Latest Parliamentary elections News

German Greens launch chancellor bid as Merkel bloc squabbles

Apr. 19, 2021 02:40 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's environmentalist Greens were set to announce Monday who will make the party's first run for the chancellery in September's national election, while a power struggle in Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right bloc entered its second week. The...

Pressure mounts for Merkel's bloc to end its power struggle

Apr. 17, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Pressure mounted Saturday on the two contenders hoping to lead German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right bloc into September's national election to end their power struggle and agree which of them will run to succeed her. Armin Laschet, the leader of...

Polls support Bavarian governor to run for German chancellor

Apr. 16, 2021 03:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — New polls Friday bolstered Bavarian Governor Markus Soeder's bid to be the candidate of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right bloc in fall elections, showing a wide margin of popular support for him over Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia. ...

Bulgaria: President to consult parties on forming new govt

Apr. 15, 2021 07:14 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s new parliament convened Thursday for its first session since the country's April 4 general election. Lawmakers from six political forces were sworn into the 240-seat national legislature. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov's GERB party won...

Bulgaria’s Borissov says he will not stand as candidate PM

Apr. 14, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said Wednesday he will not seek to lead the next government after his center-right GERB party won the most votes in last week’s parliamentary elections but fell short of a majority. Borissov, 61, who has...

Merkel stays out of battle over who runs for German leader

Apr. 13, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she will stay out of a battle in her center-right bloc over who should be its candidate to succeed her, while the two rival contenders prepared to take their case to lawmakers. Armin Laschet, leader of Merkel's...

Czech foreign minister fired in government reshuffle

Apr. 12, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Republic’s foreign minister was fired Monday in a government reshuffle less than six months before the parliamentary election. The move came after Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek failed to beat Interior Minister Jan Hamacek, who was reelected as...

2 German state governors want to be center-right candidate

Apr. 11, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two German state governors on Sunday declared their willingness to become the center-right candidate for the country's Sept. 26 national election. German Chancellor Angela Merkel isn’t seeking a fifth term after 16 years in power. Her center-right Union...

Albania’s flights resume after 2-day airport closure

Apr. 09, 2021 06:18 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Commercial flights resumed at Albania’s Tirana International Airport on Friday after they were blocked for two days by an air traffic controllers' strike. The first commercial flight with passengers left the airport for Italy on Friday at 9:05...

Germany's Greens to pick candidate for chancellor April 19

Apr. 07, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's environmentalist Greens will decide later this month which of their two co-leaders will make the party's first run for the chancellery in a national election in September, a senior party official said Wednesday. Annalena Baerbock and Robert...