democracy, Sunday’s landslide victory by pro-democracy forces in elections for district councils should erase any doubts. The councils, which deal with mundane local issues, are not […]

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Hong Kong Election Landslide Signals More Frictions With Beijing

HONG KONG — In the run-up to local elections in Hong Kong on Sunday, Beijing and its allies in the city were portraying the vote as a way to hear the voice of a silent majority after nearly six months of increasingly violent antigovernment protests. Now, that majority has spoken — and it has come […]

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Hong Kong’s Most Important Election

HONG KONG — The people of Hong Kong don’t get to choose their government. But that hasn’t stopped them from finding ways to express what they think about it. After months of voicing their concerns on the streets, on Sunday they took those to the polling booths. Well beyond any actual protesters who voted in […]

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Luis Lacalle Pou Leads in Tight Uruguay Election

BUENOS AIRES — Former Senator Luis Lacalle Pou appeared to have carved out a narrow victory in Uruguay’s presidential election on Sunday, the latest sign that unrest simmering across Latin America favors anti-incumbent candidates. Mr. Lacalle Pou, a center-right veteran lawmaker, had more than 48.8 percent of the vote, with more than 97 percent of […]

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As Hong Kong Votes, Pro-Democracy Candidates Make Surprising Gains

HONG KONG — Pro-democracy campaigners took a strong lead in Hong Kong local elections on Sunday, according to early results, in a vote that turned a usually low-key affair into a referendum on the unrest that has created the city’s worst political crisis in decades. The unusually high turnout was a signal that this was […]

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As Hong Kong Votes, Pro-Democracy Candidates Make Surprising Gains, Early Returns Show

HONG KONG — Pro-democracy campaigners took a strong lead in Hong Kong local elections on Sunday, according to early results, in a vote that turned a usually low-key affair into a referendum on the unrest that has created the city’s worst political crisis in decades. The election on Sunday was for district council members, one […]

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Voters in Romania Appear Poised to Reject Years of Scandals and Chaos

BUCHAREST, Romania — In late 2016, a populist political party swept to power in Romania promising generous social spending, tax cuts and a continuation of the country’s alignment with the European Union, nine years after it had joined the bloc. What followed was a cascade of corruption scandals and political chaos, with the government led […]

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Hong Kong Votes After Months of Protests and Spiraling Violence

HONG KONG — After months of antigovernment protests in Hong Kong, voters on Sunday will have a chance to cast their opinion on the city’s future — albeit through an election for a group of local officials who mainly deal with noise complaints, bus stop locations and neighborhood beautification projects. The district council is one […]

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Would-Be Chinese Defector Details Covert Campaigns in Hong Kong and Taiwan

BEIJING — A man claiming to be a disillusioned Chinese intelligence operative has told the Australian authorities that China’s military intelligence agencies were directly intervening in politics in Hong Kong and Taiwan, buying media coverage, infiltrating universities, funneling donations to favored candidates and creating thousands of social media accounts to attack Taiwan’s governing party. So […]

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After the Protests: How Will Hong Kong Vote?

HONG KONG — To reach Mui Wo, a small town on Lantau Island, you take a ferry from central Hong Kong, and after a 30-minute ride arrive at a small square with a car park and bus stops blackened by fumes. But just a minute’s walk away is a large, sandy beach overlooked by a […]

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Americans Steal Kremlin’s Playbook, for Clicks and Profit

SAN FRANCISCO — At first glance, the websites Conservative Edition News and Liberal Edition News have only one thing in common: Both have been carefully curated to inflame America’s culture wars. Conservative Edition News is a repository of stories guaranteed to infuriate the American right. Its recent headlines include “Austin sex-ed curriculum teaches kids how […]

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What’s Next for Netanyahu?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel was charged on Thursday with bribery and breach of trust in a series of corruption cases that threaten his political future and present the country with an unprecedented legal fight. Mr. Netanyahu, now the country’s longest serving prime minister, also holds the dubious record of being its first to […]

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U.K. Conservative Party Scolded for Rebranding Twitter Account

LONDON — The governing Conservative Party in Britain was criticized by Twitter on Wednesday for “attempts to mislead people” after it temporarily changed the name of one of its accounts on the social media site to “factcheckUK.” The name change was made during the first election debate on Tuesday between the Conservative leader, Prime Minister […]

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