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In Ukraine, Poroshenko's Bloc Rebrands Itself Ahead Of Parliamentary Elections

May 25, 2019           |                                       

The political party of former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has changed its name in a bid to rebrand itself ahead of key parliamentary elections. The Petro Poroshenko Bloc was renamed to European Solidarity at a party congress on May 24. “The key to unity and victory is a renewed party and renewed leadership,” Poroshenko told […]

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GOP Congressman Who Calls for Impeachment Stands Alone

May 21, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON—He was known in the Michigan statehouse as “Mr. No” for voting against some Republican legislation. But now in Congress, on the question of whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, Rep. Justin Amash is the lone Republican saying “Yes.” In tweeted remarks over the weekend, Amash wrote that he’s read special counsel Robert Mueller’s […]

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Encouraging as this should be to Ramaphosa, what happened in Zuma’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) should give him pause for thought. In KZN, the ANC’s support dropped a full 10% from 64% to 54%, suggesting considerable disgruntlement among the party’s rank-and-file there at how the province’s first national president, who’s ability to play the […]

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Ever since Tulsi Gabbard was first elected to Congress in 2012, she has been assertively independent, heterodox, unpredictable, and polarizing. Viewed at first as a loyal Democrat and guaranteed future star by party leaders — due to her status as an Iraq War veteran, a telegenic and dynamic young woman, and the first Hindu and Samoan-American ever elected […]

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On April 9, Devlet Bahçeli – leader of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) –declared that he did not recognize Ankara’s newly elected mayor Mansur Yavaş, the candidate supported by the National Alliance (NA) between the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and İYİ Parti (İP) as his mayor. This, Bahçeli asserted, is because “even though Yavaş received […]

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Serbian Protesters March For 21st Time

April 28, 2019           |                                       

Thousands of antigovernment protesters marched in the streets of Belgrade for a 21st straight Saturday on April 27. The marches have been held every Saturday since December 8. Initially held in condemnation of an assault on Serbian Left opposition party leader Borko Stefanovic, the protests later added demands such as the resignation of Serbian President […]

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Kazakh Ruling Party Nominates Toqaev For President

April 22, 2019           |                                       

Kazakhstan’s ruling Nur Otan party has nominated interim President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev for the presidency. The announcement was made at a party congress on April 23 where it had been expected to nominate its candidate for a snap presidential election in less than two months. “I propose for consideration Tokayev’s candidacy,” said Nursultan Nazarbayev, who chairs […]

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This article is part of a series by openDemocracy and the Bretton Woods Project on the crisis of multilateralism. The views expressed are those of the author’s only, and are not necessarily representative of either organisation. A coup is underway at the World Bank, and no one is watching. On Friday, 5 April, the executive […]

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VOX is the most impactful radical right political party in Spain for decades. It has been energetically rejecting the label of ‘far’, ‘extreme’ or ‘radical right’ since its birth in late 2013. Key representatives of VOX sidestep the topic in an implicit or explicit way (through the use of rhetoric or discursive strategies such as […]

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Weld Says He Is Seeking GOP Nomination for President in 2020

April 15, 2019           |                                       

BOSTON—Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld says he is seeking the Republican nomination against President Donald Trump in 2020. Weld said Monday in announcing his candidacy that “it is time to return to the principles of Lincoln — equality, dignity and opportunity for all.” He said, in his words, “There is no greater cause on earth […]

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., both took aim this week at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an escalation of recent attacks by ensconced elements of the party against newer members of Congress. Ocasio-Cortez, who is often charged by Democrats in Congress with dividing the party, has not […]

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What Barbara Lee did on the House floor three days after 9/11—speaking prophetic words and casting the only vote against a green light for endless war—remains the bravest wise action in Congress during this century. The contrast was jolting last week when her vote enabled the House Budget Committee to approve a bill with a […]

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Why Is Barbara Lee Helping Fund Our Forever Wars?

April 8, 2019           |                                       

What Barbara Lee did on the House floor three days after 9/11 — speaking prophetic words and casting the only vote against a green light for endless war — remains the bravest wise action in Congress during this century. The contrast was jolting last week when her vote enabled the House Budget Committee to approve […]

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