Sunday, February 20. 2005
The main opposition Socialist Party appeared poised to win a general election Sunday as polls indicated voters were minded to punish the outgoing conservative government for failing to pull Portugal out of an economic decline. ... (more)
Polling stations opened across Portugal on Sunday for an early general election in which the Socialists are expected to sweep Prime Minister Pedro Santana Lopes' centre-right Social Democrats from office. ... (more)
The European Union constitution faced its first test at the grass-roots level Sunday as Spaniards started voting on it in a referendum, with the prospect of low turnout threatening to get the landmark document off to a sluggish start. ... Read reports from BBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNN, Aljazeera
Saturday, February 19. 2005
Portuguese vote in parliamentary elections Sunday that pit the country's embattled Social Democratic Party against the opposition Socialists. While the Socialists are widely expected to win, many Portuguese say they see little difference in the two parties. ... (more)
Friday, February 18. 2005
Germany's parliament started the process of ratifying the new European Union constitution, which will give the 25-nation bloc a permanent president and foreign- policy chief for the first time. ... (more)
The French parliament will hold a joint session on Feb. 28 for an amendment to the country's 1958 constitution to pave the way for a referendum on the EU constitution, said the office of President Jacques Chirac on Friday. ... (more)
Bulgaria's parliament adopted constitutional amendments on Friday to enable the Balkan state to sign a European Union accession treaty in April and join the EU in 2007. ... (more)
The European Union embarks on a long and dangerous game of political dice on Sunday with the first of a series of national referenda on a planned EU constitution. ... (more)
The higher commission for elections in Iraq said that the list of the United Iraq Coalition list supported by the Shiite clergy Ayatullah Ali al-Seistani got a smaller majority from the seats of the new parliamentary after ratification of final results of the legislative elections carried out by the end of January. ... (more)
Thursday, February 17. 2005
The Iraqi Election Commission has certified the victory of the United Iraqi Alliance, a clergy-backed Shi'ite coalition, in the country's 30 January elections. ... Reports from RFE/RL, VoA News, Eurela.org
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Hopes of a Belgian referendum on the new EU constitution have been quashed by the constitutional committee of the parliament. The committee rejected a request by the Liberals in the south and north of the country to hold a popular vote on the new text. ... (more)
Early parliamentary elections, a step demanded by the senior opposition to the government, are unlikely, but a political crisis provoked by a scandal over Prime Minister Stanislav Gross' finances cannot be ruled out, some analysts say. ... (more)
Iraq's electoral commission is expected to certify results from the country's Jan. 30 elections and allocate seats Thursday for the new 275-member National Assembly, officials said.
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Wednesday, February 16. 2005