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France, Germany and Italy elections where is Europe going?

The elections in France and Germany will be won by:

  • The Right

    Votes: 19 61.3%
  • The Left

    Votes: 6 19.4%
  • The Extreme Right

    Votes: 6 19.4%
  • The Extreme Left

    Votes: 0 0.0%

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The Merkel ally nominated for the EU’s top job is facing resistance
Silvia Amaro
The 28 EU leaders chose Ursula von der Leyen, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to replace Jean-Claude Juncker at the helm of the Commission.
Her appointment needs the approval of the European Parliament before it becomes official.
The new European Commission president is set to take office on November 1.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Defense Minister Ursula von de Leyen
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The German defense minister chosen to lead the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, has received a mixed reception from European lawmakers.

On Tuesday, the 28 EU leaders chose Ursula von der Leyen, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to replace Jean-Claude Juncker at the helm of the Commission. It’s the EU institution in charge of overseeing fiscal policy, negotiating international trade deals and representing the different member states in Brexit talks.

However, her appointment needs the approval of the European Parliament before it becomes official. The directly-elected chamber, made up of 751 politicians, is due to vote on her appointment in the week beginning July 15, but a number of lawmakers have already raised their opposition. These include the Socialist group, the Green Party, and some conservative lawmakers from Germany. Together with the Euroskeptic parties at the EU, it’s unclear whether Von Der Leyen will be able to get the 376 votes needed.

“It will be very critical the discussion here in the parliament and it will be really important what Ursula von der Leyen will say during this two-week period,” Eero Heinäluoma, a lawmaker at the European Parliament, told CNBC Wednesday.

“If we can get some kind of political program for the next five years — that is something which members of parliament here are waiting (for),” Heinäluoma added.

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If there’s no majority in support of the German defense minister, then the EU heads of state will have another month to come up with a new name. Several politicians have also pointed to some mismanagement and misspending while she led the German defense ministry and, overall, many members of the Parliament were hoping someone from their own chamber would get the job as Commission president.

Von Der Leyen admitted last year that her department had made mistakes in allocating contracts worth millions of euros to external consultants, after an investigation by the Bundestag.

This institutional battle at the EU may not mean much outside the European bubble, but it’s the first hurdle that Von der Leyen will have to conquer to become the president. The fact that she brings gender balance to the EU’s top jobs is in her favour. The 28 heads of state made a clear effort to select female candidates to lead the institutions, appointing Christine Lagarde, the managing director at the International Monetary Fund, as the next European Central Bank chief.

“The feelings here are (at the Parliament) a little bit mixed,” Heinäluoma told CNBC. If approved, Von der Leyen will being creating her team in the coming weeks. The new European Commission president is set to take office on November 1.

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von der Leyen as next European Commission president
By Alastair Jamieson with Reuters• 16/07/2019 - 20:32

MEPs narrowly back Ursula von der Leyen as next European Commission president
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MEPs narrowly backed Ursula von der Leyen as the next President of the European Commission on Tuesday, making her the first woman to hold Europe’s top job.

Germany's defence minister was confirmed as the successor to Jean-Claude Juncker with only 9 votes more than the minimum after a much-criticised process and weeks of political uncertainty.

Read: Who is Ursula von der Leyen?
Her nomination as a compromise candidate by EU leaders as part of horse-trading has angered some politicians who had put forward their own candidates.
Out of the 733 available votes, she needed 374 to win Tuesday's confirmation, and in the end won 383 against 327 with 22 abstentions — well short of the 420 achieved by her predecessor.
"The confidence you placed in me is confidence you placed in Europe," she said after the result was announced.
"The task ahead humbles me," she said. "My work starts now. Let us work together constructively."
Earlier, in a bid to win MEPs' support, she set out her priorities for the next five years, should she be confirmed in the job.

What did she say in her speech?
On Brexit: She regretted but respected the referendum vote and is open to extending the UK's departure date beyond October 31.
On the environment: She promised a "green deal" for the EU in her first 100 days in office and said she wanted Europe to be first the carbon-neutral continent by 2050.
On fiscal matters: She had earlier pledged A more growth-oriented fiscal policy and taxing big tech companies
On gender equality: She made a point of emphasising she could become the EC's first female leader and committed to having an equal number of men and women serving h

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Italy's Salvini says government is finished, wants elections

By Giuseppe Fonte and Gavin Jones
ROME (Reuters) - The leader of Italy's ruling League party, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, declared the governing coalition to be unworkable on Thursday after months of internal bickering and said the only way forward was to hold fresh elections.
The shock announcement follows a period of intense public feuding between the right-wing League and its coalition partner, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, and it throws the euro zone's third-largest economy into an uncertain political future.
Salvini said in a statement he had told Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who belongs to neither coalition party, that the alliance with 5-Star had collapsed after barely a year in power and "we should quickly give the choice back to the voters".
Parliament, which is now in its summer recess, could reconvene next week to carry out the necessary steps, Salvini said, referring to the need for a no-confidence vote in the government and the resignation of the premier.
Tensions came to a head on Wednesday when the two parties voted against each other in parliament over the future of a project for a high-speed train link with France.
5-Star has more parliamentary seats than the League, but Salvini's party now has twice as much voter support, according to opinion polls, and it has often threatened to try to capitalise on that surge in popularity with new elections.
However, it remains to be seen if things will go as Salvini plans. Pushing the nation back into election mode in August, when Italians are on holiday and parliament is closed for the summer recess, is unusual and could be unpopular and risky.
President Sergio Mattarella is the only person with the power to dissolve parliament, and may be unwilling to do so ahead of preparatory work in September for the 2020 budget, which must then be presented to parliament the following month.
Italy, which has Europe's second-largest sovereign debt burden after Greece, has already angered the European Union with an expansionary 2019 budget and Salvini wants to make major tax cuts next year, setting up the prospect of another EU clash.
Italy has not held an election in the autumn in all the post-war period.

If Mattarella decides not to dissolve parliament, he could try to install an unelected "technocrat" administration of which there have been several examples in Italy's recent history, though an alternative parliamentary majority appears elusive.
5-Star Leader Luigi Di Maio said his party did not fear elections.
"We are ready, we don't care in the least about occupying government posts and we never have," he said in a statement. He accused Salvini of "taking the country for a ride" and said sooner or later Italians would turn against him for it.
Speculation of a government crisis mounted late on Wednesday when Salvini, speaking at a rally south of Rome, peppered his speech with hints that he had had enough of 5-Star, accusing it of stalling the League's key policies.
Markets sold off Italian government bonds early on Thursday and the day proceeded with closed-door meetings between Salvini and Conte and between Conte and Mattarella.
The League issued a statement listing a raft of areas in which it had a "different vision" from 5-Star, including infrastructure, taxes, justice and relations with the EU.
The two parties were fierce adversaries ahead of an inconclusive election in March 2018, before forming their unlikely alliance which has often ruffled the feathers of financial markets and the European Commission.
5-Star was the largest party at last year's elections but it has struggled since the government was formed, while Salvini has prospered thanks to his popular hard line on immigration and a charismatic and informal "man of the people" public image.

(Additional reporting by Giselda Vagnoni, writing by Gavin Jones; Editing by Mark Bendeich)

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Italie : Giuseppe Conte annonce sa démission après le débat parlementaire
Le Premier ministre italien Giuseppe Conte annonce sa démission et la fin du premier gouvernement populiste, accusant le chef de la Ligue Matteo Salvini d'avoir été «irresponsable» en faisant éclater la coalition au pouvoir le 8 août.

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Renversement d’alliance en Italie pour faire barrage à Salvini
Par Valérie Segond Mis à jour le 28/08/2019 à 20:51
Renversement d’alliance en Italie pour faire barrage à Salvini
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Ennemis jurés d’hier, le Mouvement 5 étoiles et le Parti démocrate ont annoncé, mercredi, un accord de gouvernement. Giuseppe Conte, qui a dirigé la coalition entre la Ligue et le M5S, reste président du Conseil.

C’est dans la douleur, à l’issue de tractations ultratendues jusqu’au bout sur l’équilibre du pouvoir, que l’Italie s’apprête à changer de gouvernement par la formation d’une nouvelle alliance entre le Parti démocrate (PD) et le Mouvement 5 étoiles (M5S). Après avoir reçu tous les partis politiques, le président de la République, Sergio Mattarella, intronisera jeudi matin le premier ministre sortant, Giuseppe Conte, nouveau premier ministre. Et l’a chargé, comme le veut la Constitution, de former son équipe d’ici à la semaine prochaine et de définir la politique générale du gouvernement: une «garantie» pour le M5S, a précisé Luigi Di Maio, en critiquant son ex-allié Matteo Salvini pour avoir début août «coupé le courant» de la coalition qu’ils formaient depuis 14 mois et laissé «60 millions d’Italiens sans gouvernement».
» LIRE AUSSI - Giuseppe Conte, un pantin devenu marionnettiste

Il s’agit d’«un gouvernement de nécessité» dont la fonction est avant tout de faire barrage à Matteo Salvini et à des élections législatives anticipées redoutées par tous, résume Antonio Polito, éditorialiste au Corriere della Sera. Mais qui est accueilli en fanfare par les marchés financiers qui ont fait chuter les taux à 10 ans sur les bons du Trésor italiens, à moins de 1 %, leur plus bas niveau historique. «C’est la première fois dans l’histoire de l’Italie que le gouvernement passe de l’extrême droite à la gauche sans passer par les urnes, avec le même premier ministre», résume Lorenzo De Sio, directeur du Centre italien d’études électorales, le Cise. Et ce en vingt jours à peine depuis l’ouverture de la crise, le 8 août, par Matteo Salvini.
Le bipolarisme italien

Inimaginable dans le système présidentiel français, ce basculement a été rendu possible par le régime parlementaire italien, où c’est la majorité au Parlement, et elle seule, qui donne et retire sa confiance aux gouvernements. Et ce, dans un système électoral à dominante proportionnelle qui, fragmentant les forces en présence, exige la constitution de coalitions pour créer une majorité. Ce qui, en soi, favorise la fluidité des alliances. En mars 2018, aucune des coalitions n’ayant obtenu de majorité, seule la négociation parlementaire permit alors de faire émerger une majorité Ligue-5 Étoiles.
Cette crise aura précipité le mariage de deux groupes politiques qui, bien qu’ils se haïssent, et parce qu’ils seraient les grands perdants d’élections anticipées, se résignent à former un gouvernement de gauche pour faire barrage à la droite. Et ce, après deux tentatives infructueuses: d’abord en 2013, quand le M5S qui vient bouleverser le bipolarisme italien remporte plus de 25,5 % des voix aux législatives juste devant le PD. Le secrétaire général du PD, Pier Luigi Bersani, propose alors, lors d’une rencontre diffusée en direct, une alliance au représentant du M5S, Vito Crimi, qui rejette son offre en l’humiliant publiquement. Cinq ans plus tard, en 2018, c’est Luigi Di Maio qui, fort de 32,6 % de voix aux législatives, tend la main à l’ancien premier ministre démocrate, Matteo Renzi, qui n’a pas fait plus de 18,8 % des suffrages.
Si c’est bien un gouvernement positionné à gauche qui revient à Rome, il ne s’agit pas d’une réédition de la gauche historique italienne
«Qui a perdu les élections ne peut gouverner», répond alors le secrétaire du PD, qui démissionne. Ce faisant, il ouvre la voie à Matteo Salvini, qui fera de son année passée au ministère de l’Intérieur un incroyable tremplin personnel. Après ces deux refus qui ont laissé un goût amer à une gauche italienne déboussolée, les électeurs des deux camps ne comprendraient pas un nouvel échec: «La crise politique a créé un réveil des électeurs des deux partis qui demandent que cette alliance aille jusqu’au bout», affirme le professeur Roberto D’Alimonte.
Si c’est bien un gouvernement positionné à gauche qui revient à Rome, il ne s’agit pas d’une réédition de la gauche historique italienne, car ce gouvernement en gestation est un objet politique encore non identifié. Même si, avant d’entrer au Quirinal hier, le secrétaire du PD, Nicola Zingaretti, a promis «le début d’une nouvelle saison sociale et civique grâce à une politique économique redistributive et verte». Puis, se plaçant sur le thème des valeurs, il a ajouté: «Cela vaut la peine de tenter l’expérience… Nous avons l’intention de mettre fin au temps de la haine, de la rancœur et de la peur.» Voilà «une coalition qui converge sur les idées les plus vieilles de la gauche qui a échoué, une gauche paupériste, étatiste et assistancielle», a tout de suite dénoncé Silvio Berlusconi.

» LIRE AUSSI - Salvini cherche à ressusciter son alliance avec Berlusconi
Si l’ancien ministre démocrate Carlo Calenda a démissionné du PD, estimant quelques jours plus tôt qu’à travers cette alliance «le parti a définitivement abdiqué à la représentation du monde libéral», la véritable orientation de ce gouvernement reste encore très floue. Il marie, d’un côté, un parti doté d’un socle idéologique fort hérité de ses racines socialistes et chrétiennes, et qui, sous Matteo Renzi, avait évolué vers le centre droit. Mais qui pourrait avec Zingaretti remettre le cap à gauche pour reconquérir l’électorat perdu. Avec, de l’autre, un Mouvement 5 étoiles «postidéologique», qui s’est surtout construit dans l’opposition au «système»: contre les grandes infrastructures, les grandes entreprises et les banques, la corruption, les vaccins, et contre les parlementaires trop nombreux.
«Le vrai problème n’est pas tant les programmes, sur lesquels il y a beaucoup de convergences, comme sur la place du travail, l’environnement et les droits civiques»
Lorenzo De Sio
«Si ses batailles identitaires sont à gauche, il a montré dans le gouvernement précédent sa capacité à enfourcher une politique très à droite, sur l’immigration, la sécurité, le souverainisme, par exemple», dit Massimiliano Panarari, spécialiste du M5S à la Luiss (Libre université internationale des études sociales). À la sortie du Quirinal, Luigi Di Maio a affirmé vouloir poursuivre le programme pour lequel il avait été élu il y a un an. «Ce gouvernement jaune-rouge, qui a des airs de gauche plurielle, est plutôt un gouvernement d’un nouveau centre gauche dont les deux composantes seront amenées à négocier chaque mesure comme dans le gouvernement sortant, estime Massimiliano Panarari. Nous sommes en présence de quelque chose de radicalement nouveau et il sera intéressant de voir comment dans la durée le M5S épousera les idées des démocrates.»
Construit en un temps très court et sur des bases incertaines pour une stratégie avant tout défensive, ce gouvernement pourra-t-il durer? «Le vrai problème n’est pas tant les programmes, sur lesquels il y a beaucoup de convergences, comme sur la place du travail, l’environnement et les droits civiques, dit Lorenzo De Sio. Il tient davantage à la défiance réciproque entre les démocrates, qui valorisent l’expertise, et les 5 étoiles, qui se méfient systématiquement de tout ce qui a trait à l’establishment.» En tout cas, met en garde Vincenzo Emanuele, chercheur à la Luiss, «si le gouvernement échoue, Salvini, qui aura le monopole de l’opposition et qui promet de ne rien laisser passer, pourrait remporter haut la main les prochaines élections.»

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Italian Prime Minister Conte given mandate to form a new left-wing coalition government
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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced his intention to resign last week after a rocky power-sharing agreement between M5S and the right-wing Lega fractured.
On Thursday morning, Italian President Sergio Mattarella met with Conte and handed him a fresh mandate to form a government, according to a presidential official, which would allow him to stay on as Italian leader.
Italy’s FTSE MIB climbed 1.2% on Thursday morning on the political developments.
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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte gestures as he delivers a speech at the Italian Senate, in Rome, on August 20, 2019, as the country faces a political crisis.
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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was given a mandate to form a new government Thursday, as the opposition Democratic Party (PD) set aside its differences with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) to create a left-leaning coalition.

Conte announced his intention to resign last week after a rocky power-sharing agreement between M5S and the right-wing Lega fractured. But following consultations with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, M5S came to a new arrangement with PD on Wednesday evening. On Thursday morning, Mattarella met with Conte and handed him a fresh mandate to form a government, which Conte accepted, and which will allow him to stay on as Italian leader.

“In the coming days I will return to the president of the republic ... and submit my proposals for ministers,” he said Thursday, according to Reuters.

Conte had been put under pressure by Matteo Salvini, a former deputy prime minister who leads the Lega party, and called for a snap election earlier this month. Salvini declared the populist coalition government unworkable and called for a no-confidence vote in Conte.



Italy’s PD and 5-Star reach a deal to form new government
Conte is a law professor who was appointed by both the M5S and Lega parties last year but is not affiliated with either. Italy — the third largest euro zone economy — had been governed by the two-party coalition since elections in March 2018 yielded no outright winner in Rome. This coalition had been on a rocky path since it came to power. Some of the tension had been caused by government appointments, the country’s relationship with the European Union, and, more recently, a high-speed rail link.

In the last week investors have cheered the prospect of this new coalition being formed between two parties from the political left: the populist M5S and the more European-friendly PD. Italy’s FTSE MIB climbed 1.2% on Thursday morning on the political developments.

But many have their doubts over this new alliance as both parties have been heavily critical of the other in the past. The unlikely pact would in theory enjoy a relatively comfortable majority in the parliament’s lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, but would rely on a handful of sympathetic but unaligned senators if it were to win votes in the upper legislative chamber.

Political experts will now contemplate Salvini’s next move after the Lega party effectively ignited the split that has outed it from power. Lega still enjoys top spot in the public opinion polls despite initially being the junior coalition partner after the 2018 election.

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