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Estonia election results

Estonia's opposition centre-right Reform party won the country's general election on Sunday over the governing centre-left Centre party.

According to Estonia's State Election Office, the Estonian Reform Party won with 28.8% of the vote, while the Centre party trailed in second place with 23.1% of the vote.

The far-right Estonian Conservative People's Party took 17.8% of the vote, which was more than double its result in the last election.

Following Reform's win, party leader Kaja Kallas is set to become the country's first female prime minister, although she will first have to tackle difficult negotiations to form a governing coalition.

READ MORE: Estonia's centre-right opposition party wins general election

Migrants in France try to board boat destined for UK

Dozens of migrants were detained on Sunday in the French port of Calais, trying to board a cross-Channel ferry bound for Dover.

French police arrested more than 40 people after they scrambled aboard a ferry docked at the port overnight. Twelve people are due to appear in court, while the others were released with a warning.

The migrants broke into a highly protected area and used ladders to climb onto the ship. Cross-Channel traffic was delayed as police launched a 12-hour search for migrants hiding aboard.

READ MORE: Dozens of migrants try to board cross-Channel ferry to Dover

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Orban's billboard row provokes anti-Semitism accusations

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has defended controversial billboards that target European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and US investor George Soros.

Plastered across the country, the posters feature slogans accusing the EU of promoting mass immigration to the continent.

Orban on Sunday rejected claims from the German newspaper Die Welt Am Sonntag that the posters had used anti-Semitic undertones. Orban accused the author of projecting German attitudes on the billboards.

READ MORE: Orban's billboard row provokes anti-Semitism accusations and 'Momentum' pushback

Italy's centre-left Democratic Party elects leader

Nicola Zingaretti, the president of Italy’s Lazio region, become the new leader of the centre-left Democratic Party after winning a projected 67% of the vote on Sunday.

The group will now work towards re-establishing itself as a strong force against the populist government.

Murdered Polish mayor's deputy wins by landslide to succeed him in office

Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, the former deputy of murdered Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz, won a landslide victory in elections to replace him in the northern Polish city, preliminary results showed on Monday.

The murder of Adamowicz, a liberal critic of the anti-immigrant policies of Poland's government, during a charity event in January, provoked a wave of emotion in the country and a debate on hate speech.

As of 7 am CET, Dulkiewicz had won 82% of the vote with a turnout of 48.6%, according to Gdansk's website.

READ MORE: Gdansk votes for successor to murdered mayor Pawel Adamowicz

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