Tag: Elections

Setback for Orban as Opposition in Hungary Gains Ground in Elections

BUDAPEST — Voters in Budapest and other Hungarian cities handed a stinging defeat on Sunday to the country’s populist leader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and his political machine, sending a wave of opposition candidates to victory in local elections. Overcoming the governing party’s nearly complete domination of the news media and the state, opposition candidates […]

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The Clinton Legacy: Impeachment Hurts the President

Conventional wisdom holds that the Republican Party suffered a big political penalty for impeaching Bill Clinton in 1998. But that’s not quite right. Republicans paid a modest, short-term penalty, while the costs to the Democratic Party appear to have been larger and longer-lasting. This history has obvious relevance today. As in the 1990s, the economy […]

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In Pivotal Vote in Poland, Many See a Test for Democracy

WARSAW — For three decades, Poland was held up as a paragon of how a country could peacefully transition from authoritarian rule to liberal democracy and as proof that a capitalist society allows men and women to flourish, while communism crushes the soul and saps the spirit. Now, as the country goes to the polls […]

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In Poland, Nationalism With a Progressive Touch Wins Voters

ZAMOSC, Poland — Four years ago, Agnieszka and Adam Kowalczyk were struggling. They both had full-time jobs — she as a teacher and he as an electrician — yet month after month they found themselves falling deeper into debt. So when Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his Law and Justice Party promised voters that they would introduce […]

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The Freshmen: Elissa Slotkin Confronts the Impeachment Backlash

Image Listen to ‘The Daily’: The Freshmen: Elissa Slotkin Confronts the Impeachment Backlash A moderate House Democrat who supports the impeachment inquiry now faces a district of swing voters who aren’t so sure. Days after moderate House Democrats announced they would support an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, a recess began and they returned home […]

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G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Affirms Russia Attacked Election, and Urges Action

WASHINGTON — As President Trump amplifies unsubstantiated claims of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election, the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee reaffirmed on Tuesday that Russian operatives engaged in a widespread social media campaign to improve his chances in the race. In a report, the committee backed up the conclusions of the intelligence community, the special […]

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Top Secret Russian Unit Seeks to Destabilize Europe, Security Officials Say

First came a destabilization campaign in Moldova, followed by the poisoning of an arms dealer in Bulgaria and then a thwarted coup in Montenegro. Last year, there was an attempt to assassinate a former Russian spy in Britain using a nerve agent. Though the operations bore the fingerprints of Russia’s intelligence services, the authorities initially […]

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Voters in Portugal, a Beacon of Stability in Europe, Head to the Polls

LISBON — The leader of the Socialist Party in Portugal, António Costa, lost an election four years ago but ended up becoming prime minister anyway after persuading two smaller left-wing parties to back him. At the time, the alliance was ridiculed as a “geringonça,” or “contraption,” that his opponents said would fall apart in no […]

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Boris Johnson’s Brexit Plan Hits a Wall in Brussels

LONDON — On Thursday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared to have accomplished what his long-suffering predecessor, Theresa May, never could. He rallied support among lawmakers for a plan to extricate Britain from the European Union and won praise from some of the same legislators who had tormented Mrs. May. One Conservative Party lawmaker even seemed […]

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Boris Johnson Still Basks in Favor of Hard-line Tories, Who Forgive All for Brexit

MANCHESTER, England — He has been accused of inciting violence, misleading Queen Elizabeth II, running roughshod over the British Constitution and having a conflict of interest in his dealings with an American businesswoman. But on Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain was basking in the support of allies at the start of one of […]

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Kurz Wins Austria Vote. But Will He Turn to Far Right or Greens to Govern?

Austria’s former chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, won a snap election he called four months ago after his government collapsed when a scandal engulfed his far-right coalition partner. But the result of Sunday’s vote raised the question whether he would need to again partner with the far right to form a government, or would shift to the […]

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How an Israeli Unity Government Could Shrink the Conflict

The inconclusive results of Israel’s Sept. 17 election have thrust Israeli politics into a gripping deadlock. The center-left has no way to form a coalition, but for the first time in many years, neither does the right. This political paralysis reflects a profound change sweeping Israeli society in the last decade in the debate about […]

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Justin Trudeau, the Instagram Prime Minister, Struggles to Resonate with Young Voters

MONTREAL — Four years ago Emmanuel Amoussa, a chemistry student, voted for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, drawn by what he saw as a young progressive leader whose policies on climate change and immigration resonated with him and other members of his generation. This time, though, Mr. Amoussa, who is now 22 and studies […]

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Afghans Vote in Presidential Election Under Threat of Violence

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghans voted on Saturday to elect the president of a country suffering through one of the most violent periods in its recent history, with nearly two dozen of the country’s 34 provinces facing attacks on any given day and Taliban militants threatening all-out war on the democratic process. And the Taliban aren’t […]

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Austria’s Kurz, Leading in Polls, Looks Open to Reunion With Far Right

VIENNA — When Sebastian Kurz became Austria’s youngest-ever chancellor two years ago, he made a pact to govern with the far right. He would in effect housebreak them, he suggested, checking their worst instincts. In the 18 months that followed, Mr. Kurz, a conservative, had plenty of opportunity to try to do so: One official […]

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Afghanistan Presidential Vote Presses On Despite Concerns About Legitimacy

KABUL, Afghanistan — Elections in Afghanistan have become increasingly chaotic spectacles since the country’s first presidential vote in 2004. Each has proved more corrupt and compromised than the last, calling into question whether ambitions for a Western-style democracy can survive in a country consumed by war. Now, Afghanistan is lurching again toward what is likely […]

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Hong Kong and the Independence Movement That Doesn’t Know Itself

HONG KONG — Exactly five years ago, the Umbrella Movement broke out to demand respect for Hong Kong’s democratic freedoms. After it ended, having obtained no concessions from the local government or the Chinese authorities, political time accelerated in the city. Two years later, social unrest erupted after a scuffle between the police and street […]

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Netanyahu’s Amazing Reversal: Election Loser to Presumptive Premier

JERUSALEM — Even in a country whose politics are routinely fractious and confusing, many Israelis were scratching their heads on Thursday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been tapped to assemble a new government, just a week after an election that appeared to jeopardize his career. Instead of facing the end of a decade-long run as […]

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The Future of Democracy in Tunisia

Tunisia’s hopeful transition to a democratic future faces a new challenge. Voters in the country have delivered a sharp rebuke to their political elite. In the first round of presidential elections, held on Sept. 15, candidates from establishment parties performed poorly, among them Ennahda, the conservative Islamic party with the most seats in parliament, and […]

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