Tag: Legislatures and Parliaments

Worried, Scared and Paralyzed: Lives Caught in Brexit Limbo

Britain’s halting march toward Brexit has prompted two changes in prime minister, two general elections (including one on Thursday) and a paralysis in Parliament as the debate over leaving the European Union has overwhelmed everything else. But away from the political cut and thrust, Brexit has brought a new level of uncertainty for many of […]

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How an Anti-Brexit London District Could Help Boris Johnson Triumph

LONDON — The Labour Party canvassers gathered after dark outside a tube station in Pimlico, a pocket of central London that, by all appearances, should be fertile terrain. Nearly three-quarters of the surrounding district voted to stay in the European Union, among the strongest “Remain” votes in Britain, putting the pro-Brexit Conservatives at risk in […]

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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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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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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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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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What to Watch for in Israel, Where Gantz Is on Deadline to Form Government

Benny Gantz, the chief political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had only hours left on Wednesday before a midnight deadline to form a government and to extricate Israel from a monthslong political logjam. A failure by Mr. Gantz, a former army chief, to establish a viable coalition could propel a deeply divided Israel into […]

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Lebanon Protesters Shut Down Parliament and Clash With Police

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Protesters on Tuesday stopped Parliament from convening to discuss a package of controversial laws that critics fear could provide amnesty for past corruption, as crowds blocked roads leading to government buildings and skirmishes broke out with the riot police. The action comes on the 34th day of widespread antigovernment protests that have […]

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After a Massacre, Ethiopia’s Leader Faces Anger, and a Challenger

ADAMA, Ethiopia — Not long after security forces tried to arrest him in the middle of the night, Jawar Mohammed, a media baron and one of Ethiopia’s most prominent political activists, found himself face to face with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the man whose government ordered his arrest. Sitting at a table in a state […]

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Want Anonymity? Look to Guy Fawkes

Lately it seems like everyone has something to protest. The streets are filled with the noise of dissent, from marchers demanding democracy in Hong Kong to demonstrators insisting on economic equality in Chile to climate activists marching worldwide. Oddly, wherever they take place and whatever their particular grievance, these movements all claim a failed 17th-century […]

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Parliament Gets a New Speaker to Replace John Bercow

LONDON — In earlier times, the position of speaker of the House of Commons was one of the country’s most perilous. Two of its former incumbents were beheaded on the same day, for doing something or another that upset the monarch. On Monday, more than five centuries after that bloodletting, Lindsay Hoyle, an opposition Labour […]

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Pénzes gazdák: hogyan fejik meg az Európai Uniót az oligarchák és a populisták.

CSÁKVÁR, Magyarország — A kommunizmus idején földművesek dolgoztak ennek a Budapesttől nyugatra fekvő városnak messze nyúló határában, búzát és kukoricát aratva annak az államnak, amely elvette a földjüket. Manapság az ő gyermekeik dolgoznak itt új kényuraknak, oligarchák egy csoportjának és a politika kegyeltjeinek, akik a földhöz homályos ügyleteken keresztül jutottak a magyar kormány jóvoltából. A […]

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The Money Farmers: How Oligarchs and Populists Milk the E.U. for Millions

CSAKVAR, Hungary — Under Communism, farmers labored in the fields that stretch for miles around this town west of Budapest, reaping wheat and corn for a government that had stolen their land. Today, their children toil for new overlords, a group of oligarchs and political patrons who have annexed the land through opaque deals with […]

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Macron Steps Into a Leadership Vacuum in Europe, and on Some Toes

BRUSSELS — The German government is paralyzed, stuck in a divided “zombie” coalition unable to act and unwilling to die. The Italian government is an accident, another clumsy coalition built in fear of populism. The Spanish are about to have their fourth election in four years. And Britain’s navel-gazing continues more than three and a […]

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Threats and Abuse Prompt Female Lawmakers to Leave U.K. Parliament

LONDON — Threats of sexual violence. Death threats. Racist abuse. Female members of Britain’s Parliament have long said that this type of vitriolic abuse, both online and off, is increasingly common. Now, several women who have decided not to run for re-election when British voters go to the polls next month say that abuse, threats […]

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What Now, Britain?

Since becoming prime minister in July, Boris Johnson has pursued two goals: exiting the European Union by Oct. 31 (“do or die”) and an early general election. He failed fairly decisively on the former, stymied by the same political stalemate that bedeviled his predecessor, but on Tuesday he got the elections, which will be held […]

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72 British Lawmakers Condemn ‘Colonial’ Coverage of Meghan

Seventy-two women in Britain’s Parliament condemned the “outdated, colonial undertones” of newspaper coverage of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in an open letter released Tuesday that echoed attacks made by Prince Harry against British tabloids this month. Led by the lawmaker Holly Lynch, the members of Parliament wrote to Meghan that they stood in solidarity […]

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Jeremy Corbyn Says Labour Will Back Early U.K. Election

LONDON — Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, said on Tuesday that he would support an early general election, most likely paving the way for a vote in December. Mr. Corbyn made the announcement during a meeting of his leadership team, setting the stage for a general election to be held as […]

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Boris Johnson to Seek Election on Dec. 12 in Push to Break Brexit Deadlock

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Thursday that he would ask lawmakers to agree to a general election on Dec. 12, in his latest effort to break the deadlock in Britain’s three-year battle over Brexit. The move follows the decision of Parliament to block his accelerated timetable to leave the European Union on […]

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Boris Johnson Loses a Critical Brexit Vote, Throwing the Process Into Disarray

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a damaging setback Tuesday in his quest to take Britain out of the European Union, losing a critical vote in Parliament and raising the prospect he might shelve his withdrawal deal and toss the debate over Brexit to the voters in an election. Mr. Johnson’s latest defeat came […]

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Justin Trudeau’s Anemic Victory

CALGARY, Alberta — This should not have been a competitive election. When Justin Trudeau won a healthy majority government in 2015, it seemed as if destiny itself had cleared the way for the scrappy scion of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to dominate Canadian politics for years to come. Neither the Conservative Party nor the […]

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Boris Johnson Suffers Another Brexit Setback

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans ran into yet another roadblock, when a parliamentary official ruled that Mr. Johnson could not try again on Monday to win Parliament’s approval for his agreement with the European Union. The ruling by John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons, could have cleared the way […]

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Will the U.K. Ever Get Closure on Brexit?

“Super Saturday” was to have been the decisive moment for Brexit, the first Parliament session to be held on a Saturday since the Falklands War. Members of Parliament were to cast a “meaningful vote” on the surprise deal Prime Minister Boris Johnson brought back from Brussels last week. Proponents of Brexit sensed closure, while opponents […]

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