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Smaller parties could hold keys to power at UK election

London - If British Prime Minister Boris Johnson fails to win an absolute majority in parliament on Thursday, smaller parties may find themselves holding the trump cards in negotiations to form an alliance.Here are the parties who could hold the keys to power.

Germany's SPD shifts left but gives Merkel coalition 'a chance'

Frankfurt Am Main - The new, leftist leaders of Germany's Social Democrats offered Angela Merkel's struggling coalition a lifeline at a key congress on Friday but vowed to push for more action on climate protection and public investments.

France charges Macron's failed EU pick over fake jobs

Paris - French magistrates have charged former defence minister Sylvie Goulard over a fake jobs scandal which wrecked her chances of being named an EU commissioner after being handpicked by President Emmanuel Macron, a judicial source said Monday.

Germany's far-right AfD in radical-moderate leadership compromise

Braunschweig - Germany's far-right AfD party on Saturday elected a leadership duo backed by both its increasingly influential radical wing and moderates, at a congress hit by massive protests.

Germany's far-right AfD elects new leaders as radicals rise

Braunschweig - Germany's far-right AfD party will elect new leaders on Saturday, with its increasingly influential radical wing seeking to tighten its grip on the group after a series of electoral victories.

Johnson unveils manifesto for Brexit Britain

Telford - Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Sunday to take Britain out of the EU by January 31, then set about reinvigorating public services as he launched his Conservative Party's general election manifesto.

Putin calls for initiative from Russia's crisis-hit ruling party

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday told United Russia to take initiative rather than wait for his lead as the ruling party struggles to overcome plummeting popularity after a long period of political dominance.

God, family, homeland: Brazil's Bolsonaro launches new party

Bras - Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday launched a new political party called the Alliance for Brazil, which will put an emphasis on God, family and homeland, as he tries to win back evangelical voters.

Zimbabwean police beat opposition supporters after rally ban

Harare - Zimbabwean riot police fired tear gas and beat opposition supporters on Wednesday after barring a planned address by the main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, AFP journalists said.

Zimbabwean police beat opposition supporters after rally ban

Harare - Zimbabwean riot police fired tear gas and beat opposition supporters on Wednesday after barring a planned address by the main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, AFP journalists said.

Angolan opposition chief hopes for election success as he steps down

Luanda - Angola's opposition chief steps down this week after leading the party for 16 years, contending that the former rebel movement is on track to winning power.

Canada election puts spotlight on the oil-climate divide

Regina - On the eve of Canada's federal elections, Conservatives and Liberals are neck-and-neck in the polls. But in the prairie province of Saskatchewan support for the Tories is steadfast, centered around the fate of the oil and gas industry.

Podemos woes mount as rival leftist enters Spain vote

Madrid - The former number two of Spain's Podemos said Wednesday he would contest November's elections, running against his former close friend Pablo Iglesias who heads the far-left party.

Trudeau, hurt by scandal, faces tough challenge in Canadian vote

Ottawa - Liberal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a tough general election on October 21, dogged by an ethics scandal that has taken the shine off his golden boy image and left him vulnerable to a sharp challenge from Conservative Andrew Scheer.

Far-right Dutch MEP predicts come-back for nationalist parties

Cernobbio - Far-right Dutch MEP Geert Wilders on Saturday said nationalist parties were experiencing "tough" times but predicted that they would make a come-back."It's a tough time. We will come back," Wilders said, speaking at an event in northern Italy.

Italy's rebel Five Star Movement joins establishment

Rome - Born 10 years ago from a grassroots rebellion against traditional politics, Italy's Five Star Movement has evolved into a party capable of forging alliances with the far-right and now the left.

Italy poised for last-ditch talks to form new government

Rome - Italy's president is due to begin a fresh round of talks with discordant political parties on Tuesday aimed at finding a new coalition government and ending a political crisis sparked by the collapse of the ruling populist alliance.

S.Africa's Buthelezi, 90, steps down as Inkatha Freedom Party leader

Johanesburg - Mangosuthu Buthelezi, head of the once-feared Zulu nationalist Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), on Saturday stepped down as party leader after 44 years.

Italy ex-premier Renzi returns to take on 'the other Matteo'

Rome - Matteo Renzi, one-time darling of the Italian centre-left, has made a relatively humble but significant return to politics to take on "the other Matteo", far-right leader Matteo Salvini.

Salvini ambush sparks Italy political crisis

Rome - Italy plunged into political uncertainty Friday after Interior Minister Matteo Salvini pulled support for the government coalition and called for snap elections while parliament was on summer recess.

Italy grapples with government crisis

Rome - Speculation that Italy's coalition government could collapse mounted Thursday as tension between its populist leaders peaked over the financing of a multi-billion-euro high-speed train line.

Spain's Sanchez moves closer to securing parliament support for second term

Madrid - Spain's Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez's chances of winning a confidence vote in parliament next week to stay on as prime minister received a boost Friday after the head of far-left party Podemos agreed not to take a government post.

Polish hotel cancels rooms for German far-right MPs

Berlin - Lawmakers from Germany's far-right AfD party said they had to cancel plans to gather in neighbouring Poland Friday after their hotel cancelled their reservation hours before the meeting.

Battle heats up to tackle Boris Johnson and be British PM

London - The battle to make the two-man shortlist to become Britain's prime minister, which will almost certainly include Boris Johnson, heats up on Wednesday when another contender will be eliminated.

France's Le Pen to go on trial for tweeting gruesome IS images

Nterre - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been ordered to stand trial for tweeting pictures of Islamic State atrocities, a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday.

Race to lead Britain out of EU pits old foes

London - The race to become Britain's next premier heated up on Sunday as Environment Secretary Michael Gove joined a crowded field of hopefuls with competing visions of how to finally pull their divided country out of the EU.

Race to lead Britain out of EU pits old foes

London - The race to become Britain's next premier heated up on Sunday as Environment Secretary Michael Gove joined a crowded field of hopefuls with competing visions of how to finally pull their divided country out of the EU.

EU vote faces new covert digital threats: report

Paris - New players are exploiting internet lawlessness to disrupt democracy at this week's European elections, says a new report that points a finger at far-right populists and cyber militias.

Anti-Salvini balcony protests sweep Italy

Naples - The removal of a protest banner against Italian far-right leader and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has sparked hundreds of copycat protests around the country.

'Legacy of dictatorship' looms as S. Koreans rail against political parties

Seoul - A petition calling for the South Korean government to dissolve the main opposition party has gained 1.7 million signatures in less than two weeks, in what analysts call a sign of growing intolerance in the former dictatorship.
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