Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#THENETHERLANDS: Four-Party Coalition Government Talks Continue

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Talks on forming a new government start up again on Tuesday between Prime Minister Rutte's People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, the Christian Democrats, the progressive D66 Party, and the Green Left Party. Edith Schippers, who is leading the negotiations, said last week the four parties are serious about forming a new alliance, even though they have major differences of opinion on some subjects among these diverse groups. The four are seeking to form a coalition to shut out the Freedom Party of Geert Wilders.

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Pictured: The Binnenhof, the Dutch parliament buildings and offices of the Prime Ministe.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

#CANADA: Commons Heritage Committee To Review Depictions In TV History Drama

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The controversy surrounding CBC's history miniseries Canada: The Story of Us continues, as the parliamentary standing committee on Canadian heritage has requested a meeting with the public broadcaster to explain the show's "mistakes." The series has been blasted by viewers, including many notable politicians, particularly for snubbing Nova Scotia and for its portrayal of francophones. CBC apologized to those who "felt misrepresented" last week but said it won't be updating or correcting any of the episodes, as critics had called on it to do.

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#GERMANY: Far-Right Anti-Immigrant Party Chooses Openly Gay Leader

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The Alternative For Germany Party has chosen an openly gay leader to represent it in the election this fall. Alice Weidel, 38, an openly lesbian former investment banker, was elected this past Sunday at its convention. Weidel told cheering delegates that the AfD was the only party that could protect Germany's borders and ensure public security. The party, now represented in 11 of Germany's 16 states, signed off on a program that it hopes will pave the way for it to enter the national parliament for the first time in its four-year history.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

#JAPAN: Rare Military Parade In Japan Amid N. Korea Tensions

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Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force’s 14th Brigade rumbled through the city of Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture, last Sunday during a rare parade replete with combat vehicles. Over 15,000 were on hand to watch the spectacle, which included tanks, armored trucks and 450 GSDF troops marching near Zentsuji Temple.. The event was rescheduled from last year due to local earthquake aftivity, but the timing - coming amid increased tensions in the region between North Korea and it's neighbors - couldn't have been a coincidence. The 14th Brigade will replace its tanks with new eight-wheeled fighting vehicles next year.


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#FRANCE: Socialists, Conservatives Unite To Defeat Le Pen In Run-Off Election

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France's beaten mainstream parties have lined up behind Emmanuel Macron in a desperate bid to stave off a victory for the National Front Party's Marine Le Pen in the final round of the presidential election. The Republicans' François Fillon and Socialist Benoît Hamon urged supporters to vote for Macron on May 7, after Le Pen and Macron defeated the conservative and Socialist candidates in the first round election yesterday to advance to the run-off. Pres. François Hollande has also said he will vote for Macron.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

#FRANCE: Voters Head To The Polls Today In First Round of Presidential Voting

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French voters are voting today in the first round of their presidential election - the most contentious and meaningful in decades. National Front candidate Marine Le Pen is expected to do well, and may perhaps win 50% or more, avoiding a run-off election with her 10 other opponents. She, along with many of the other candidates, have campaigned against the European Union, and she vows to pull out of the Euro currency, a "Frexit" that would follow the pattern of the British "Brexit."

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#ALBANIA: Second Round Of Voting Fails For Lack Of Candidate

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Albania's Parliament held on Thursday the second round of voting for election of the new President of the Republic. This round lasted only for few minutes because no candidate was standing for the post and according to the law, under these circumstances, voting is considered done.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

#VENEZUELA: Protests Planned To Commemorate Those Killed in Demonstrations

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After weeks of violent protests that left at the very least 22 individuals lifeless, Venezuelans will take to the streets Saturday wearing white to pay tribute to these killed in anti-authorities demonstrations this month.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, April 21, 2017

#ITALY: Wealthy Northern Regions Will Demand More Power From Rome In Oct. Referenda

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Italy’s wealthy northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, controlled by the right-wing Northern League, will hold referendums in October to try to obtain greater autonomy from the central government, Lombardy’s president said

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

#GERMANY: Alternative For Germany Party Leader Petry Announces Exit From Politics

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The Alternative For Germany Party's Leader, Frauke Petry, has announced via Facebook video that she will not be running as the party's lead candidate in September's national election. Petry said in a video posted to her official Facebook page that she will not be leading her party as a candidate in September’s national election. Last month, she gave an interview hinting at her exit from politics.

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