French ex-PM Valls says will vote for Macron in election

By Michel Rose and Sudip Kar-Gupta PARIS, Mar 29 : Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday he would vote for Emmanuel Macron in the presidential election, the biggest Socialist party name to date to turn his back on its official candidate and back the centrist instead. Valls said he wanted to do […]

Snap election to test Bulgaria’s divided loyalties

By Tsvetelia Tsolova and Angel Krasimirov SOFIA, Mar 26 : Bulgarians were voting in a snap general election today, with the centre-right GERB party challenged for power by Socialists who say they will improve ties with Russia even if it means upsetting the country’s European Union partners. Many Bulgarians feel a strong cultural affinity for […]

Germans in tiny Saarland vote in big test for Merkel

By Paul Carrel and Hakan Erdem BERLIN/SAARBRUECKEN, Mar 26 : Germans in the small western state of Saarland voted today in a regional election that could deliver an upset to Chancellor Angela Merkel and hurt her prospects of winning a fourth term in September’s national election. The election carries significance as it is the first […]

Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension

By James Pomfret and Venus Wu HONG KONG, Mar 26 : A Beijing-backed civil servant, Carrie Lam, was chosen to be Hong Kong’s next leader today amid accusations that Beijing is meddling and denying the financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better able to defuse political tension. The majority of the China-ruled city’s 7.3 […]

Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension

By James Pomfret and Venus Wu HONG KONG, Mar 26 : A Beijing-backed civil servant, Carrie Lam, was chosen to be Hong Kong’s next leader today amid accusations that Beijing is meddling and denying the financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better able to defuse political tension. The majority of the China-ruled city’s 7.3 […]

Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension

By James Pomfret and Venus Wu HONG KONG, Mar 26 : A Beijing-backed civil servant, Carrie Lam, was chosen to be Hong Kong’s next leader today amid accusations that Beijing is meddling and denying the financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better able to defuse political tension. The majority of the China-ruled city’s 7.3 […]