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Far-right groups from France and Hungary to lead a new political force in the European Parliament

Jul. 08, 2024 13:44 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Far-right parties from 12 countries, including France’s National Rally and Hungary’s ruling Fidesz, announced on Monday that they have joined together to form a new bloc in the European Parliament and plan to become a major political force. The European...

French vote gives leftists most seats over far right, but leaves hung parliament and deadlock

Jul. 07, 2024 23:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A coalition of the French left won the most seats in high-stakes legislative elections Sunday, beating back a far-right surge but failing to win a majority. The outcome left France, a pillar of the European Union and Olympic host country, facing the stunning prospect of a hung...

European neighbors cast a wary eye on France after far-right party's election lead

Jul. 01, 2024 11:40 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — After France’s far-right National Rally surged into the lead in the first round of legislative elections, some European neighbors on Monday cast a wary eye on the latest country to veer to the right on the continent. The French result comes after the European...

The Latest | France's first-round voting ends. Bardella calls for rejection of 'dangerous far left'

Jun. 30, 2024 16:43 PM EDT

France held the first round of an early parliamentary election on Sunday that could bring the country's first far-right government since Nazi occupation during World War II. The second round will come on July 7. The outcome of the vote is highly uncertain. Turnout is unusually high....

German far-right party reelects its leaders after election gains while opponents protest

Jun. 29, 2024 12:31 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany reelected its leadership duo Saturday after the party made gains in the recent European election, while thousands of people protested against its convention and some demonstrators tried to block roads or clashed with police. ...

Ethnic Greek imprisoned in Albania hopes his election to European Parliament will boost rule of law

Jun. 27, 2024 14:30 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An Albanian prison cell wouldn't rank high among choice spots to run a successful campaign for election to the European Parliament. Fredis Beleris, a member of Albania's ethnic Greek minority, had no choice. Last year, he was elected mayor of a town in...

Albanian appeals court upholds prison term for Greek minority mayor, raising tensions with Athens

Jun. 25, 2024 09:22 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian appeals court on Tuesday upheld a two-year prison sentence for an elected mayor of the country’s Greek minority, in a move expected to further exacerbate tension with neighboring Greece. The appeals court declined to change the verdict of the...

Absentee voters in France scramble to make their voices heard in high-stakes legislative election

Jun. 18, 2024 12:07 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Voters who don't expect to be able to cast ballots themselves are scrambling to make their voices heard in France's high-stakes legislative election by signing up in their hundreds of thousands to hand their voting rights to loved ones and friends. The Interior...

EU leaders break off talks on top job nominees without result

Jun. 17, 2024 18:50 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders of European Union countries reached no final agreement on candidates for the bloc's top jobs Monday, but several praised the record of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and she appeared on track to secure their endorsement later this month for a second...

2 political outliers claim seats in European Parliament by leveraging social media's viral power

Jun. 17, 2024 05:19 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — One is a wildly popular, seemingly happy-go-lucky YouTuber from Cyprus. The other is a brash, fringe figure of Spain's far right who rails against unauthorized immigrants. They both are new members of the European Parliament thanks to their savvy use of video-based social...