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AUSTRIA POLITICS: Sebastian Kurz on Track to Become Austria’s Next Leader

AUSTRIA POLITICS: Sebastian Kurz on Track to Become Austria’s Next Leader

FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache, who has accused Kurz of stealing his party’s ideas, declined to be drawn on his preferred partner.

“Anything is possible,” he told ORF. “We are pleased with this great success and one thing is clear: nearly 60 percent of the Austrian population voted for the FPO program.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel’s Rivals Narrow Gap Slightly Ahead of TV Debate

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel’s Rivals Narrow Gap Slightly Ahead of TV Debate

Schulz has said he is going into Sunday’s television debate convinced he will win the elections. “A successful duel can create momentum,” he said in an interview conducted after media reports suggested his predecessor as leader had given up hope of an SPD victory.

Merkel told the Rheinische Post newspaper she expected the debate to spark great public interest. “I’ll be happy if as many people as possible take the time to watch,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

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AUSTRIA POLITICS: Coalition Shatters, Snap Election Takes Center Stage

AUSTRIA POLITICS: Coalition Shatters, Snap Election Takes Center Stage

“A working relationship with the Freedom Party would be a novelty for the SPO and we will therefore now discuss that internally in a sensitive way,” Kern said, alluding to a deep split within the party on the issue.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel’s Conservatives Win Saarland Election

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel’s Conservatives Win Saarland Election

“This is a long-distance run, not a sprint,” Social Democrats (SPD) new national leader, Martin Schulz said with an eye on September’s national election.

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GERMANY POLITICS: SPD Endorses Martin Schulz As Leader

GERMANY POLITICS: SPD Endorses Martin Schulz As Leader

“The SPD is back! We’re back!” Martin Schulz told around 600 delegates at a party meeting in Berlin shortly before he was chosen as SPD leader.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Poll Gap Between CDU, SPD Shrinks

GERMANY POLITICS: Poll Gap Between CDU, SPD Shrinks

Support for Merkel’s CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the CSU, fell 4 points to 33 percent – cutting the gap between the two blocs to its narrowest in records compiled by poll tracker wahlrecht.de going back to Sept 2013.

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GERMANY POLITICS: No ‘Europe A La Carte’ Deal For Britain: SPD Says

GERMANY POLITICS: No ‘Europe A La Carte’ Deal For Britain: SPD Says

The SPD said the rules of the single market, which include fair competition, are guaranteed by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

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MACEDONIA POLITICS: Ivanov Asks Gruevski to Form New Government

MACEDONIA POLITICS: Ivanov Asks Gruevski to Form New Government

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov said he would ask Nikola Gruevski, the veteran leader of the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, to form a new government.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Left Parties Set Conditions For Tie-Up to Threaten Merkel

GERMANY POLITICS: Left Parties Set Conditions For Tie-Up to Threaten Merkel

Signalling a readiness for change, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (SPD), told Der Spiegel magazine: “We don’t want a new edition of the grand coalition.”

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CROATIA: After Conservative Shock, Coalition Wrangling Begins

CROATIA: After Conservative Shock, Coalition Wrangling Begins

Most opinion polls had suggested the Social Democrats would win around 60 seats, and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) would be behind. This was actually the reverse in the election.

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GERMANY: Embarrassment For Merkel As AfD Defeats CDU In State Election

GERMANY: Embarrassment For Merkel As AfD Defeats CDU In State Election

The AfD won 21 percent of the vote, CDU won 19 percent, down from 23 percent in 2011, and its worst result ever in the state, the broadcaster said.

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