There are only a few days left before the elections of the President of the European Parliament. In the corridors of Brussels therumours about who may be the successor of Schulz are increasing. It seems that the final rush will leave three candidates on stage: Antonio Tajani of the European People Party (EPP) , Gianni Pittella of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and Guy Verhofstadt of the Democrats and Liberals (ALDE). In general, the political groups presented eight candidates for the EP Presidency.
"The US voted for a xenophobe and a liar", "The US voted for the wall and for Donald Trump's lies" read Mexican headlines the morning after Mexico's worse scenario materialized. And these were not the front pages of some leftist-socialist newspapers, but those of the main mainstream business dailies.
We were all wrong: journalists, analysts, pollsters and financial operators. The majority of us were completely wrong in our assessment of what was happening at the heart of the United States. Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections is not only a defeat for the democrats but a rejection of the established way of doing politics that hitherto was relatively staid and restrained. It is also a defeat for those whose job it is to report and comment on the facts, making them accessible to the widest possible audience. It is a defeat for the markets, which had more or less taken a Hillary Clinton victory for granted. Those who had thought along similar lines had a rude awakening when they opened their eyes to the world on November 9.
Next Sunday, after nearly fifty years, Somalia goes back to the polls for the democratic election of a new parliament and a new president. The historic event marks a turning point in the long and difficult transition of the African country, which since 2012 has been administered by a provisional government.
While it is true that this second vote in six months did not offer an obvious majority, after a first on-the-spot reading, Spain's 26 June vote did change the political landscape in Spain and indirectly in Europe. Brexit's long wave of contributed undoubtedly to the result, but so did Unidos Podemos' (UP) at times inconsistent statements and the Popular Party's (PP) polarization and fear campaign.
After six months without a government, Spaniards will be going back to the polls three days after Brexit. Another parliamentary monarchy like the UK, politically however, a number of peculiarities characterize Spain as compared with the rest of Europe.
The candidates for the upcoming presidential election in Peru are 19. Well, actually they are just 17. With only four weeks to go before Election Day on 10 April 2016, the Electoral Council disqualified the outsider contender, Julio Guzmán, because of irregularities in his party's registration. And it barred another hopeful, César Acuña, for handling out money while campaigning.