Tag: Elections

Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, Resigns, Turning Chaos Into Uncertainty

ROME — The most nationalist, populist and dysfunctional Italian government in decades collapsed on Tuesday as the country’s prime minister announced his resignation in the face of a mutinous power play by the hard-line and increasingly popular interior minister, Matteo Salvini. “The interior minister followed personal and party interests,” by calling for elections and pulling […]

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Italy’s Government Faces a Confidence Vote Where Nothing Is Certain

ROME — This month, Matteo Salvini, the surging leader of Italy’s anti-migrant League party, announced that he’d had it with his own coalition government and wanted new elections. “I ask the Italian people if they want to give me full powers to do what we have promised to do, and go all the way without […]

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Jeremy Corbyn Calls Boris Johnson ‘Britain’s Trump’ as Campaign Begins

No date has yet been set, and much of the country is seemingly on vacation, but on Monday unofficial campaigning for Britain’s next general election was well underway. In a speech, the opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, promised to do “everything necessary” to stop Britain’s exit from the European Union without an agreement. Mr. Corbyn also […]

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Protests Put Hong Kong on Collision Course with China’s Communist Party

HONG KONG — As anti-government demonstrations escalate in Hong Kong, each side is staking out increasingly polarized positions, making it difficult to find a path to compromise between the protesters and China’s ruling Communist Party. The demonstrations, which began as a fight against a bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be extradited […]

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Argentina’s Macri Trounced in Primary by Voters Angry Over Economy

BUENOS AIRES — President Mauricio Macri of Argentina was unexpectedly trounced in primary elections, suggesting that voters angered over his austerity measures and the country’s deep recession and soaring inflation are inclined to put their faith in his leftist opponents. Mr. Macri looked ashen late Sunday night. Polls had predicted a tight race, but he […]

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Guatemalans See Little Hope Even as They Elect a New President in Runoff

Thousands of Guatemalans, bereft of hope, leave their country each month, choosing the uncertainty of migration over the poverty, violence and corruption they know at home. That is not expected to change even after Guatemalans vote on Sunday for a new president. The election is a runoff between a former first lady and a former […]

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The Death and Birth of Europe’s Parties

PARIS — Political parties, Article 4 of the French Constitution states, “contribute to the expression of the vote. They are set up freely and carry out their activities accordingly. They must respect the principles of national sovereignty and of democracy.” Gen. Charles de Gaulle, who oversaw the drafting of the Constitution in 1958, did not […]

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The Adults Are Back in Charge of Greece. And They Are Really Right-Wing.

ATHENS — Last month, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a Harvard-trained former banker, was elected prime minister of Greece. His victory — and that of his party, New Democracy — was widely greeted with a sigh of relief. The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn had been removed from Parliament, and the leftist Syriza from government. For some, the adults were […]

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Boris Johnson’s Majority Falls to One Seat, Heightening Chances of an Election

LONDON — Boris Johnson has been British prime minister for barely a week, and the honeymoon appears to be over. His Conservative Party lost a special election, cutting his working majority in Parliament to just one seat at a critical moment for the country. The narrow defeat in a previously Conservative-held district, the Brecon and […]

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Toward an Electoral College–Free Future

“Abolish the Electoral College,” Bernie Sanders recently tweeted. The Senator’s statement was in response to an op-ed authored by The Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman, who posited that though President Donald Trump suffers from a low national approval rating, the Electoral College could still hand him a victory. Earlier in the day, The New York […]

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The Case Against the Electoral College Is Stronger Than Ever

“Abolish the Electoral College,” Bernie Sanders recently tweeted. The Senator’s statement was in response to an op-ed authored by The Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman, who posited that though President Donald Trump suffers from a low national approval rating, the Electoral College could still hand him a victory. Earlier in the day, The New York […]

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Boris Johnson Loses First Election Test Against an Anti-Brexit Alliance

LONDON — In the first electoral test for Britain’s new prime minister, the Conservatives lost a special election on Thursday, cutting Boris Johnson’s already slim working majority in Parliament to just one. During his first week in power, Mr. Johnson has sought to project the image of an energetic leader who is determined to take […]

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Five Debate Takeaways

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. A few takeaways from last night’s debate: I thought Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Steve Bullock did the most effective jobs of delivering their messages (which isn’t to say I agreed with everything they said). You can […]

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Democrats Know Trump’s Playbook on Race. They’re Not Sure How to Respond.

WASHINGTON — For three weeks President Trump has engaged in the sort of racial divisiveness unseen from a national political figure since the days of George Wallace, pushing forward with grievance-based attacks against Democrats of color that he is convinced will energize his base of rural white voters. But Democrats who might otherwise be giddy […]

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An Afghan Candidate Wrote His Will, Then Survived a Suicide Squad

KABUL, Afghanistan — Even before he received specific intelligence about an attempt planned on his life, Amrullah Saleh had a feeling they were coming for him soon. So he wrote his will. As a former Afghan intelligence chief who is staunchly anti-Taliban, he had been near the top of the militants’ list for a long […]

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Amid Rising Violence and Taliban Peace Talks, Afghan Campaign Begins

KABUL, Afghanistan — As Afghanistan’s presidential election campaign began on Sunday, the country’s leader was facing a series of daunting concerns, from unrelenting violence to fears that his government could be derailed by a peace deal with the Taliban. Now there are the voters: Weary of waves of terrorism — like an attack on one […]

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Aleksei Navalny, Putin Foe, Is Hospitalized After ‘Severe Allergic Reaction’ in Jail

LONDON — A day after an unauthorized election protest he planned drew mass arrests in Moscow, Aleksei A. Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, was hospitalized with a “severe allergic reaction” in jail, his spokeswoman said on Sunday. “Over his whole life, Aleksei has never experienced an allergic reaction,” the spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, wrote on […]

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Russia Targeted Elections Systems in All 50 States, Report Finds

WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded Thursday that election systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia in 2016, an effort more far-reaching than previously acknowledged and one largely undetected by the states and federal officials at the time. But while the bipartisan report’s warning that the United States remains vulnerable in the […]

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Russian Hack of Elections System Was Far-Reaching, Report Finds

WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded Thursday that election systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia in 2016, largely undetected by the states and federal officials at the time, but at the demand of American intelligence agencies the committee was forced to redact its findings so heavily that key lessons for the […]

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