The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. /// MADRID Spain’s centrist “Ciudadanos.” Spain’s ‘Citizens’ party is facing a deep crisis following a wave of resignations due to party’s shift to right, and in some cases, far-right positions, EURACTIV’s partner EFE has reported. The resignation of several members, including MEP Javier Nart, and the party’s refusal to support the inauguration of socialist PM Pedro Sánchez has caused headaches to its leader, Albert Rivera. At least four members have left the party so far as well as MEP Javier Nart and Economy spokesman, Toni Roldán. Last week, former French PM Manuel Valls also announced his resignation, saying the collaboration between Ciudadanos and the far-right Vox party was unacceptable. EURACTIV.com has learned that the Vox-Ciudadanos … [Read more...] about Spanish liberals in turmoil after far-right turn
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As the 2020 Democratic primary takes shape, progressives across the country are once again taking aim at gerrymandering, the process by which state legislatures draw congressional maps to benefit one party over the other. On Tuesday, for the second time in two years, the Supreme Court heard arguments about limiting the practice. The last time the high court considered gerrymandering, the justices declined to rule on the merits. And given the court's conservative lean, they could do so again in this most recent case, which involves House district maps drawn by state legislatures in Maryland and North Carolina. The hope among those challenging gerrymandering is that these district maps were drawn in such a partisan manner that they violate the Constitution. And while liberals have taken the lead in challenging gerrymandering in recent years, the Maryland map was drawn up by Democrats, who also had partisan aims.Former Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley in a 2017 deposition, admitted … [Read more...] about How gerrymandering became one of the biggest issues in politics
Neil Clark is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and blogger. He has written for many newspapers and magazines in the UK and other countries including The Guardian, Morning Star, Daily and Sunday Express, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, The Spectator, The Week, and The American Conservative. He is a regular pundit on RT and has also appeared on BBC TV and radio, Sky News, Press TV and the Voice of Russia. He is the co-founder of the Campaign For Public Ownership @PublicOwnership. His award winning blog can be found at www.neilclark66.blogspot.com. He tweets on politics and world affairs @NeilClark66 Eight years after the conflict in Syria began, gloomy ‘how did it all go wrong for the West’ articles are appearing. Actually, there was no defeat for ‘the West’. The alternative to the Assad government prevailing was far worse. ‘We lost the war in Syria. What next?’ is the title of an article recently published by the … [Read more...] about Did the West really ‘lose’ in Syria?
What happens when an entire government’s reputation is premised on a single figure and his personal brand? As long as the latter can be sustained, most political damage can be absorbed. But when a leader’s profile begins to lose its lustre, the consequences are severe. Whatever its precise ideological character, this is the fatal flaw of personality politics – as Canada’s pin-up prime minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government have now learned. At the start of 2019, as the country sleepily entered another general election year, Canadian politics gave the appearance of stasis. The 47-year-old Trudeau (the dauphin of Pierre Trudeau, the country’s third longest-serving prime minister) was less reliably viral than in earlier years but appeared set for re-election. The opposition Conservatives had been distracted by a breakaway party (The People’s Party of Canada), led by the Quebec MP Maxime Bernier, while Jagmeet Singh, the leader of the … [Read more...] about How Justin Trudeau’s liberal halo slipped
Press play to listen to this article By ANNABELLE DICKSON Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser TERROR IN NZ: Terrible news overnight from New Zealand. An unconfirmed number of gunmen opened fire at mosques in Christchurch, with 40 people confirmed killed. “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. “Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.” The latest from the New Zealand Herald here. Good Friday morning. This is Annabelle Dickson. I have no idea when Brexit Day is any more. DRIVING THE DAY LAST-DITCH DUP EFFORT: Theresa May has less than a week to win the backing of 10 Democratic Unionist Party MPs, and unlock (she hopes) the votes of many hardline Brexiteers in her party as she seeks to limit a request for a Brexit delay at next week’s European Council meeting. A senior government official was in no doubt … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: All eyes on the DUP — Last night in the Commons — Tory AGM season