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Tributes to former German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle

Guido Westerwelle, Germany’s former foreign minister and first openly gay leader of a mainstream political party, has died aged 54, just months after

Guido Westerwelle, Germany’s former foreign minister and first openly gay leader of a mainstream political party, has died aged 54, just months after

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Clegg resigns in wake of LibDem wipeout

One of the election results that was no surprise was the hammering dealt out to the Liberal Democrats, but it was a disaster of epic proportions for

One of the election results that was no surprise was the hammering dealt out to the Liberal Democrats, but it was a disaster of epic proportions for

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Profile: Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s entry into the higher echelons of British politics was more turbulent than an out-of-control elevator.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s entry into the higher echelons of British politics was more turbulent than an out-of-control elevator.

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EU's Rehn eyes Barroso's job as commission chief

European finance commissioner Olli Rehn says he wants to replace Jose Manuel Barroso at the helm of the EU executive, the Finnish politician told

European finance commissioner Olli Rehn says he wants to replace Jose Manuel Barroso at the helm of the EU executive, the Finnish politician told

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Merkel's coalition partner fails to get any seats in Bundestag

A bitter blow for Germany’s liberal party the FDP. Based on exit polls they have failed to reach the five percent needed to get seats in

A bitter blow for Germany’s liberal party the FDP. Based on exit polls they have failed to reach the five percent needed to get seats in

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Coalition the goal for a number of German parties

As the German election approaches the junior members of Merkel’s centre-right coalition are fighting hard to keep their feet under the top

As the German election approaches the junior members of Merkel’s centre-right coalition are fighting hard to keep their feet under the top

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Centrist coalition looks likely after Dutch election

The Netherlands’ prime minister Mark Rutte could form a new coalition government of the two biggest Dutch parties; his liberal VVD Party and Labour

The Netherlands’ prime minister Mark Rutte could form a new coalition government of the two biggest Dutch parties; his liberal VVD Party and Labour

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Victory for pro-European parties in Dutch elections

The Dutch electorate has reconfirmed its commitment to the EU by giving a resounding victory to the two pro-European parties. Leader of the

The Dutch electorate has reconfirmed its commitment to the EU by giving a resounding victory to the two pro-European parties. Leader of the

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Victory for pro-European parties in Dutch elections

The Dutch electorate has reconfirmed its commitment to the EU by giving a resounding victory to the two pro-European parties. Leader of the

The Dutch electorate has reconfirmed its commitment to the EU by giving a resounding victory to the two pro-European parties. Leader of the

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Labour celebrate late surge in Dutch poll

Diederik Samsom and his Labour Party have been quick to celebrate. Early in the election campaign they had been trailing the hard-left Socialists but

Diederik Samsom and his Labour Party have been quick to celebrate. Early in the election campaign they had been trailing the hard-left Socialists but

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Liberals and Labour prosper in Dutch pro-Europe poll

Mark Rutte and his Liberals look set to be the biggest winners in the Dutch general election after exit polls showed the party picked up the largest

Mark Rutte and his Liberals look set to be the biggest winners in the Dutch general election after exit polls showed the party picked up the largest

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Rutte's path to power in the Netherlands

Mark Rutte’s early ambition was to become a concert pianist, instead he orchestrated his political party to the summit of power in the

Mark Rutte’s early ambition was to become a concert pianist, instead he orchestrated his political party to the summit of power in the

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Dutch PM Rutte looks set for second term after tight election

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal party is in the box seat for a second term after his party won 41 seats in the Dutch General Election. That

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal party is in the box seat for a second term after his party won 41 seats in the Dutch General Election. That

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Dutch Election: Parties won't speculate on coalition partners

Dutch voters go to the polls on Wednesday knowing that they can expect similar levels of austerity to their other European neighbours once a

Dutch voters go to the polls on Wednesday knowing that they can expect similar levels of austerity to their other European neighbours once a

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The fallout from the Swiss election

Changes are clearly happening in the Swiss political balance. The right-wing UDC in Switzerland figured it would get a hefty score in the latest

Changes are clearly happening in the Swiss political balance. The right-wing UDC in Switzerland figured it would get a hefty score in the latest

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Europe's ailing social model

Javier from Spain asks:      “Why are we – EU member states - witnessing the disappearance of the welfare state? Why are we losing all the benefits

Javier from Spain asks:      “Why are we – EU member states - witnessing the disappearance of the welfare state? Why are we losing all the benefits

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Merkel allies elect new party leader

He was standing unopposed so his election was a formality. But that did not dampen the joy for Philipp Roesler as he was overwhelmingly endorsed as

He was standing unopposed so his election was a formality. But that did not dampen the joy for Philipp Roesler as he was overwhelmingly endorsed as

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UK Coalition team to be unveiled

Details of the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition in the UK will be unveiled later. Lib Dem MPs gave their official backing to the

Details of the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition in the UK will be unveiled later. Lib Dem MPs gave their official backing to the

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European Liberals launch election campaign

The European Liberals have launched their election campaign putting the fundamental civil liberties and freedom at the heart of their battle. They

The European Liberals have launched their election campaign putting the fundamental civil liberties and freedom at the heart of their battle. They