Italian conservative Tajani wins race to head European Parliament

Italian conservative Tajani wins race to head European Parliament

Centre-right politician Antonio Tajani was elected the new president of the European Parliament on Tuesday after defeating his socialist rival, a fellow Italian, in a daylong series of votes. The new speaker, 63, a former EU commissioner and an ally of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, succeeds German Social Democrat Martin Schulz at a time of […]

How Catholic hardliners shaped France’s race for the presidency

How Catholic hardliners shaped France’s race for the presidency

François Fillon’s abrupt surge from also-ran to hot favourite for the French presidency has cast a spotlight on the role played by Catholic voters and hardline activists in designating a conservative candidate for the Elysée Palace. In a year of electoral upsets that brought pollsters on both sides of the Atlantic into unprecedented disrepute, the […]

Colombia’s Santos meets rival Uribe in race to save FARC peace deal

Colombia’s Santos meets rival Uribe in race to save FARC peace deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday peace with the FARC rebels is “close,” but his top opponent demanded an overhaul of a “weak” deal rejected by voters in a referendum. Seeking to salvage the peace process on which he has staked his legacy, Santos held a meeting with his predecessor and former boss, Alvaro […]

Centrist Bayrou trips up Sarkozy at start of presidential race

Centrist Bayrou trips up Sarkozy at start of presidential race

Centrist politician François Bayrou on Sunday said he would run as a candidate in France’s presidential election next year if Nicolas Sarkozy won the right-wing Les Républicains party nomination, in a new affront to the former president. Speaking to supporters gathered in the western French town of Guidel, Bayrou accused Sarkozy of pitting French people […]

Rescue workers race to find Italy quake survivors

Rescue workers race to find Italy quake survivors

  Rescuers worked into the early hours of Thursday in a desperate search for survivors after a powerful earthquake shook central Italy, leaving at least 159 people dead and devastating several mountain villages. With 368 people injured, some critically, and an unknown number trapped under rubble, the death toll from Wednesday’s pre-dawn quake was expected […]

Gove edges Johnson out of race to succeed British PM Cameron

Gove edges Johnson out of race to succeed British PM Cameron

Forget the polls and the bookmakers. If the race to succeed British Prime Minister David Cameron as the country’s leader and head of the ruling Conservative Party demonstrated anything on Thursday, it’s that all bets are off. In a day of unexpected twists and turns, former London mayor Boris Johnsonsaid on Thursday that he will […]

On eve of Brexit vote, rival camps race to win over undecideds

On eve of Brexit vote, rival camps race to win over undecideds

British Prime Minister David Cameron and his eurosceptic opponents made final appeals Wednesday for undecided voters on the eve of a referendum on EU membership as polls showed the “Remain” and “Leave” camps too close to call. A victory for the “Leave” camp could unleash turmoil on the financial markets, and foreign exchange bureaus have […]

Peru’s Kuczynski wins nail-biting presidential race

Peru’s Kuczynski wins nail-biting presidential race

  Former World Bank economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski won 41,438 more votes than Keiko Fujimori in Peru’s photo finish presidential election, but thousands of disputed or unclear ballots remain uncounted, authorities said on Thursday. Kuczynski, a centrist, won 50.12 percent of all tallied votes over 49.88 percent for Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of a jailed […]