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Game over for France's traditional left and right?

Paris - With neither the mainstream left nor right tipped to win the French presidency, this year's election could end a lock on power that has defined the country's politics for decades.

EU 'enemies' should be denied bloc funding: top MEP

Strasbourg - The EU should deny funding to far-right parties that want to "destroy" the bloc, a top European Parliament figure urged on Tuesday.

Blackface ban, no Sunday shops: offbeat ideas in Dutch polls

Den Haag - Legalising all drugs, banning a blackface children's character, scrapping Sunday shopping and introducing mobile apps to tell MPs how to vote are some of the unorthodox ideas being peddled by Dutch political parties.

Italy's leftwing rebels abandon Renzi for new party

Rome - Rebels from Italy's ruling party, who quit in defiance of former prime minister Matteo Renzi, struck out on their own on Saturday founding a movement they hailed as a "renewal" for left-wing politics.

UK by-election a battle for survival in Brexit bastion

Stoke-on-trent - A knife-edge by-election in the biggest Brexit-backing city will be make-or-break for UKIP and Labour, with both parties struggling to find their role as Britain quits the European Union.

Once inseparable, Podemos chief and deputy in merciless duel

Madrid - They met at university 14 years ago, became firm friends, founded Spain's far-left Podemos party off the back of a wave of anti-austerity protests and catapulted it to national prominence.

UKIP in new row over misspent EU parliament funds

Brussels - Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage and other members of Britain's anti-EU party UKIP in the European Parliament are suspected of having misspent more than half a million euros in EU funds, a parliamentary source said Thursday.

The ENF: at the far-right of the European Parliament

Paris - Here is a snapshot of members of the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), a circle of far-right parties who met in the west German city of Koblenz on Saturday.

'Europe will wake up in 2017', Le Pen tells Germany right-wing congress

Koblenz - French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen on Saturday told a European gathering of rightwing populists in Germany that a string of high-stakes elections in 2017 would blow a wind of change across the region.

'Europe will wake up in 2017', Le Pen tells Germany right-wing congress

Koblenz - French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen on Saturday told a European gathering of rightwing populists in Germany that a string of high-stakes elections in 2017 would blow a wind of change across the region.

'Europe will wake up in 2017', Le Pen tells Germany right-wing congress

Koblenz - French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen on Saturday told a European gathering of rightwing populists in Germany that a string of high-stakes elections in 2017 would blow a wind of change across the region.

Sweden conservatives woo far-right to topple government

Stockholm - Sweden's main opposition party courted controversy Thursday by suggesting it accept support by the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) to bring down the minority government.

UK Women's Equality Party debuts on Trump 'disaster'

Manchester - Britain's newly-formed Women's Equality Party is thrashing out topics such as unequal pay and the "disaster" of Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton to the White House, at its first ever conference this weekend.

May's Conservatives heading down open road to Brexit

London - Turmoil in the political opposition has given Britain's governing Conservative Party free rein to implement Brexit in its own way, but Prime Minister Theresa May is at the mercy of her own awkward squad, analysts say.

Diane James replaces Farage as leader of Britain's UKIP

Bournemouth - Nigel Farage on Friday said UKIP had "changed the course of British history" with Brexit as he handed over leadership of the eurosceptic party, which faces an uncertain future without its charismatic chief.

Britain's UKIP choosing new leader to follow Farage

Bournemouth - Britain's UKIP announces its new leader on Friday, though the contest to replace charismatic figurehead Nigel Farage has divided the anti-EU party.

S.Africa's ANC faces deep crisis after vote defeat

Johanesburg - Record electoral losses and deep internal divisions are threatening both the long hold on power enjoyed by South Africa's ruling ANC party and the political future of President Jacob Zuma.

Pretoria opposition coalition talks fail after vote

Johanesburg - South Africa's leading opposition party said Wednesday it would not be forming a coalition government to run the country's capital, despite defeating the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in local polls.

Brexit resignations prompt 'nation of quitters' doubts

London - Britain's vote to leave the European Union has prompted a spate of political resignations, starting with that of Prime Minister David Cameron, that have prompted a bout of national soul-searching.

Britain's Theresa May launches bid to succeed PM

London - British interior minister Theresa May announced her bid to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday, saying negotiations to leave the European Union should not begin before the end of the year.

Brexit campaigner Gove bids to succeed Cameron as UK prime minister

London - Leading Brexit campaigner and Justice Minister Michael Gove on Thursday announced a surprise bid to succeed David Cameron as British prime minister, launching a sensational attack on referendum ally Boris Johnson, who is also expected to run.

Race opens to find Brexit Britain's new leader

London - The ruling Conservatives fired the gun Wednesday on the race to pick Britain's next premier after a shock Brexit vote, as departing David Cameron turned his fire on beleaguered opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.

UK Labour leader Corbyn defies Brexit ouster vote

London - British opposition Labour lawmakers voted massively against their leader Jeremy Corbyn in a no-confidence motion Tuesday triggered by the Brexit crisis, but the veteran socialist refused to quit.

Britain's parties in leadership tumult after Brexit shock

London - Britain's two main political parties were in Brexit turmoil on Tuesday as the race to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron began in earnest and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn faced a no-confidence vote from Labour MPs.

Cheers for 'Leave' at EU referendum party

London - Chanting and cheering, "Leave" supporters hailed early victories in the EU referendum at a lavish party in London featuring a large cake decorated with a champagne bottle and a Union Jack flag.

Turkey PM to quit as Erdogan tightens grip

Ankara - Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday announced he would step down in two weeks as ruling party chief and premier, in a shock exit set to further boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's growing powers.

Latin American leftist parties reject Brazil 'coup'

Managua - A grouping of leftwing Latin America political parties on Wednesday rejected the impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, calling it an "institutional coup.

South Africa anti-apartheid stalwart urges Zuma to step down

Johanesburg - A South African anti-apartheid veteran who was jailed with Nelson Mandela has urged beleaguered President Jacob Zuma to step down after a damning ruling found him in violation of the constitution.

Old foes face dilemma over teaming up after Irish election

Dublin - Ireland's two biggest political parties, bitter rivals for almost a century, were facing a tough choice Monday in the wake of inconclusive elections -- team up, or risk months of instability.

Zuma ridicules S. Africa opposition for disrupting his speech

Cape Town - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Friday mocked the opposition as "useless" and ignorant, after rowdy radical lawmakers repeatedly disrupted his annual state of the nation parliamentary address.
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