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Spain's Socialists clear the way for Rajoy

The party has voted to abstain in crucial confidence vote, effectively enabling their conservative rivals to form a minority government and ending ten months of political deadlock

The party has voted to abstain in crucial confidence vote, effectively enabling their conservative rivals to form a minority government and ending ten months of political deadlock

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Spain's Socialist and Podemos parties set to start coalition talks

Can the leaders of Spain’s Socialist Party and anti-austerity newcomer Podemos finally end the country’s political stalemate? They are set to start

Can the leaders of Spain’s Socialist Party and anti-austerity newcomer Podemos finally end the country’s political stalemate? They are set to start

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Spain expects an end to seesaw Conservative-Socialist voting

A senior figure in Spain’s conservative People’s Party (PP) is in La Nucia, in the southeastern Alicante province for the day. Foreign Affairs

A senior figure in Spain’s conservative People’s Party (PP) is in La Nucia, in the southeastern Alicante province for the day. Foreign Affairs

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Many French voters shocked at Le Pen's breakthrough

Many French voters say the result of the first round of voting has come as a shock. The far-right National Front of Marine Le Pen made sweeping gains

Many French voters say the result of the first round of voting has come as a shock. The far-right National Front of Marine Le Pen made sweeping gains

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France's far right revs up for roaring performance in regional votes

The forecasts for the regional elections to take place in France this Sunday Dec. 6th are fraught with uncertainty. With the country on security

The forecasts for the regional elections to take place in France this Sunday Dec. 6th are fraught with uncertainty. With the country on security

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Spain: New political landscape as election campaign begins

Campaigning is now officially underway ahead of Spain’s general election on December 20. The ballot is set to break the mold of the traditional two

Campaigning is now officially underway ahead of Spain’s general election on December 20. The ballot is set to break the mold of the traditional two

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Will anti-austerity Portugal become the new Greece?

Is Portugal about to take the same path as Greece? That’s the question being asked as the country’s new Socialist government was sworn in promising

Is Portugal about to take the same path as Greece? That’s the question being asked as the country’s new Socialist government was sworn in promising

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Madrid to appeal Catalan road to independence from Spain

Madrid says it will file an appeal with the Constitutional Court following the Catalan parliament’s vote in favour of initiating proceedings for

Madrid says it will file an appeal with the Constitutional Court following the Catalan parliament’s vote in favour of initiating proceedings for

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Madrid residents react to Spain's political shake-up

Although Spain’s ruling People’s Party (PP) got more votes than any other party in Sunday’s (May 24) regional and local elections, it and the rival

Although Spain’s ruling People’s Party (PP) got more votes than any other party in Sunday’s (May 24) regional and local elections, it and the rival

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New parties break Spains' political duopoly in local & regional vote

Spain’s traditional parties of both left and right took a fearful battering in local and regional elections on Sunday, with the ruling Popular Party

Spain’s traditional parties of both left and right took a fearful battering in local and regional elections on Sunday, with the ruling Popular Party

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French regional vote: Polls suggest Front National has mediocre first round

Initial exit polls suggest Le Pen's Front National has had a disappointing first round in the French elections, while Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP looks set to triumph.

Initial exit polls suggest Le Pen's Front National has had a disappointing first round in the French elections, while Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP looks set to triumph.

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France regional elections: exit polls put Sarkozy's UMP in lead

Exit polls following the first round of regional elections in France suggest President Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP Party will come out in the lead. The

Exit polls following the first round of regional elections in France suggest President Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP Party will come out in the lead. The

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Sweden elects minority centre-left government

Sweden’s centre-left Social Democrats have claimed victory in Sunday’s general election but they have fallen short of a parliamentary

Sweden’s centre-left Social Democrats have claimed victory in Sunday’s general election but they have fallen short of a parliamentary

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Brazil: Silva confirmed as socialist presidential candidate

Marina Silva has been confirmed as the new presidential candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party. The announcement comes one week after the

Marina Silva has been confirmed as the new presidential candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party. The announcement comes one week after the

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Pedro Sanchez is elected leader of Spain's Socialists

Grass root members of Spain’s Socialist party have elected a new leader. He is 42-year-old Pedro Sanchez, a sitting MP with a doctorate in

Grass root members of Spain’s Socialist party have elected a new leader. He is 42-year-old Pedro Sanchez, a sitting MP with a doctorate in

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Europe's centre-left leaders seek ways to ease EU deficit rules

European centre-left leaders have held informal talks in Paris just days away from a summit which could decide who heads the next EU Commission

European centre-left leaders have held informal talks in Paris just days away from a summit which could decide who heads the next EU Commission

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Belgian PM hands in resignation after defeat in elections

Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has handed his government’s resignation to the King. It comes after this weekend’s general election which saw

Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has handed his government’s resignation to the King. It comes after this weekend’s general election which saw

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Spain: Socialist leader quits after party's worst election

Spain’s Socialist opposition leader Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba has stepped down after his party suffered its worst election result on Sunday. The

Spain’s Socialist opposition leader Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba has stepped down after his party suffered its worst election result on Sunday. The