Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives were on course to form a grand coalition government.
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Thursday 26 April 2012
The Dutch caretaker government and opposition lawmakers said today that they are close to a deal on a provisional 2013 austerity budget, but the outcome was not yet certain.
Saturday 18 February 2012
Wulff stands down after criminal investigation begins over charges of improper favours
Thursday 02 February 2012
Oscar Luigi Scalfaro was a Catholic politician whose anachronistic virtues, in particular his complete honesty and his commitment to the constitution, came to Italy's rescue during the gravest political crisis of the post-war era, the corruption scandal which erupted in 1993.
Wednesday 16 November 2011
Tuesday 15 November 2011
Chancellor Angela Merkel told political supporters yesterday that the eurozone debt crisis presents Europe with its toughest challenge since the Second World War, and insisted that closer political union and tough fiscal sanctions offered the best hope of weathering the storm.
Monday 07 March 2011
The next government in Dublin took shape yesterday with Ireland's two largest political parties striking a deal to work together.
Tuesday 01 March 2011
Two former opposition parties were holding talks yesterday aimed at forming a new government after the long-dominant Fianna Fail suffered a crushing defeat at the polls.
Saturday 26 February 2011
Irish centre-right party Fine Gael looks set to lead the next government - but without an overall majority, according to an exit poll in the Irish general election.
Friday 25 February 2011
After today's general election, Ireland needs a government which can face the dreadful economic realities and manage austerity in a manner which is tough but as fair as possible. The previous administration, led by Fianna Fail, chortled to the public that they had never had it so good, but now a prolonged period of painful adversity lies ahead.
Friday 25 February 2011
Wednesday 16 February 2011
The latest polls in the Irish general election, to be held on 25 February, put the four main parties largely in the order they were in when the campaign opened, with Fine Gael likely to the biggest party in the Dail.
Wednesday 19 January 2011
Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen is to take over the Foreign Affairs portfolio after a rebel minister quit following a failed leadership challenge.
Friday 19 November 2010
Saturday 11 September 2010
In Poland, she remains Germany's most hated living politician. Her unashamedly revanchist political views once prompted a Warsaw news magazine to portray her on its front cover clad in a sinister, swastika-covered Nazi SS uniform.
Franceso Cossiga: Pragmatic and controversial politician who served as prime minister and president of Italy
Thursday 19 August 2010
It is no coincidence that Francesco Cossiga was both "a sincere Anglophile," in the words of one British ambassador, and a man obsessed with espionage. As minister of the interior during the late 1970s, when the threat of ultra-left terrorism to the Italian state culminated in the kidnapping and murder of ex-prime minister Aldo Moro, it was a necessary fixation, but for Cossiga it was also a love affair. "Some people like flowers," he once said. "I like spies."
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