Ruling party elects Kishida as leader in win for Japan establishment

New LDP leader Kishida likely to be voted PM on Monday General election expected Nov. 7 or Nov. 14 Kishida is party consensus builder, but lacks popularity Has called for stimulus of more than 30 trillion yen Seen maintaining Japan’s security, foreign policy posture Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) anointed former foreign minister FumioContinue reading “Ruling party elects Kishida as leader in win for Japan establishment”

Italian Senate endorses lowering voting age from 25 to 18

The Italian Senate has approved lowering the voting age in senate elections from 25 to 18, paving the way for four million young people to take part. Italians aged 18 or above can already cast ballots in national elections for the lower house of Italy’s parliament, the Chamber of Deputies. If enough lawmakers in eachContinue reading “Italian Senate endorses lowering voting age from 25 to 18”

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he won’t hand over presidency if there is vote fraud

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he would hand over power to whoever wins next year’s presidential election cleanly – but not if there is any fraud. His comments will do little to dispel the concerns of his critics, who fear that the far-right former army captain will not accept any election loss inContinue reading “Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he won’t hand over presidency if there is vote fraud”

Finnish far right hopes to use local elections as national springboard

Finns Party is on course for huge gains in local elections. The far-right Finns Party is on course to more than double its share of the vote at local elections in Finland on Sunday in a show of strength that could spell trouble for Brussels. Over recent weeks, Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho has revvedContinue reading “Finnish far right hopes to use local elections as national springboard”

Peru’s Castillo builds election lead but Fujimori says won’t concede yet

Peruvian socialist Pedro Castillo widened his lead against right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori in the country’s presidential vote on Monday, but she said she will not concede yet and alleged “irregularities,” although without showing much proof. The official count from Sunday’s election showed outsider candidate Castillo with 50.3% and Fujimori on 49.7%, with around 95% of the voteContinue reading “Peru’s Castillo builds election lead but Fujimori says won’t concede yet”

Post-World War I Recovery: Crash Course European History #36

In which John Green looks at Europe’s attempts to recover from the devastation of World War I and forge a lasting peace. The peace did not last. Today we’re talking about the economic cultural recovery of the 1920s, and the economic depression of the 1930s, and the fragile state of Europe after the Great War.Continue reading “Post-World War I Recovery: Crash Course European History #36”

French generals cause backlash with ‘civil war’ warning

The French government has threatened to punish active soldiers who signed an open letter by 25 retired generals warning President Emmanuel Macron the country is headed for “civil war”. A number of serving defence force members are believed to have signed the letter published last week in the right-wing Valeurs Actuelles magazine, which warned thatContinue reading “French generals cause backlash with ‘civil war’ warning”

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