German diplomacy in chaos over Syria blue-helmet proposal
While the conflict has raged in Syria, a vaguely-worded German proposal for a UN-led security zone in the country's north has sown new chaos within Chancellor Angela Merkel's fragile coalition government.
Voting begins in Portugal general election
Voting got underway in Portugal's general election on Sunday, with outgoing Prime Minister Antonio Costa's Socialists tipped to win the most votes but without the necessary majority to govern alone.
Polish opposition forms coalition for European elections
Five Polish opposition parties on Sunday unveiled a coalition to fight the European elections in May, accusing the ruling conservatives of seeking an exit from the European Union. "We will make it impossible for anyone to take Poland out of the European Union," said a statement by the main opposition Civic Platform (PO); the Polish…
Germany's AfD: voice of fear, anger over refugee influx
Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right party suffered a historic loss in Berlin state elections Sunday while the right-wing populist AfP scored at least 11.5 percent, according to public broadcasters' exit polls.