Updated 5:10 pm CDT, Sunday, May 26, 2019 Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage smiles as he arrives at the counting center for the European Elections for the South East England region, in Southampton, England, Sunday, May 26, 2019. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage smiles as he arrives at the counting center for the European Elections for the South East England region, in Southampton, England, Sunday, May 26, 2019. Photo: Alastair Grant, AP Photo: Alastair Grant, AP Image 1 of / 45 Caption Close Image 1 of 45 Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage smiles as he arrives at the counting center for the European Elections for the South East England region, in Southampton, England, Sunday, May 26, 2019. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage smiles as he arrives at the counting center for the … [Read more...] about The Latest: Slovakia pro-EU party comes in 1st in EU vote
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Socialist party of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez wins 2019 Spanish general election with 122 seats but fell short of a majority (176 seats). Sanchez to form alliance with at least one Catalan separatist party if he wants to remain in power. Vox party wins 24 seats (over 10% of vote), becoming first far-right party to sit in parliament since 1982. Conservative Popular Party loses 137 seats in Parliament. Left-wing bloc (157 seats) triumphs over right-wing bloc (146 seats). High voter turnout at over 75%. A jubilant Pedro Sanchez addressed supporters in the early hours of Monday morning after his Socialist Party PSOE won Spain's third election in four years. Official results showed Sanchez claimed victory with 123 seats (29% of votes) but fell well short of a majority (176 seats). The right-wing, conservative Popular Party (PP), which governed Spain until it was ejected from power in a no-confidence vote in 2018, saw its support fall dramatically to 66 seats, down from 137. … [Read more...] about ‘We will form a pro-European government’: Sanchez’s Socialists win in Spain
We often hear the expression “a celebration of Democracy” speaking about elections, but in the Nordic Countries, for a decade or so, they have been celebrating democracy and politics at so-called Democracy Festivals, welcoming thousands of aspiring voters. Activists, citizens and top politicians of all hues get together to debate and discuss how to improve democracy but also eat, drink and listen to music. Now pro-European lobby European Movement has tried to move the concept south to the island of Texel in the Netherlands, with the first pan-European Democracy Alive festival. Finnish pioneer Alexis Pekkalin, vice-president of European Movement Finland, explains that one of the first Democracy Festivals in Finland had its roots in a Jazz Festival in the Sixties but in 2005 added a political gathering. “My wish is that it could spread all over Europe, I think it would be a good idea that the Presidency of the European Union, when it changes, could be organizing … [Read more...] about A European democracy festival, how does that work?
World There was a seemingly not-so-subtle message in London's firework display for the new year. The show seemed to be anti-Brexit and lent support to the European Union. The famous London Eye lit up to appear like the EU flag and the phrase "London is open" was said in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish, reported The Guardian on Tuesday. Britain has spent the past couple of years in political turmoil after it voted to leave the EU. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wanted the fireworks to show the city was open and welcoming to all kinds of people. "We, in my opinion, are one of the greatest cities in the world; one of the reasons we are one of the greatest cities in the world is because of the contribution made by Europeans," Khan said ahead of the fireworks, according to The Guardian. "I think diversity is a strength and I think what tonight is about is celebrating that diversity. I hope that members of parliament, members of the … [Read more...] about London’s New Year’s Fireworks Seemingly Sent Anti-Brexit, Pro-European Union Message
Thousands of fireworks covered the sky above central London as the UK welcomed 2019 overnight. More than 100,000 people lined the banks of the Thames for the ticketed event, which saw eight tonnes of fireworks set off from three barges and from the London Eye.Even Big Ben came out of hibernation to count down to midnight, having been closed down for renovation in August 2017.The dazzling display was centred around the theme "London is open" - with the phrase spoken in seven languages at 12.02am: Italian, Polish, German, Romanian, Spanish, French and English.The soundtrack featured the best European talent in what was billed as a rebuke of the "insular inward-looking" impression given of the UK in the lead-up to Brexit. London mayor Sadiq Khan said the fireworks display was about "showing the world, while they're watching us, that we're going to carry on being open-minded, outward-looking, pluralistic".He added: "We, in my opinion, are one of the greatest cities in the world, one of … [Read more...] about ‘London is open’: Pro-Europe message as capital marks New Year