Tag: Legislatures and Parliaments

What Comes Next in the Brexit Fever Dream?

Boris Johnson gets a deal; it passes Parliament. We enter the sunlit uplands. The uplands are, in fact, disappointingly cloudy. Boris Johnson gets a deal; it doesn’t pass Parliament. We crash out on Halloween, thick with metaphor. Britain is taken over by bears. Boris Johnson gets a deal; it doesn’t pass Parliament. He requests an […]

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Signs of Brexit Progress, but Doubts Remain, E.U. Official Says

LONDON — Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said on Wednesday that negotiators would know “in seven to eight hours” whether Britain had struck a deal to leave the European Union, setting the stage for down-to-the-wire talks that could shape the fate of Brexit. But a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson of […]

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E.U. May Be on Verge of Brexit Deal, Though Approval in U.K. Is Not Assured

ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain leaving his residence in London on Tuesday.CreditIsabel Infantes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — Hopes for a breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union have surged in recent days, but the positive mood music from diplomats masks a harder reality for Mr. […]

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Boris Johnson’s Hopes for E.U. Deal Could Falter With Parliament at Home

ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain leaving his residence on Tuesday in London.CreditIsabel Infantes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — Hopes for a breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union have surged in recent days, but the positive mood music from diplomats masks a harder reality for Mr. […]

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A Guide to the Queen’s Speech: Crown Jewels, Black Rod and a Mace

LONDON — A “hostage,” a search for explosives, heaps of royal jewels and a five-foot silver gilt mace. Welcome to the reopening of Britain’s Parliament, replete with ancient traditions and elaborate rituals, and infused with tension over the country’s looming exit from the European Union. The restart of government business on Monday started with a […]

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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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Who Leads Peru? Power Struggle Creates Worst Political Crisis in Decades

Peru plunged into the deepest political crisis in at least three decades on Tuesday, with both the president and the vice president claiming to be the country’s rightful leader, and Congress closed and surrounded by riot police. Peru’s dysfunctional and corruption-ridden political system has courted crisis for years, with three of its past presidents under […]

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Thousands in Indonesia Protest Bills to Limit Rights and Ban Extramarital Sex

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Thousands of protesters gathered outside of Parliament and in cities across Indonesia on Monday urging the president, Joko Widodo, to halt legislation aimed at crippling anti-corruption efforts and sharply reducing personal freedom. Efforts by the outgoing Parliament to rush through a series of contested bills with the president’s approval before its five-year […]

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Boris Johnson Back Home. Parliament Back in Session. What Could Go Wrong?

LONDON — A day after suffering a crushing rebuke from his country’s highest court, a notably unchastened Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared before a hastily reconvened Parliament and doubled down on his hard-line Brexit approach. If anyone had expected Mr. Johnson to appear before the lawmakers hat in hand after being forced to cut short […]

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Britain Now Has a Politicized Supreme Court, Too

British citizens were jolted Tuesday morning by a landmark decision of their Supreme Court. The court’s 11 justices ruled unanimously that the government, led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, had illegally suspended — or “prorogued” — Parliament earlier this month at the height of the debate over Brexit. British voters’ decision in a 2016 referendum […]

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U.K. Parliament Live Updates: Reopening the Brexit Debate

Here’s what you need to know: Lawmakers scramble for an unexpected return. Britain’s Parliament is gathering for a sudden, unexpected return on Wednesday, rejoining the chaotic battle over Brexit after a landmark court ruling that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was unlawful. The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision on Tuesday left lawmakers, who had […]

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How the U.K. Supreme Court’s Rebuke to Boris Johnson Remakes British Law

LONDON — Britain’s all-consuming debate over Brexit has dragged another of its respected institutions into uncharted territory, as the Supreme Court struck down Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament, an extraordinary intervention by the judiciary into a political dispute. The unanimous decision, handed down on Tuesday, is an unalloyed defeat for Mr. Johnson and […]

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Trump and Johnson, Speaking on World Stage, Keep an Eye on Troubles at Home

President Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain share a certain affinity and style of politics. And as they both took the world stage at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, they shared something else: gathering political clouds back home in their capitals. In Washington, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, was convening a […]

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U.K. Supreme Court Declared Boris Johnson’s Actions Unlawful. What Happens Next?

LONDON — The British Supreme Court on Tuesday demolished Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s case for sending lawmakers home during the run-up to the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline, setting the stage for Parliament to return almost three weeks earlier than expected. It was a devastating ruling for the government, with consequences for Mr. Johnson’s deeply troubled […]

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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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Israel’s President Meets With Gantz and Netanyahu to Break Deadlock

JERUSALEM — With Israel’s leaders stuck in postelection gridlock, President Reuven Rivlin invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief opponent, Benny Gantz, to meet at the president’s office on Monday evening in an effort to work out a power-sharing deal. Mr. Rivlin’s role is largely ceremonial, but after last week’s inconclusive vote, it is […]

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David Cameron Is Sorry. Really, Really Sorry.

LONDON — David Cameron, Britain’s former prime minister, is sorry. He is sorry that the Brexit referendum did not turn out the way he wanted. He is sorry that Britain is paralyzed by political dysfunction and that no one seems to know what to do next. He is sorry that people (including, it now seems, […]

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Israel’s Arab Politicians Emerge With New Political Heft

JERUSALEM — The right to speak directly after the prime minister? Meetings with all visiting heads of state? Monthly briefings from the Mossad? For the first time, the perks of being the opposition leader in the Israeli Parliament could go to an Arab lawmaker. That tantalizing prospect stems from an upsurge in voter turnout among […]

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After a Divisive Israeli Election, Calls for Unity

JERUSALEM — The near-final results of Israel’s intensely fought election gave rise on Wednesday to a seemingly contradictory conclusion: While the country remains deeply divided, the forces of unity have gained an edge. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who sought to drive wedges through the electorate along religious, ethnic and ideological lines, appeared to have come […]

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