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Hollande ‘wins French presidency’

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Socialist Francois Hollande has been elected as France’s new president, early estimates say, in a vote that has wide implications for the eurozone.


Hollande takes French presidency

from FT.com – World, Europe
François Hollande becomes first socialist to occupy the Elysée palace for 17 years, tilting the political balance in Europe back towards centre-left


Sarkozy pays price for being crisis president

from FT.com – World, Europe
First president to suffer the ignominy of failing to be re-elected since Giscard d?Estaing in 1981


Greek coalition ‘slumps in poll’

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Exit polls in the Greek parliamentary election suggest the two main parties, which back tough austerity measures, have suffered massive losses.


VIDEO: French campaign ‘endless and vicious’

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Journalist Christine Ockrent said the French were tired of the “endless, vicious and verbally violent” election campaign leading up to Sunday’s final vote between Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy.


Angry French and Greek voters

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by JOOST LAGENDIJK
This weekend, much of the political focus in Europe will be on Paris and Athens. In France, voters will head to the polls for the second round of presidential elections.

Greece: Rise of Neo-Nazi Group ?Golden Dawn’

from Global Voices Online by Veroniki Krikoni
Facebook group ?Leme OCHI sti Chrysi Avgi? (We say NO to Golden Dawn) [el] already has more than 11,000 likes. Created on December 2011, the anti-fascist group declares that ?Fascism is gangrene, either you rip it off or it kills you?. Group members try to persuade people not to vote for Greek neo-Nazi party Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) in forthcoming May 6, 2012, General Greek elections. Sofia Ignatidou in a Guardian article states that ?Greeks shouldn’t let their despair drive them to supporting the dangerous and opportunistic far-right party?.

Rick Falkvinge and the Pirates

from Jon Worth by Jon

A few weeks ago at a meeting in London, one of the Labour Party?s best known bloggers literally snorted at me when I said that Labour had much to learn from the Pirate Party. But I?m undeterred by that, and having spent the last week in Germany, I?ve been looking in depth at the Pirate phenomenon, and its effects are interesting ? but not in the obvious ways.

Europe: A shift in the political wind

from FT.com – Analysis
As elections threaten to challenge the continent’s austerity-driven course out of the crisis, leaders may focus on growth. By Tony Barber and Peter Spiegel

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