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#1181 BansheeOne

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 0620 AM

With the current limitations to find old threads back, namely the "Because the EU" one, I'm just continuing to cover the outcome of the European elections here. Some of Ursula von der Leyen's proposed Commission are having a hard time in the confirmation hearings, ostentatively over dubious financial schemes and conflicts of interest. The European Parliament's justice committee already rejected two of them. Hungarian László Trócsányi was tapped as EU extension commissioner, but had a stake in a law firm while also serving as Hungary's minister of justice. Romanian Rovana Plumb was supposed to be transport commissioner, but fell over an anonymous credit she took and donated to her party. Both Hungary and Romania have already named replacement candidates.

 

Proposed Polish agricultural commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski is in jeopardy due to investigations of EU anti-corruption authority OLAF over having received compensation for "insufficiently documented travel expenses" as a member of the European Auditing Court in 2009-2011; however, he has long repaid the 11,250 Euro in question, and OLAF announced that they abated the investigation just before the hearings. Like Wojciechowski, Frenchwoman Sylvie Goulard, tapped for the important post of commissioner for the Single Market, just got told to come back with better answers to questions over an OLAF investigation in which she had to repay 45,000 Euro for a staffer she couldn't prove actually worked for her MEP office (she stepped down as French defense minister over that), as well as working for the think tank of German-American billionaire Nicolas Berggruen to the tune of 10,000-plus Euro per month.

 

There are of course political reasons for all that, too. The Hungarian, Romanian and Polish governments are each having trouble with the EU over their moves to weaken the rule of law for increased political and economic control by the respective ruling parties. Trócsányi was a chief architect of Viktor Orban's controversial justice reforms in Hungary. Plumb already had to step down as Romanian minister for EU aids over corruption charges in 2017 as part of the scandals which have marred the Romanian Social Democrats - and which they have sought to counter by raising the legal protections of politicians against such charges. It's notable that the EU Council recently agreed to the European Parliament's candidate for the position of the EU chief prosecutor; Romanian Laura Kövesi, who was in all appearance fired back home for taking her job as head of the national anti-corruption investigations authority too serious, and against whom her own government had campaigned in the Council.

 

As for Goulard, she's the candidate of French president Emmanuel Macron's liberals, and her problems in the hearings are likely at least in part the parliament's payback for Macron being instrumental in kicking out conservative candidate Manfred Weber who had the best democratic mandate to become the next Commission president after running in the European elections. This is parliament reasserting itself after they gave away their right to decide on that position due to partisan quarreling, and exacting a price for going with von der Leyen. Also, after already preventing the Hungarian conservative and Romanian social democrat, proportional partisanship demands you don't let the French liberal get away.

 

There are purely political apprehensions over former Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni, meant to become commissioner with the sprawling job description of economy, protecting the european way of life, and immigration. The leftist camp in parliament has made its mind up that this implies protecting the European way of life includes protecting against immigration, and demands a reassignment of tasks in the Commission. Conservatives are more worried about an Italian being put in charge of European economics, when Italy is notorious in the camp of EU members aiming for laxer rules for public debts etc. In Wojciechowski's case, Poland is the main benefitor of EU agriculltural aids, which the Polish government wants to increase further. It hasn't helped him that the latter announced it would introduce a system of regular consultations between the Polish prime minister and "their" EU commissioner.


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#1182 Panzermann

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 1554 PM

Kurz vs Kramp-Karrenbauer for 2021 would be epic!

 

tu felix austria nube

 

Would make for a nice acronym for the combined family name  :ninja:


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#1183 TonyE

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 1815 PM

Kurz goes for young booty, not for teutonic Elton John-lookalikes. :ninja: ^_^


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 0403 AM

*Cracks knuckles*

 

European Parliament rejects French Commission candidate. Macron personally offended.

 

Amid fury in Paris, Macron warns EU of institution crisis over Commission jobs

 

By Reuters • last updated: 11/10/2019 - 19:04

 

By Michel Rose

 

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron spoke on Friday of a “political crisis” between the EU’s executive and its parliament after lawmakers rejected his pick for commissioner, while members of his party blamed a leading German conservative for the debacle.

 

The lawmakers on Thursday emphatically rejected Sylvie Goulard, Macron’s pick to head industrial policy in the next European Commission over her role in a jobs scandal, in which she denies wrongdoing, and her past work as an adviser for a U.S. think-tank which paid her more than 10,000 euros a month.

 

Their move could potentially delay the start of the new Commission, which is due to take office on Nov. 1, and curb the influence of France, the European Union’s second biggest economy and a founding member of the club.

 

Each EU member state nominates a candidate for the Commission who must then pass a confirmation hearing in the European Parliament.

 

“We must not allow a European political crisis to escalate,” Macron told reporters before a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the Elysee palace in Paris.

 

He said a Europe consumed by “its own petty wars” would become a weaker power on the global stage.

 

Privately, French officials are seething and accused Manfred Weber, a German conservative member of the European Parliament, of orchestrating Goulard’s downfall as revenge after Macron scuppered his hopes of becoming the next Commission president.

 

“There’s vengeance and resentment, and we feel we’re paying the price of tactics by the (conservative) European People’s Party, which are alien to us because we’re newcomers,” a source within Macron’s party told Reuters.

 

ANTI-FRENCH

 

Weber’s entourage denied they acted out of revenge.

 

“The EPP group always insisted on the seriousness of the procedure because the European Parliament has an important democratic role to play with these confirmation hearings,” an EPP official said.

 

Another source close to Macron said “anti-French” sentiment among countries in Germany’s orbit also played a role in Goulard’s rejection, reflecting a sense that Macron had acquired too much influence in the incoming executive.

 

It was Macron who successfully proposed Ursula von der Leyen, another leading German conservative, to become the next Commission president, and Goulard received a huge portfolio overseeing the EU internal market and European defence integration.

 

[...]

 

https://www.euronews...sioner-rejected

 

Poland cannot into surprises.

 

October 14, 2019 / 7:06 AM / Updated 6 minutes ago

 
Poland's ruling nationalists win majority in parliament
 
 
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party won a majority in Sunday’s parliamentary election, securing a second four-year term to continue reforms that have put it on a collision course with Brussels.
 
PiS secured 45.2% of votes, according to results from 83% of constituencies published by the electoral committee on Monday. The biggest opposition grouping Civic Coalition (KO), which comprises centrist and liberal parties, came second with 26.1%.
 
[...]
 

The leftist alliance, The Left, got 12.1%, while the bloc of agrarian PSL and anti-system Kukiz’15 was at 8.8%. The far-right Confederation has probably also passed the threshold and managed to get into parliament, scoring 6.7% based on partial results.

 

“The most important thing is that we achieved our aim - from the very beginning our plan was to get the majority,” Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin told private broadcaster TVN24 on Monday.

 

According to Reuters calculations, PiS won 238 out of 460 seats in lower house, the Sejm, although this result is subject to change depending on the performance of other parties.

 

Poland’s euro-denominated government bonds rallied on Monday after the results came out. The zloty started Monday trade at 4.3056 to euro, almost unchanged since late Sunday. Warsaw stock exchange started the day with a 0.4% slide.

 

https://www.reuters....t-idUSKBN1WT0FB

 

Romania OTOH can.

 

Dancila's Romanian government falls in no-confidence vote

 
10 October 2019
 

Romania's government has collapsed after losing a no-confidence vote weeks ahead of a presidential election.

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila was defeated amid dramatic scenes by 238 votes in favour of the motion - five more than needed in the 465 house.

 

She was appointed in January 2018 - the third prime minister in seven months. Romania has for years been plagued by government corruption scandals.

 

President Klaus Iohannis will now choose a replacement government.

 

He will hold talks with all parliamentary parties, with new elections due in late 2020.

 

Ms Dancila's Social Democrats (PSD) have been in power since 2016.

 

However, Ms Dancila lost her parliamentary majority in August after a succession of setbacks.

 

Her centre-left party suffered huge losses at the European elections in May, coming second with less than 23% of the vote behind the National Liberal party.

 

In the same month Liviu Dragnea, the president of the PSD who was widely viewed as the most powerful figure in Romanian politics, was jailed for corruption after he was found guilty of having two party members paid by a state agency for fake jobs.

 

President Iohannis now has three options for a new government: a centre-right coalition led by the National Liberals a centre-left alliance under former PM Victor Ponta, or a caretaker cabinet.

 

Romania's budget deficit is soaring, and opposition leaders are reluctant to push through the necessarily restrictive 2020 budget in an election year. The presidential vote is only a month away.

 

Ludovic Orban, the leader of the opposition National Liberal party, said the result of the no-confidence vote had "stopped the Social Democrat Party from hurting Romania".

 

Ahead of Thursday's vote in Bucharest, Ms Dancila told members of her party to abstain in an attempt to avert a rebellion. She tried to encourage others to back her by pledging to provide €300m ($330m; £270m) to a number of local communities.

 

Ms Dancila, who is also a candidate in the presidential ballot due to be held on 10 November, became Romania's first female prime minister in January 2018.

 

Her appointment followed the sudden resignation of Mihai Tudose, who quit after his own party withdrew its backing.

 

In 2017, Romania's government scrapped a controversial decree that would have shielded many politicians from prosecution for corruption. The move followed weeks of street protests.

 

https://www.bbc.com/...europe-49998670

 

Hungarian opposition pulls an Istanbul on Orban in local elections.

 

Opposition makes big gains in Hungarian local elections

 
October 14, 2019 | Dominik Istrate
 

Hungary’s opposition parties have made important gains the country’s local elections, with joint opposition candidate Gergely Karácsony scoring a surprise victory in Budapest.

 

Mr Karácsony, a green-socialist challenger received 50.9 per cent of the vote in the Hungarian capital while Budapest’s incumbent pro-government mayor István Tarlós got 44.1 per cent despite all major Hungarian pollsters predicted him to score a slight victory. Independent candidate and opposition journalist Róbert Puzsér, whose decision to run was often predicted to block Mr Karácsony from winning, eventually got 4.5 per cent. Final turnout stood at 51.5 per cent.

 

Karácsony said his first task would be to make a wide-ranging agreement about cooperation with Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán, a deal Mr Tarlós also struck to ensure the capital’s financing.

 

[...]

 

The ruling Fidesz party also suffered a decisive blow in Budapest’s 23 districts out of which 14 were won by opposition candidates, including four out of the five Buda districts that are considered rather conservative.

 

The candidates of the alliance of the Hungarian Socialist Party, the left-liberal Democratic Coalition, the liberal Momentum party, the far-right-turned-conservative Jobbik party and the Hungarian Greens also won big in 10 Hungary’s largest cities, including Szeged, Eger and Miskolc.

 

While Fidesz remained by far the strongest party in the Hungarian countryside, winning the party list vote in all 19 Hungarian county governments, it lost critical political strongholds such as the cities of Szombathely or Hódmezővásárhely.

 

“We acknowledge this decision in Budapest, and stand ready to cooperate,” Mr Orbán told an audience of Fidesz supporters, stressing that Budapest would now be in huge debt if it not had been for the capital’s outgoing mayor.

 

The Hungarian PM continued to stress that despite losing Budapest, Fidesz is still the strongest party of the country.

 

https://emerging-eur...ocal-elections/

 

Portugal bucks the European trend.

 

October 7, 2019 / 1:34 PM / 7 days ago

 
Portugal president seeks swift talks on premier after Socialist win
 
 
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal’s president will consult the main political parties on Tuesday so as to have a prime minister-designate in place without delay to tackle issues such as Brexit following the Socialists’ victory in Sunday’s election, his office said.
 

Despite winning more seats than in the last election, the Socialists fell just short of a full parliamentary majority and their leader Antonio Costa, prime minister for the past four years, needs to negotiate a new deal with one or both of his far-left allies in the previous legislature.

 

President Marcelo Rebelo de Souza, the head of state, said in a statement on Monday that he wanted a new premier to be designated swiftly “given that on Oct. 17 there is an important European Council meeting, namely about Brexit”.

 

In his victory speech on Monday, Costa said voters liked the 2015 deal under which the Left Bloc and the Communists backed his Socialists to sideline the right, and he wanted it to continue. He said he also intended to negotiate with the animal rights and environmentalist People-Animals-Nature party.

 

Leaders of the two far-left parties both said they had no objections to Costa being nominated as premier and were ready to negotiate if he committed to improving the lives of workers and boosting public investment, especially in healthcare.

 

Analysts say the president is likely to demand assurances from the parties that they agree an arrangement that will last.

 

Costa’s minority government has received praise from Brussels and at home for combining fiscal discipline with measures to promote growth after recession and the austerity of Portugal’s 2010-14 debt crisis.

 

[...]

 

With most votes counted, the Socialists led by a wide margin with 106 seats, 20 more than in 2015. They can still win some of the four seats yet to be assigned, but not a full majority of 116 in the 230-seat assembly.

 

In the streets, people were cautiously upbeat that a stable government will be possible, but many urged caution.

 

“Let’s see what happens from now on,” said Marcelina Castela, 65, a post office worker in Lisbon. “It would be great to have a more cohesive and consistent alliance, but on the other hand maybe it will create more bickering between them.”

 

https://www.reuters....n-idUSKBN1WM174

 

Tunisia set for possible makeover.

 

Tunisia election: exit polls point to landslide win for 'Robocop' Kais Saied

 

Thousands take to streets after two polls give conservative academic more than 70% of the vote

 

Michael Safi in Amman and agencies


Mon 14 Oct 2019 07.52 BST

 

A low-profile, conservative law professor has beaten a charismatic media magnate released from prison last week in Tunisia’s presidential election runoff, according to exit polls.

 

In a contest that reflected Tunisia’s shifting post-revolution political landscape, Kais Saied scooped more than 70% of the vote, according to two exit polls, more than 40 points ahead of Nabil Karoui. The official results are expected later on Monday.

 

Saied thanked the country’s young people “for turning a new page” and vowed to try to build “a new Tunisia”. About 90% of 18- to 25-year-olds voted for Saied, according to estimates by the Sigma polling institute, compared with 49.2% of voters over 60.

 

[...]

 

Karoui told a news conference he had been denied a chance to compete fairly and would decide whether to appeal once the electoral commission had announced the official tally.

 

Analysts said the choice of the two candidates over better-known political faces, including many associated with the country’s revolution or with the old regime of the overthrown president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, reflected widespread discontent with the country’s ailing economy – a key factor that drove Tunisians on to the streets in 2011.

 

[...]

 

Some Tunisians nickname Saied, 61, “Robocop” for his stiff manner and dour presentation. They call Karoui, 56, a flamboyant tycoon who wears designer suits, “Michael Corleone”, a reference both to his suaveness and the corruption allegations that have dogged him for years.

 

The pair squared off in a rare television debate on Friday evening in which Saied – who is not a member of a political party and shunned mass rallies through his campaign – addressed the audience in classical Arabic while Karoui, speaking in the local dialect, propounded his campaign’s ambitious promises to help the poor.

 

Karoui has run the private television station Nessma since 2002, burnishing his charitable reputation in past years with a popular show in which he distributes appliances to needy families.

 

Saied, in contrast, was relative unknown in decades he spent teaching constitutional law at a university in Tunis until he retired in 2018 and launched his political campaign.

 

His relative lack of charisma may be playing to his advantage, according to analysts, who say his appeal rests on the idea that he is incorruptible and sternly civic-minded.

 

He argued for scrapping the country’s parliamentary system in favour of a decentralised democratic model and is socially conservative, declaring his support for the death penalty and against a law currently under discussion that would distribute inheritances equally between men and women. He has spoken disparagingly of homosexuality and says he would seek to limit the work of foreign NGOs in the country.

 

Karoui was arrested on corruption charges on the eve of campaigning earlier this year in timing that many saw as a ploy to stem his popularity but which appeared to have backfired, enshrining his status as an outsider. He remains under investigation and cannot travel abroad.

 

[...]

 

https://www.theguard...ocop-kais-saied


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 0413 AM

European Parliament rejects French Commission candidate. Macron personally offended.

 

What did he expect, from starting a power struggle?


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 0427 AM

How the hell does Macron expect to build a closer Europe, when he flounces around like that when he doesnt get his way?

 

I for one am glad to see the French are not calling all the shots for once. Get some more of the Eastern Europeans in these jobs.


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Posted 21 October 2019 - 0454 AM

Climate change turns Switzerland green.

Swiss election: Green parties 'make historic gains'

20 October 2019

Green parties have made strong gains in Switzerland's parliamentary election, according to initial projections.

The anti-immigration Swiss People's Party (SVP) is set to remain the largest party, despite losing at least 3% of its support.

But projections show a combined vote for the two green parties of around 20%.

Their gains reflect voters' concerns over climate change, seen as the dominant issue in this election.

Not all votes have been counted yet but the national broadcaster projected the Green Party's share surged 5.6 points to 12.7% of the vote, while the smaller, more centrist Green Liberal Party (GLP) garnered 7.6%.

The Green Party looked set to overtake one of the parties in the coalition government, the Christian Democrats (CVP), and could for the first time get a seat in the coalition that governs Switzerland.

"It is not a green wave, it is a tsunami, a hurricane," deputy party leader Celina Vara told Swiss radio.

The centre-left Socialists looked set to take second place with 16.5% of the votes, and the centre-right Liberals (FDP) were on track to come in third with 15.2%.

If the two Green parties are able to overcome policy differences and unite, they would represent a potent political force.

As is usual in Switzerland, no single party is expected to secure a majority.

For decades, the seven-seat Federal Council has been dominated by the same four main parties: the SVP, the Social Democrats, the FDP liberals and the CVP, says the BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva.

The SVP, which is set to remain the largest party in parliament, has campaigned for over a decade on two key messages: restrictions on immigration and asylum seekers, and limiting non-EU member Switzerland's ties with Brussels.

But these issues were scarcely mentioned in the election campaign, and climate change dominated as the single most important issue.

All year, climate strikes have been taking place in the country, culminating in a huge rally in Bern in September that drew 100,000 people.

The Swiss have only to look up to see the effects of climate change: the Alpine glaciers are melting, and rock and mud slides are threatening mountain communities, our correspondent says.

[...]


https://www.bbc.com/...europe-50116400

With Trump fucking over the Kurds, the EU cannot allow a fuckover gap.

North Macedonia calls snap election after EU talks setback

19 October 2019

North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has called snap elections following a decision by EU leaders to postpone opening membership talks with his country and neighbouring Albania.

French President Emanuel Macron blocked the bid at an EU summit in Brussels.

"We are the victims of the EU's historical mistake," said Mr Zaev.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker - and other European leaders - have used the same phrase to voice criticism of the summit outcome.

EU Council President Donald Tusk said: "It's not a failure, it's a mistake. I feel really embarrassed."

The Commission and the European Parliament had recommended starting talks with both countries.

What's North Macedonia doing next?

Mr Zaev had announced his intention to resign after EU foreign ministers failed to endorse the recommendation to start talks with North Macedonia and Albania and referred the matter to the leaders' summit.

"I am disappointed and angry and I know that the entire population feels this way," Mr Zaev said on Saturday, announcing the snap election.

[...]

Before starting membership talks, potential new members of the bloc must demonstrate a range of reforms in areas such as economic policy, human rights, anti-corruption measures and the rule of law.

The European Commission said in May that Albania and North Macedonia had both made sufficient progress. Both countries have official "candidate" status in their EU membership bids.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was "disappointment" over the summit decision but the matter would be revisited before a summit on the Western Balkans early next year.

Mrs Merkel championed North Macedonia's cause earlier this year when it agreed to change its name from Macedonia to settle a row with Greece.

The integration of Balkan countries into the EU is seen by many as a tool for stabilisation, in a region that was convulsed by conflict in the 1990s.



https://www.bbc.com/...europe-50109054

Term limits? We need no steenking term limits (even though we introduced them).

Bolivia: Evo Morales leads election, faces presidential runoff

8 hours ago

President Evo Morales is leading in early returns from the presidential election first round, but appears headed for a runoff. Morales, South America's longest-serving president, is seeking a controversial fourth term.

Bolivian President Evo Morales has taken the lead in Sunday's vote, but appears to be facing a second-round runoff.

The three-term president was in the lead with just over 45% of the vote, compared to around 38% for his main challenger, Carlos Mesa, according to preliminary results after 83% of ballots had been counted.

If no candidate receives 50% of the vote in the first round, or 40% of the vote with a 10-point lead over second place, the two leading candidates will face each other in a runoff on December 15.

Morales said he was certain outstanding votes from rural areas, where he tends to have stronger support, would deliver him another "historic" victory.

If the results hold, Morales would face his first runoff election and could be vulnerable to opposition forces uniting around Mesa.

South Korean-born evangelical pastor, Chi Hyun Chung, is in third place with 8.7% of the vote. Liberal Senator Oscar Ortiz is in fourth with 4.4%.

Mesa told supporters shortly after the first results were announced that his coalition had scored "an unquestionable triumph." He urged others parties to join him for a "definitive triumph" in the second round.

Election monitors issue warning

Late Sunday, the Organization of American States questioned the Supreme Electoral Commission after it stopped updating election results.

"The OAS Electoral Observation Mission continues to rigorously monitor the electoral process in Bolivia. It is fundamental that the Supreme Electoral Commission explain why the transmission of preliminary results was interrupted and that the process of publishing the data of the data is carried out smoothly," it wrote on Twitter.

[...]

Morales, a former coca farmer, leftist union leader and Bolivia's first indigenous leader, is Bolivia's longest-serving president. His decision to run for the office for a fourth time has sparked protests.

A limit of two consecutive presidential terms is stipulated in Bolivia's 2009 constitution, which was announced by Morales himself. In a 2016 referendum, voters rejected his attempt to scrap term limits. The country's top court seen by critics as being stacked with Morales loyalists then dismissed the result and ruled that Morales had the right to run again.

Some 7.3 million Bolivians were eligible to vote in Sunday's election. They also chose candidates for the country's 166-seat congress.



https://www.google.c...noff/a-50910145
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Posted 21 October 2019 - 2234 PM

Meanwhile in Canada, PM Zoolander won a minority government today. We will see how long it lasts. My guess is at least a year.
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Posted 22 October 2019 - 0057 AM

Maybe some of the Canadian members here can give their opinion on how accurate this is.  :)

 

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 0307 AM

I figured the Canadians would probably talk about the election on their own "Because" thread, but since it's here - what's the scuttlebutt on Trudeau allegedly burying a scandal about getting fellated by students at the school where he was a substitute teacher at 29, and which he supposedly left under poorly explained circumstances? I have no feeling for a possible bias of the sources like this one.

 

Meanwhile, people are not happy about the sudden turn in trend of results in Bolivia following the break in announcements mentioned earlier.

 

October 21, 2019 / 6:19 PM / Updated 4 hours ago

 
Bolivia's election sparks protest as rivals clash over results
 
 
LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivia’s electoral board released new data late on Monday that showed President Evo Morales had enough votes to win the hotly contested election, sparking allegations of fraud from the opposition and angry clashes in the streets.
 

The board had halted a preliminary vote count late on Sunday with results then showing the election going to a second round run-off. The abrupt pause had fueled concerns among election monitors and foreign governments over potential vote tampering.

 

After the 24-hour gap, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) updated its count to show Morales with a wider lead of 46.85% of votes to rival Carlos Mesa’s 36.73%, just enough to give him the 10-point lead needed to win in the first round.

 

As protesters scuffled with police in the streets of the capital, La Paz, outside the counting venue, runner-up Mesa slammed the results as “shameful” and said he would not recognize them.

 

“We trust citizens won’t accept this,” Mesa told journalists in the lowland city of Santa Cruz. “This government has created an impossible situation. It’s mocking the popular vote.”

 

Just a day earlier, Mesa had celebrated making it to a second round after an official count of nearly 84% of ballots showed Morales short of the votes needed to avoid a run-off. Other polls also showed a tight race leading to a second round.

 

Morales, however, who has won his previous three terms with solid majorities, insisted late on Sunday that he would get enough votes from rural areas for an outright win.

 

The uncertainty sparked protests in the landlocked South American country and fears among international election observers and diplomats about potential manipulation of the vote, with some worried it could trigger the kind of violent unrest that has recently roiled Chile and Ecuador.

 

[...]

 

https://www.reuters....s-idUSKBN1X01VJ

 

Also, Israel still stuck in place.

 

Israel PM Netanyahu fails to form government ahead of deadline

 
21 October 2019
 

Israel's long-standing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said he cannot form a government, handing the opportunity to his political rival.

 

Mr Netanyahu has been in power for the past decade, but he was unable to build a coalition with a majority after September's election ended in deadlock.

 

His rival Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party will now be invited to attempt to form a government.

 

Mr Netanyahu's attempts to bring Mr Gantz's party into government failed.

 

Announcing the decision to abandon his efforts, Mr Netanyahu stressed that he had tried repeatedly to form a majority coalition but had been rebuffed.

 

"I have made all efforts to bring Benny Gantz to the negotiating table, all efforts to form a broad national unity government, all efforts to prevent another election. Unfortunately, time after time, he simply refused," he said.

 

Israel's President, Reuven Rivlin, said he would give Mr Gantz 28 days to carry out the same negotiations.

 

Israeli Arab lawmakers pledged their backing, but Mr Gantz - who leads a centre-right alliance - remains more than a dozen seats short of the 61 seats he would need for a majority in the 120-seat parliament.

 

President Rivlin said he would try to avoid calling another election in a country that had already held two this year. If Mr Gantz also fails, parliament could put forward a third candidate in a final bid to avoid another poll.

 

September's poll saw Mr Netanyahu's Likud party win 32 seats and Mr Gantz's Blue and White party 33. The president initially selected Mr Netanyahu as the candidate with the best chance of successfully forming a coalition.

 

Reacting to Mr Netanyahu's message, Blue and White said: "The time for spin is over and it's now time for action."

 

Mr Rivlin has suggested the two main parties form a national unity government. That arrangement could see Mr Gantz as de facto prime minister, while Mr Netanyahu holds onto the position in name only.

 

Many in Israel believe a third election may be the only way to break the deadlock.

 

[...]

 

https://www.bbc.com/...e-east-50132760


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Posted 22 October 2019 - 0314 AM

I figured its an election result and this is an elections thread. That and the "Because" thread wasn't on the page or I might have used that.

The Trudeau sexual misconduct allegations were either not reported or so poorly reported few heard of them.

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 0320 AM

Maybe some of the Canadian members here can give their opinion on how accurate this is.  :)
 
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Close enough, though I don't think the Tories are that much like Burns. Skinner, perhaps, and the Liberals more like Mayor Quimby.
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Posted 22 October 2019 - 0332 AM

If the Toronto area hadn't voted Lib, the outcome would have been different. One can blame Ford for this.


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Posted 22 October 2019 - 0435 AM

If the Toronto area hadn't voted Lib, the outcome would have been different. One can blame Ford for this.

 

Maybe it'd be more honest to admit that the Canadian conservatives failed to convince a voters' majority that they were the better alternative. The vote for Ford can be seen as a vote against both Trudeau and the conservatives.


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Posted 22 October 2019 - 0445 AM

If the Toronto area hadn't voted Lib, the outcome would have been different. One can blame Ford for this.


The Greater Toronto Area normally votes mostly Liberal. The Conservatives needed another eighteen seats or so for a minority and fifty for a majority. Doing better in the GTA would have helped, but not enough by itself. They also got fewer seats in Quebec than they needed because of tgeir pipeline policies.
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Posted 22 October 2019 - 0456 AM

 
Maybe it'd be more honest to admit that the Canadian conservatives failed to convince a voters' majority that they were the better alternative. The vote for Ford can be seen as a vote against both Trudeau and the conservatives.


The Conservatives did get a plurality of the popular vote - by one point. I do not expect complaints that the Liberal win was illegitimate and that Trudeau should thus not be PM. OTOH, instead of impeachment and exaggerated claims of high crimes and misdemenors, he can lose a vote of non-confidence and most likely will well before his term ends. This is usual with a minority government of ant party.

The Ford vote was a reaction to the previous provincial government. Had the Ontario Tories picked the person who came in second, they would have done at least as well. Trudeau and Federal issues were barely mentioned if at all.
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Posted 27 October 2019 - 0336 AM

Don't cry for Cristina, because in truth she'll never leave you.

 

Argentines expected to vote Peronists back in to power


Polls say Alberto Fernández will replace Mauricio Macri as economic crisis bites
 

Benedict Mander in Buenos Aires

3 hours ago


Argentines head to the polls on Sunday in an election expected to return to power the populist Peronist party, which has governed Latin America’s third-largest economy for all but six of the past 30 years.

 

Polls predict a comfortable victory for Alberto Fernández, putting an end to the centre-right Mauricio Macri’s four-year presidency. Argentina has descended into another economic crisis and is on the brink of its ninth debt default.

 

Mr Fernández, a 60-year-old former cabinet chief from 2003 to 2008, and his running mate and former boss, the populist ex-president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who is no relation, won primaries in August by a surprising 16-point margin, with 48 per cent of the vote.

 

Since then, Mr Fernández has consolidated his position as the frontrunner. The popularity of the market-friendly Mr Macri has suffered from a more than 30 per cent devaluation of the peso after the primaries, as investors took fright at the prospect of a return of the populist economic policies of the past.

 

The winner needs at least 45 per cent of votes, or alternatively 40 per cent with a 10-point lead over the runner-up, to avoid a runoff vote in late November.

 

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On the other side of the River Plate, Uruguay also holds the first round of its presidential elections on Sunday, a race which is expected to go to a second round given much tighter competition.

While Argentina could see a return to power for the left, the opposite is expected to happen in Uruguay, where the ruling centre-left Broad Front coalition has been in power since 2005. Polls suggest that a victory for the opposition frontrunner, the market-friendly Luis Lacalle Pou, over the Broad Front’s Daniel Martínez is the most likely outcome.


Whoever wins in Argentina, Mr Macri is on course to make history by becoming the first non-Peronist leader to complete their presidential term in about a century. Since the return of democracy in 1983, Raúl Alfonsín quit power amid hyperinflation a few months before his term ended in 1989, while in 2001 Fernando de la Rúa’s presidency was cut short after just two years amid a financial collapse and the biggest sovereign debt default in history at the time.

 

https://www.ft.com/c...54-36acbbb0d9b6


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Posted 28 October 2019 - 0204 AM

Meanwhile, Hannover, Germany, faces a gloomy future of local business men and TankNet posters being offered the unimaginable honors (and none of the fame) of performing and counting votes in a bitterly contested mayoral a run-off election after last night left the social democrats' candidate a distant third to a Greens candidate, and a Volkswagen plant manager running for the Christian Democrats. In the first run, the two leaders separated less than 50 votes in total (though the Green candidate is considered to be the favorite).

The SPD ruled Hannover uninterrupted since the end of WW2. The new elections became necessary after the latest mayor Schostok was arraigned for "severely defrauding the city" by paying unlawful bonuses to city council appointees and therefore had to step back, much to his disappointment; what's completely unresolved is his predecessor's role in the matter, Lower Saxony's minister president (sorta-kinda governor equivalent) Stephan Weil (also on the Volkswagen board of directors). Rumor has it that Schostok wants to take him down in the fall as well, so it may remain interesting if he actually has some dirt of substance on him.

 

Strangely enough this corruption scandal played practically no role in a campaign which, of course, had its own set of fruit loop candidates, like that local Pirate advocating,yes, in 2019, solar roadways for bike lanes (sigh), the house boat advocate, two P.A.R.T.E.I. candidates combatting each other, some military dude running for the AfD extremists, a Gilmore girl, a performing arts manager, a "free bus rides for everybody!" Linkspartei student (including the promise to dispossess landlords having the temerity to pass on the costs of inflationary construction regulations to their tenants).

 

All in all, a rather soothing campaign from a place labeled as "Germany's averagest city". Now tune back to your scheduled program of mouth-frothing liberals scheming to eat your babies, nipping future CO2 footprints in the bud.


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Posted 28 October 2019 - 0323 AM

It could be worse, you could be in Argentina. :D

 

Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri Concedes Election to Peronist Rival Alberto Fernández


The vote has far-reaching consequences for international creditors and the future of a trade agreement with the European Union.
 
By Ryan Dube
Updated Oct. 27, 2019 10:46 pm ET
 

BUENOS AIRES—Argentina’s once-disgraced nationalist Peronist movement was voted back into power on Sunday as voters grappling with an economic crisis rejected President Mauricio Macri’s austerity policies, ending the country’s experiment with policies Wall Street had supported.

 

Alberto Fernández, a Peronist veteran, got 48% support in a vote that has far-reaching consequences for international creditors and the future of a South American trade agreement with the European Union.

 

“We are going to build an Argentina that we deserve,” Mr. Fernández said to cheers of “Alberto Presidente” at his campaign headquarters here. “The government has returned to the hands of the people.”

 

Mr. Macri conceded the race and congratulated his successor. The president, a close ally of the Trump administration and a favorite with investors, received a better-than-expected 40%, setting his center-right coalition up to be a strong opposition.

 

“We’re going to continue working for Argentines, being a healthy and constructive opposition,” Mr. Macri said. “This has just begun.”

 

Voters were upset with economic stagnation and high inflation, which have fueled poverty in Latin America’s third biggest economy, home to some 44 million people.

 

“I’ve never seen a government so disdained by the people,” said Juan Pérez, a 27-year-old truck driver who voted for Mr. Fernández. “People don’t have enough to eat. It’s an embarrassment.”

 

Mr. Macri’s defeat comes amid growing anger against ruling establishments across South America. Protests have erupted in Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia. In Peru, people widely backed the recent closure of Congress, which was controlled by lawmakers from the country’s main political parties.

 

For Mr. Fernández, the celebration here will be short lived. He faces a mountain of obstacles to turn around economic turmoil that analysts say has its roots in policies of past Peronist governments.

 

Mr. Fernández, 60, will inherit a cash-strapped government on the verge of defaulting on about $115 billion in foreign-currency bonds. Facing insolvency, he’ll need to quickly renegotiate the terms of a $57 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund and restructure debt with bondholders, economists say.

 

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https://www.wsj.com/...ort-11572223112


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Posted 28 October 2019 - 0400 AM

Meanwhile, Hannover, Germany, faces a gloomy future of local business men and TankNet posters being offered the unimaginable honors (and none of the fame) of performing and counting votes in a bitterly contested mayoral a run-off election after last night left the social democrats' candidate a distant third to a Greens candidate, and a Volkswagen plant manager running for the Christian Democrats. In the first run, the two leaders separated less than 50 votes in total (though the Green candidate is considered to be the favorite).
The SPD ruled Hannover uninterrupted since the end of WW2. The new elections became necessary after the latest mayor Schostok was arraigned for "severely defrauding the city" by paying unlawful bonuses to city council appointees and therefore had to step back, much to his disappointment; what's completely unresolved is his predecessor's role in the matter, Lower Saxony's minister president (sorta-kinda governor equivalent) Stephan Weil (also on the Volkswagen board of directors). Rumor has it that Schostok wants to take him down in the fall as well, so it may remain interesting if he actually has some dirt of substance on him.

 
VW manager? Not Bahlsen biscuits? :(
 

Strangely enough this corruption scandal played practically no role in a campaign which, of course, had its own set of fruit loop candidates, like that local Pirate advocating,yes, in 2019, solar roadways for bike lanes (sigh), the house boat advocate, two P.A.R.T.E.I. candidates combatting each other, some military dude running for the AfD extremists, a Gilmore girl, a performing arts manager, a "free bus rides for everybody!" Linkspartei student (including the promise to dispossess landlords having the temerity to pass on the costs of inflationary construction regulations to their tenants).
 
All in all, a rather soothing campaign from a place labeled as "Germany's averagest city". Now tune back to your scheduled program of mouth-frothing liberals scheming to eat your babies, nipping future CO2 footprints in the bud.

 
Hannover is actually quite interesting from a corruption standpoint. The entanglement with VW, then this horse trader insurance salesman etc etc. The media that sits in cologne and Berlin jsut ignores the great awesomeness that is the lower saxony bog of corruption!

 

And quite the colurful selection of candidates really. I must admit that I had intentionally not followed the proceedings in hannoverm, because it always was a SPD guy. Most of the time by the name of Schmalstieg.


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