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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.

Europe's far-right touts 'new European harmony' in EU vote

Prague - Marine Le Pen, head of France's National Rally party, on Thursday said Europe's populist far-right parties are offering a "new European harmony" to voters in European parliament elections next month.

Spain PM won't rule out post-poll alliance with centre-right

Madrid - Spain's Socialist prime minister refused Thursday to rule out including centre-right group Ciudadanos in any governing alliance if his party wins a weekend general election.

'Political police' revelations hit Spain's election campaign

Madrid - Spain's so-called "political police," which under previous conservative governments allegedly dug up dirt and fabricated evidence to harm rivals, has emerged as an explosive theme in the campaign for elections at the end of this month.

German far-right sees divided front after European poll

Berlin - The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD)'s chief candidate for European elections, Joerg Meuthen, expects big gains for nationalist parties but thinks they will have trouble forming a united front to advance an agenda.

Hungary PM's Fidesz party suspended from European EPP group

Apo - The Fidesz party of firebrand Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was suspended from the European People's Party Wednesday, the EU's biggest and most influential political grouping, the EPP said.

Hungary's Orban faces EPP suspension after insults

Apo - The Fidesz party of firebrand Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be hit with a temporary suspension from the European People's Party, EPP sources said Wednesday.

Leader of Britain's anti-Brexit Lib Dems stepping down

London - Vince Cable, the leader of Britain's Liberal Democrats, will step down from the role in May "to make way for a new generation", he told party members on Thursday.

Hungary ruling party urged to forge EU far-right alliance

Budapest - A Hungarian newspaper close to Prime Minister Viktor Orban's party urged it Thursday to quit the European Parliament's conservative group and forge a more radical alliance instead of yielding to an ultimatum over an anti-EU poster campaign.

European EPP members push to exclude Hungary's Orban

Apo - Members of the centre-right European People's Party have officially requested the exclusion of Hungary's populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party from the group, a top official said Monday.

Israel PM deal seeks to boost ultra-right in April vote

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brokered an agreement Wednesday aimed at uniting ultra-right parties ahead of April elections, prompting accusations he was pandering to extremists.

Tough times for Iran's political parties as revolution turns 40

Tehran - Iran's main political parties are on rocky ground as the Islamic Republic marks its 40th birthday, with reformists in disarray and conservatives seeking a new identity.

Zimbabwe opposition says crackdown worse than under Mugabe

Harare - Zimbabwe's main opposition said Tuesday a violent crackdown on civilians by the new government was worse than anything in recent years under ousted leader Robert Mugabe, accusing Harare of escalating "terrorism".

German far right dallies with 'Dexit' from EU

Riesa - As the British parliament prepares for a crucial Brexit vote Tuesday, Germany's far right voted Sunday to break a national taboo by campaigning to quit the European Union if its demand for reforms within the bloc are not met.

Far-right AfD to campaign on German EU exit

Riesa - German far-right party AfD voted Sunday to campaign for Berlin's exit from the EU in the upcoming European Parliament elections if its demand for reforms within the bloc are not met.

In Brexit heartland, opposition leader's words fall flat

Wakefield - With less than three months until Britain leaves the European Union, activists in Labour's industrial heartland, which voted heavily for Brexit, are demanding one thing from their leader Jeremy Corbyn: clarity.

Spanish far-right party backs formation of conservative govt in Andalusia

Madrid - Tiny far-right party Vox, which sent shockwaves through Spain after winning a surprise 12 seats in Andalusia last month, said Wednesday it would vote in favour of forming a conservative government in the southern region.

Spanish far-right party backs formation of conservative govt in Andalusia

Madrid - Tiny far-right party Vox, which sent shockwaves through Spain after winning a surprise 12 seats in Andalusia last month, said Wednesday it would vote in favour of the formation of a conservative government in the southern region.

Rise of far-right unsettles Spain's mainstream conservative parties

Madrid - Spain's far-right party Vox holds the key to the formation of a right-wing government in the southern region of Andalusia but is proving to be a tough partner for Spain's mainstream conservative parties.
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