Saturday

23rd Sep 2017

Ticker

Germany's Social Democrats down in polls

The German Social-Democratic Party (SPD) is down to 20 percent of voting intentions, according to a poll published 10 days before the 24 September elections. Martin Schulz's SPD is lagging far behind chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian-Democrats (CDU), which have 31 percent. In third place is the far-right AfD party, with 12 percent of voting intentions. CDU's potential coalition partners, the Liberals and the Greens, have 9.5 and 7 percent.

Analysis

Merkel-Macron: An EU motor in the making

Merkel's re-election is expected to revive the Franco-German EU motor, but the German leader and France's new ruler are still searching for a common vision.

May seeks EU grace period

Eagerly awaited Brexit speech was foggy on details, but May pledged to honour financial commitments while calling for a two-year transition deal after the UK left.

Hungary and Poland defy EU authority

Hungary and Poland have said they "don't want a mixed population", amid a tug-of-war with the Commission on migrants and rule of law.

Quiet showdown in Barcelona

Thousands of Catalans have taken to the streets, in protest against the Spanish government's efforts to prevent the independence referendum. Both sides know that violence would go against their cause.

News in Brief

  1. Dutch state appeals ban on taking air-polluting measures
  2. May proposes 2-year transition period after Brexit
  3. May to call on EU's 'sense of responsibility'
  4. Catalonia has 'contingency plans' for independence vote
  5. Last German polls confirm Merkel's lead
  6. EU to step up sanctions on North Korea
  7. Tusk calls 'euro summit' in December
  8. Report: May to seek two-year EU transition

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