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Sarkozy faces test as Socialists triumph

from FT.com – World, Europe
The Socialists secured about 36 per cent of the vote while the National Front fared less well than in the first round of voting but still won 11 per cent of the vote

MAIN FOCUS: State election rout dangerous for Merkel | 28/03/2011

from euro|topics

In German state elections the conservative CDU has suffered a crushing defeat in its stronghold of Baden-Württemberg and will probably be forced to relinquish its grip on power there after 58 years. Among other things the party ignored voters’ concerns about the risks of nuclear power, something which could now have repercussions also for Chancellor Angela Merkel, the press writes.

Bad week for Europe?s centre-right?and centre-left?

from Brussels Blog by Peter Spiegel

In today?s paper, my Berlin-based colleagues Quentin Peel and Gerrit Wiesman note that it?s been a bad week for the eurozone?s most high-profile centre-right leaders: Germany?s Angela Merkel and France?s Nicolas Sarkozy both saw their parties trounced in regional elections, and Italy?s Silvio Berlusconi was back in court.

Europe’s centre-right faces crisis of authority

from FT.com – World, Europe
Ms Merkel’s electoral setback means that the leaders of the eurozone’s three largest economies have seen their political standing seriously undermined

 

Merkel’s party suffers severe poll defeat

from FT.com – World, Europe
The German chancellor was heading for a severe defeat in the conservative heartland of her ruling Christian Democratic Union after a surge in votes to the anti-nuclear Green party

Japan, Libya events inflict electoral blow on Merkel

from EurActiv.com
Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats lost power yesterday (27 March) in the rich state of Baden-Württemberg, where anti-nuclear sentiment had been mobilised by radiation leaks from an earthquake-stricken nuclear plant in Japan. The vote is not expected to cost her the job, but would certainly limit her ability to pass legislation.

MAIN FOCUS: State election rout dangerous for Merkel | 28/03/2011

from euro|topics

In German state elections the conservative CDU has suffered a crushing defeat in its stronghold of Baden-Württemberg and will probably be forced to relinquish its grip on power there after 58 years. Among other things the party ignored voters’ concerns about the risks of nuclear power, something which could now have repercussions also for Chancellor Angela Merkel, the press writes.

 

Voters reject Sarkozy party in French local elections

by Agence France-Presse
Voters rebuffed French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s party in local elections Sunday that saw the Socialists and the far right gain ground ahead of next year’s presidential vote.

Euro Plus Pact in the media I

by Grahnlaw

How have blogs and other media received the economic policy guidelines and decisions adopted by the European Council spring meeting? Have they been as impressed as some political leaders by their own feats?

Euro Plus Pact in the media II

by Grahnlaw

We continue our European media round-up with the second part concerning the Euro Plus Pact, confirmed by the spring European Council 24 to 25 March 2011.

Spring European Council summary

by Grahnlaw

Following the two days of the European Council meeting, we look at the materials on offer to those who want to know more.

2011-03-26 Greek cablegate revelations: The secret people behind Prime Minister Papandreou, and the criticism from his party colleagues

Portugal’s endgame?, Sofia Diogo Mateus

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Sofia Diogo Mateus
The collapse of the Sócrates administration is yet another example of how petty politics sustain the country’s perpetual crisis.

Portugal has once again entered campaign mode. Although President Aníbal Cavaco Silva has yet to officially accept Prime Minister José Sócrates?s resignation while striving to guarantee that any future government will have a solid majority, a decision is be expected by early next week, as soon as the parties agree on a date – either May 29 or June 5.

Portugal: no country for young men?, Susana Moreira Marques

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Susana Moreira Marques
A comic duo in the Eurovision, a new hymn against high-qualified slave labour and a Facebook protest on March 12, brought back the dormant spirit of revolution to the streets of Lisbon.

Weekly briefing: Competiveness pact vs. Europact

from Ideas on Europe by itelleu

This week was a busy week in Brussels: A meeting of Heads of State at the EU summit  lead to Council conclusions on the Pact of the Euro or the Euro plus pact ? for Competitiveness and Convergence ? a pact that has resounded in Parliaments of nation states since Germany and France first presented their pact at the meeting of the European Council the 4th of February.

 

Battle for Trafalgar Square, London as violence breaks out between demonstrators and riot police

 

On violence, protest and London’s March for the Alternative, Paul Sagar

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Paul Sagar
How do we pass moral judgment over the use of political violence? What of situations that lack a basic strategy, as on London’s March for the Alternative? Paul Sagar regrets the violence last Saturday, but tempers his judgment with an understanding of the underlying reasons.

Sarkozy’s dangerous Mitterandian games with the National Front, Mark Lee Hunter

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Mark Lee Hunter
President Nicolas Sarkozy lost two districts to the French National Front in cantonal elections at the week-end. His UMP party have been encouraging the Front’s resurgence in a dangerous move that is depressingly familiar to observers of French politics

 

Geert Wilders in Rome: White Supremacism, Wild Mythology

from Blogactiv by huib

March 25, Mr. Geert Wilders, Dutch MP and leader of an authoritarian movement (no membership, one leader), called the ?Freedom Party? (PVV), spoke at a meeting in Rome, Italy.

 

Can Portugal survive until new elections?

from Brussels Blog by Peter Spiegel

With most of the work on the so-called ?grand bargain? completed at last week?s European Union summit, all eyes will now focus on Portugal and whether it can make it until expected elections in May or June without resorting to a bail-out.

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