Two no-confidence votes failed to oust the cabinet of President Emmanuel Macron over his raising the retirement age to 64 from 62.
Tag Archives: Legislatures and Parliaments
Israel’s Leaders Advance Key Part of Judicial Overhaul but Delay Rest
The government vowed to press on with a plan to take more control over appointing judges. But other changes were postponed in a move that was presented as a concession.
Protests Resume in France After Macron Pushes Through Pension Bill
After President Emmanuel Macron pushed his unpopular pension bill through Parliament without a vote, demonstrations about the changes broke out again.
Singing and Banging, French Lawmakers Vow to Stop Pension Change
Parties from the left and right erupted in anger after learning of the government’s plans to adopt the measure without a vote.
Macron Pushes Through Law in France Raising Retirement Age
Lacking parliamentary support, the French president used a special measure to circumvent a vote, a step likely to further enrage opponents.
France’s Battle Over Retirement
After months of street protests across the country, the moment has arrived for a pivotal vote on raising the pension age.
French Protesters Rally in Last Angry Push Before Pension Bill Vote
Many believe the legislation to raise the retirement age to 64 from 62 will pass Parliament, and they are looking beyond the vote to fight on.
A YouTuber in Japan Turned His Parliament Post Into a Side Hustle
The upper house of Japan’s Parliament almost unanimously voted to expel an eccentric YouTuber who won a seat last year. The reason: He never showed up for work.
Qatargate Is a Warning to Europe
The bloc’s vulnerability to corruption has been dramatically exposed.
In World Cup Run-Up, Qatar Pressed U.N. Agency Not to Investigate Abuses
Lobbying at the International Labor Organization dovetailed with an influence campaign that sparked a corruption scandal at the European Parliament.
As Judicial Plans Rock Israel, Secret Talks Seek Compromise
Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to restrict judicial independence have divided Israel. But a small group of academics has met privately with lawmakers in a search for middle ground.
Finland on Cusp of Joining NATO, but Maybe Not With Sweden
The Nordic partners wanted to join together, but with Turkey holding up Sweden’s application, Helsinki will reluctantly enter alone to ensure its security.
Tea and a Photo-Op Put King Charles in Crosshairs
King Charles’s meeting with an E.U. leader on the day a Northern Ireland trade deal was announced drew angry recriminations from critics who viewed it as an improper foray into British politics.
Manish Sisodia, Indian Opposition Leader, Is Arrested on Corruption Charges
The detention follows a bitter fight between India’s B.J.P. governing party and a regional competitor with national ambitions.
South Korea Inches Toward Same-Sex Equality, but Broader Bill Is Stalled
Christian conservatives in the country have campaigned tirelessly for decades to prevent legislation that would offer protections to L.G.B.T.Q. people.
Will U.K. Rejection of Scottish Gender Bill Bolster Independence Movement?
The decision left Scottish politicians angered by what they saw as London’s thwarting the will of their Parliament, possibly handing independence backers a potent weapon.
A Tale of Two Jewish Leaders
Zelensky is waging a campaign to kick the crooks out of government. Netanyahu is waging a campaign to keep the crooks in.
Which Leaders Resign, Like Jacinda Ardern? Often, the System Decides.
In parliamentary systems like New Zealand’s, it is the norm for leaders to step down when doing so may serve their party’s electoral prospects. In other political systems, leaving office early is rare.
States Push for New Voting Laws With an Eye Toward 2024
Republicans are focused on voter ID rules and making it harder to cast mail ballots, while Democrats are seeking to expand access through automatic voter registration.
U.K. Government Blocks Scottish Law Making Gender Change Easier
For the first time, the government in London is blocking legislation approved by the Scottish Parliament, saying the measure on gender identity would undermine U.K.-wide equality law.
Israel’s New Hard-Line Government Raises Hackles Ahead of Inauguration
The country’s president warned the far-right incoming minister of national security that he was raising alarms at home and abroad over racism, discrimination and undermining democracy.
South Africa’s President Is Unlikely to Face Impeachment
Executives of the governing party, the African National Congress, said on Monday they would instruct their legislators to reject a report suggesting Cyril Ramaphosa might have broken the law.
Ramaphosa Vows to Fight Impeachment Report and Seek Re-election
The South African president had considered resigning after Parliament released a report last week accusing him of violating his oath of office by obscuring details about a 2020 robbery at his game farm.
Under Pressure, South Africa’s President Snubs Party’s Leadership
In the face of possible impeachment, Cyril Ramaphosa has not been seen since the release of a damning report. But his allies are urging him to fight back and remain in office.
How a German State Helped Russia Complete Nord Stream 2
The threat of U.S. sanctions jeopardized completion of a second direct gas pipeline from Russia. So Gazprom and German officials concocted a phony climate foundation to get the job done.
Ramaphosa’s Future as South Africa’s Leader in Doubt After Damning Report
An independent panel reported to Parliament that the South African president might have broken the law in a scandal over a large amount of cash hidden at his game farm that was then stolen.
In France, an Outburst Is a Setback for the Far Right
For the first time, the National Rally is the main opposition party in Parliament. But can it use its new perch to convince voters it has changed?
After Near Wipeout in Election, Israeli Left Wonders: What Now?
Support for Israel’s left collapsed against Benjamin Netanyahu and his far-right alliance in last week’s election. To regain relevance, the left’s leaders say they need to change — but disagree on how.
Rishi Sunak’s First Crisis: Turmoil Engulfing His Home Secretary
Suella Braverman has come under political fire for breaching security rules and for her handling of immigration issues.
Not-So-Great Britain’s Conservative Crackup
Was Liz Truss a cat’s paw for a Boris Johnson comeback?
How Tumultuous Forces of Brexit Divided U.K.’s Conservative Party
Some experts link Liz Truss’s downfall to the ripple effect of Britain’s departure from the European Union and the bitter, ideologically opposed factions it created in her party.
Who Will the Next U.K. Prime Minister Be and How Will They Be Chosen?
The process, which does not include the general public, will be swift, with plans to have a result by next week.
Hasta la Vista? This Time, Boris Johnson May Say, ‘I’m Back’
A comeback by Mr. Johnson is viewed as a very real possibility, delighting some Conservative Party lawmakers and repelling others.
Liz Truss, Jeered in UK Parliament, Insists She Can Govern
Prime Minister Liz Truss of Britain, who has seen her entire economic agenda repudiated, told lawmakers that she was not a quitter.
Strikes Spread in France, Piling Pressure on Macron
Students and transit workers joined a walkout started at oil refineries. It’s a growing problem for President Emmanuel Macron, whose government was already embattled in Parliament.
Trial Opens for Bruce Lehrmann, Man Accused of Rape in Australia’s Parliament House
The trial of the Australian man accused of sexually assaulting Brittany Higgins will be viewed against the backdrop of the global #MeToo movement.
Italy May Get a Leader With Post-Fascist Roots
With the hard-right candidate Giorgia Meloni ahead before Sunday’s election, Italy could get its first leader whose party traces its roots to the wreckage of Fascism.
A Day Steeped in Ancient Tradition for a New King
King Charles III addressed Parliament in London, then flew to Scotland for a service of thanksgiving for his mother.
Economic Neglect and Political Instability Unraveled Tunisia’s Democracy
Tensions across the religious-secular fault lines in the country could not be reconciled, and freely elected leaders failed to deliver on the 2011 uprising’s cry for bread, freedom and dignity.
Iraq Power Struggle Intensifies as Protesters Block Parliament
Followers of the Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr set up a tent city to blockade Parliament, paralyzing any progress toward forming a new government.
The Secret Powers of an Australian Prime Minister, Now Revealed
Scott Morrison was busy during the pandemic. In addition to being prime minister, he covertly put himself in charge of five ministries. Critics say he damaged democracy.
Gentle Into That Good Night? Not Boris Johnson.
The British prime minister may be leaving Downing Street, but few expect him to cede the spotlight, or abandon the prospect of one day regaining his position.
Followers of Iraqi Cleric Occupy Parliament Again, Demanding Reforms
Unable to form a government 10 months after elections, Iraq has been roiled by the street protests of the nationalist cleric Moktada al-Sadr, who withdrew from the government but again seeks to influence it.
Draghi Demands Unity to Stay On as Italy’s Prime Minister
Days after Mario Draghi tendered his resignation, the Italian leader offered a way out of political crisis. Now it depends on the parties to accept or reject it.
Ranil Wickremesinghe Elected President of Sri Lanka
Despite clamor for change amid the country’s economic collapse, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is tied to the exiled former president, was elected by lawmakers to replace him.
Mario Draghi to Resign as Italian Prime Minister
A confidence vote showed fatal fractures in Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s grand coalition, as the anti-establishment Five Star Movement withheld support and set off a political crisis.
Rivals Vying to Replace Johnson Are Diverse in Background, Not in Plans
The Conservatives running to be Britain’s prime minister include women and people of non-European descent, but they sound a lot alike: They like Brexit and want to cut taxes.
As Japan Votes, Abe’s Party Hopes His Legacy Is on the Ballot
Many of Shinzo Abe’s goals are central to the Liberal Democrats’ platform, and party members hoped the slain ex-leader’s memory would inspire sympathy votes on Sunday.
What We Know About the Shinzo Abe Assassination
The police in Nara, Japan, say a 41-year-old man was responsible for the fatal shooting of the former prime minister, but have given few details about the suspect.
Boris Johnson Vows to Go On Amid Wave of Cabinet Resignations
A wave of resignations and calls for him to step down showed the prime minister’s support within his Conservative Party melting away, but he remained defiant.