Merkel’s sister party CSU suffers worst election result since 1950 in Bavaria

Germany’s political landscape is crumbling as Merkel’s sister party, the CSU, has only received 37.3% of the votes in Bavaria, preliminary results show. Meanwhile, the right-wing AfD has entered parliament for the first time. Voters in Bavaria headed to the polls to decide on the composition of the 180-member parliament

‘End of love story’: Poll says for 2/3 of EU citizens life wouldn’t be worse without the bloc

Nearly two-thirds of EU citizens think that life wouldn’t be worse without the bloc, a recent survey revealed. It probably highlights the end of a love story between Brussels and those living in the union, an analyst . The report which says there is a significant divide between the leadership

Absolute majority at stake for Merkel’s sister party in Bavaria…a further blow to German Chancellor?

On Sunday, Bavarians choose their next government. As polls paint a grim picture for Merkel’s sister party (CSU), anti-establishment AfD and the Greens are said to break its absolute majority…dealing a further blow to Chancellor. Germany’s largest and second most populated federal state may soon have its political landscape changed,

‘Pressure will be on Turkey’ if Saudis found guilty of journalist’s murder in Istanbul – analysts

If the Saudis are found to be complicit in the disappearance of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the result could be a “huge earthquake in international relations,” experts believe. The Turkish government reportedly has recordings that confirm the alleged kidnapping and murder of outspoken Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi

Turkish court frees US pastor Brunson after 2yrs in jail

A Turkish court will release imprisoned US pastor Andrew Brunson, who was jailed for alleged terror links following 2016’s failed coup attempt. Brunson’s arrest has soured US-Turkish relations, with Trump pushing for his release. Charged with terrorism offences, the court handed down a sentence of 3 years and 1-1/2 month

Facebook purges hundreds of political pages, some alt-media with millions of followers

Facebook is again being called out for purging political accounts too far left and right of center, after it removed more than 800 pages just in time for the 2018 midterm elections. Some had millions of followers. Many of the affected pages were supposedly sharing links between groups using fake

Wasn’t she supposed to serve US? Twitter unamused as IDF ‘salutes’ Haley for her support for Israel

A tweet from the IDF thanking Nikki Haley for her “unwavering support” for Israel has sparked an avalanche of snarky comments, with many pointing out that Haley was supposed to be the US, not Israeli, envoy to the UN. In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Haley resigned her post as

‘Fighting EU to save Europe:’ Salvini, Le Pen vow to start ‘revolution of common sense’

Italy’s Matteo Salvini and France’s Marine Le Pen have pledged to fight the “totalitarian” EU and bring Europeans “their future back” as they launched their campaign ahead of the European Parliament elections. “The enemies of Europe are those, who are entrenched in the Brussels bunker,” Salvini, the Italian Interior Minister and

Turkish authorities to search Saudi consulate after dissident journalist vanishes

Turkish authorities have been given access to search Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation into a missing dissident journalist. Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the building last week. Khashoggi, a progressive journalist who left Saudi Arabia last year, is feared dead by

Vomit and used condoms in MPs offices: Parliament’s cleaners complain about partying politicians

Cleaners at the Houses of Parliament complain that they have to clear up used condoms and vomit left by unruly MPs and their aides. MPs are reportedly to face strict new rules about their behavior. Commons authorities are considering the introduction of a ‘service agreement’ that would cover the appropriate