Violence outside Turkish consulate in Brussels leads to injuries

Several people were injured Thursday when supporters and opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan clashed outside the Turkish consulate in Brussels, Belga news agency reported.

Fillon's wife under formal investigation in French probe

The wife of embattled French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon was Tuesday placed under formal investigation in a probe centring around her job as his parliamentary aide, a judicial source said.

Serbia's Vucic set to switch offices, but retain levers of power

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic is set to sidestep from the office of prime minister to the largely ceremonial post of president. But that doesn't mean he is letting go of power.

Fillon supporters call for inquiry into dirty tricks claims

Supporters of embattled conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon called on French prosecutors Monday to investigate claims in a recently published book that police and judicial proceedings might have been used to target rivals of socialist President Francois Hollande.

Bulgaria's pro-Western conservatives win snap poll, tally confirms

Former prime minister Boyko Borisov's GERB party won Bulgaria's snap parliamentary election, but will have to find coalition partners to govern, partial official results confirmed Monday.

Bulgaria's Borisov declares election win, set to return as PM

Former prime minister Boyko Borisov declared victory for his GERB party after Sunday's snap parliamentary election and said he was looking to swiftly put a government in place.

Germany's Merkel wins first election-year test in decisive state poll

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party scored a convincing victory over their centre-left rivals in a state poll Sunday seen as the first test ahead of national elections.

Conservatives ahead as Bulgaria elects third parliament in four years

Conservative pro-EU former prime minister Boyko Borisov appears set to return to power following Sunday's snap parliamentary election with a win of his GERB party.

Opposition leader Navalny detained amid biggest Moscow rally in years

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained in central Moscow on Sunday amid an unauthorized rally of thousands of his supporters, part of the the biggest wave of protests the country has seen in years.

Hong Kong elects pro-Beijing candidate Lam; activists vow opposition

Carrie Lam, formerly Hong Kong's second-highest-ranking official, was voted in to the island's top spot Sunday by a small circle of electors, a move that raises the spectre of further tensions between authorities and pro-democracy activists.

Bulgarians vote in new snap poll as EU, Russia and Turkey watch

Voting began Sunday in Bulgaria's third snap parliamentary election since 2003 amid expectations that it would once again result in a fragmented parliament.

Serbian politics blindsided as white jester grabs nation's attention

He mocks everything, including himself. He is not even real. Yet Ljubisa Preletacevic Beli is the runner-up in popularity polls ahead of Serbia's April 2 presidential elections.

Fillon substitute latest to come under investigation

A lawmaker who stood in for scandal-hit French presidential candidate Francois Fillon while the latter was prime minister has been placed under formal investigation by judges, a source close to the case told dpa on Friday.

Bulgarian police remove border barricade blocking Turkish voters

Bulgarian police on Friday removed barricades that nationalists placed at border crossings with Turkey promising to stop Turks with dual citizenship and what they call "tourism voting" in snap parliamentary elections at the weekend.

Embattled Fillon accuses Hollande of leaking to media

The embattled French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon late Thursday accused President Francois Hollande of plotting to derail his campaign by leaking information about an ongoing investigation against him to the media.

Bulgarian conservatives, opposition neck-and-neck ahead of snap poll

Political stability remains elusive in Bulgaria, the EU's poorest member state. Voters go to the polls on Sunday for their third early election in four years, but forecasters see another less-than-decisive outcome on the horizon.

Kremlin denies France's Fillon introduced businessman to Putin

The Kremlin denied on Wednesday that France's scandal-hit conservative presidential candidate, Francois Fillon, had arranged a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for Lebanese pipeline magnate Fouad Makhzoumi in 2015.

Francisco Guterres wins East Timor's presidential election

East Timor's former parliament chief Francisco "Lu-Olo" Guterres has won the country's presidential election, according to a provisional tally.

Almost 10 million watched French presidential debate

Some 9.8 million viewers tuned in to Monday night's French presidential debate, according to one of the television channels that broadcast it.

East Timor's Francisco Guterres on track for election victory

East Timor's former parliament chief Francisco "Lu-Olo" Guterres is set to win the country's presidential election, according to preliminary figures released on Tuesday.

Vucic has best chance by far to win Serbia's presidential eleciton - survey

Aleksandar Vucic still enjoys the highest chances of success in a 2 April presidential election and 53% of those polled in a survey conducted by the Ipsos strategic marketing pollster seem to be in favour of Vucic's victory.

Turkish-led party set to take three seats in Dutch election

The Turkish-led DENK party secured its first electoral success in the Netherlands, taking three seats in the new parliament, with nearly all votes counted on Thursday.

Rutte in clear lead, followed by Wilders in Dutch election

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has emerged the clear leader in Dutch parliamentary elections early Thursday and is set to lead talks to form his third successive coalition government since 2010.

Despite reduced majority, Dutch PM Rutte set to lead coalition talks

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is set to play the dominant role in forming a governing coalition in the Netherlands after his pro-market VVD party emerged on top in parliamentary elections, according to an exit poll by national broadcaster NOS.

Turnout up as Netherlands votes after fiercely contested campaign

Early indications pointed to a higher voter turnout than the last election as the Netherlands went to the polls Wednesday after a fiercely contested campaign that focused on identity and cultural values rather than the usual bread-and-butter issues.

Dutch early birds cast ballots in festive mood

The polling station at Castricum just half an hour by train north-west of Amsterdam was the first to open at midnight in the Netherlands, with 97 voters casting their ballots by 1 am (midnight GMT) on Wednesday.

Wilders lashes out at Islam in final Netherlands election debate

Dutch firebrand Geert Wilders made use of the last televised debate just hours before polling stations opened in the Netherlands to lash out at Islam as a religion of violence.

A jester with a serious agenda jumps into Serbian presidential race

No joke: A man who dresses head to toe in white and who is fed up with Serbia's political scene says he will try to "move the masses" with his candidacy for president.

French investigators open formal probe in Fillon fake jobs scandal

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon is officially under investigation for giving fake jobs to family members, a development his spokesman on Tuesday declared a "non-event."

Poll: Dutch PM Rutte and firebrand Wilders level ahead of election

Prime Minister Mark Rutte's liberal VVD is level with the Party for Freedom (PVV) of anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders ahead of Wednesday's election according to a poll taken as a diplomatic confrontation with Turkey unfolded over the weekend.

Seven contestants vie for presidency in Serbia

A total of seven candidacies for Serbia's presidential election, set for April 2, were accepted until the midnight Sunday when the deadline for applications expired.

Fillon acknowledges gift of luxury suits from friend

French conservative presidential hopeful Francois Fillon Sunday acknowledged that an unnamed friend had made him a present of suits that media reports said cost 13,000 euros (13,890 dollars).

India's Modi gets boost from bellwether state election win

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party on Saturday scored a landslide win in India's most politically important state of Uttar Pradesh, a victory that is likely to shore up his chances for a second term in office.

German Green Party's election platform focuses on climate, families

Germany's Green Party announced Friday that it will run on a platform of combating climate change, protecting the environment and enacting family-friendly social policies in this year's parliamentary elections.

Czech President Zeman to seek re-election in 2018

Czech President Milos Zeman on Friday confirmed that he will seek a second five-year term in elections at the start of next year.

Geert Wilders on a 'mission' to follow Brexit and Trump

With his honed debating skills and trenchant views Geert Wilders has been a divisive presence on the Dutch political scene from virtually the first time he entered parliament in 1998.

Protesters shut down southern Nepal a day after clash kills three

Markets, schools and factories were closed across Nepal's southern plains on Tuesday in response to the killing of three protesters who tried to disrupt a political rally, as police revised the death toll down from four.

Fillon gets party backing as mooted replacement Juppe refuses run

Embattled conservative hopeful Francois Fillon Monday appeared to have fended off any immediate challenge to his position as candidate of the centre-right in the French presidential election.

French conservatives' fallback Juppe rules out presidential candidacy

The French centre-right's hopes of reviving its presidential campaign, hit by a judicial investigation into candidate Francois Fillon, were dealt a new blow on Monday when the man mooted as a possible replacement candidate said he would not run.

France's Fillon lashes out at deserters in 'fake job' scandal

French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon lashed out at his deserters at a rally on Sunday, as pressure from his own conservative ranks mounted over allegations that his wife took a fake job as his aide.

"I did work," wife of embattled French candidate Fillon asserts

Penelope Fillon, the wife of embattled French presidential candidate Francois Fillon, pushed back Sunday against allegations that she did not work for her salary as his parliamentary assistant.

Unionists take slim lead in Northern Ireland elections, lose majority

The pro-British Democratic Unionist's Party (DUP) has narrowly won the most seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly, edging ahead of Republican Party Sinn Fein by just one seat.

High turnout in Northern Ireland poll, but impasse likely to continue

About 65 per cent of electors voted in Thursday's polls for the Northern Ireland Assembly, but the highest turnout since 1998 appeared unlikely to help break an impasse over power-sharing in the devolved government.

Turkish foreign minister warns Germany of 'consequences' amid row

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned the German government of "consequences" as a row between the nations worsens over campaign rallies in Germany by Turkish government officials.

Ban on Turkey referendum rally in Germany sparks minister's anger

 The southern German town of Gaggenau on Thursday banned Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag from attending a campaign rally in support a controversial referendum to boost the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Macron calls for 'radical transformation' as Fillon loses support

Describing France as a country that could not be reformed, the centrist candidate for the French presidency, Emmanuel Macron, on Thursday promised "a radical transformation" instead.

EU Parliament strips France's Marine Le Pen of immunity over IS posts

The European Parliament stripped far-right French lawmaker and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen of parliamentary immunity on Thursday for posting graphic images of victims of the Islamic State extremist group.

Erdogan minister in Germany to lobby Turks on constitutional reform

Turkey's justice minister will address Turkish expatriates in Germany on Thursday in a campaign for constitutional reform in his country that would expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Northern Ireland votes, but power-sharing crisis expected to continue

Northern Ireland voted in elections to its devolved assembly on Thursday, but the result was not expected to change the political balance significantly or help resolve a power-sharing impasse.

Dutch anti-Islam party slips in polls - Wilders returns to campaign

With just two weeks to go until national elections, the Netherlands' Islamophobic Party for Freedom (PVV), headed by firebrand populist Geert Wilders, has lost its top position in opinion polls for the first time this year.

France's Fillon slams judges on charges but vows to stay in race

France's embattled conservative presidential hopeful, Francois Fillon, on Wednesday slammed judges who decided to lay charges against him, saying he was the victim of a "political assassination."

Fillon pulls out of French farm fair appearance, announcement awaited

The conservative candidate for the French presidency, Francois Fillon, hit by claims he gave his wife a lucrative fake job, on Wednesday abruptly pulled out of a scheduled visit to the Paris agricultural fair.

Northern Ireland heads to polls amid Brexit uncertainty

Many Northern Irish voters are plagued by uncertainties about security and the repercussions of Brexit as they head to the polls in new elections. They still are haunted by the Troubles - the decades of internal strife between Catholics and Protestants.

Serbia to hold presidential election on April 2 - media

Serbia will hold a presidential election on April 2, and the vote will be formally called by Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic on March 2, media in Belgrade said on Tuesday.

Serbia PM says no snap parliamentary election

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday that an early parliamentary election would not be held simultaneously with a presidential vote, although the state leadership had announced such a possibility.  

French PM slams "irresponsible" Fillon over "near-civil war" comment

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve hit back Monday at conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon, accusing him of being "irresponsible" for saying the race was taking place in a climate of "near-civil war."

Merkel's conservatives and Schulz's centre-left draw even in survey

Voter support for the German centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) is on par with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a survey published Sunday showed.

Iran President Rowhani to run for second term

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani is to stand for a second four-year term in office, Vice-President Hussein-Ali Amiri announced Sunday.

Germany's Merkel picked as party's top candidate for September polls

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was nominated on Saturday as her party's top candidate for the September 24 elections.

Germany's Schulz accepts only 'small' role in party's poll boost

The main rival to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in this year's elections has said the boost in opinion polls for his Social Democrats (SPD) is not mainly down to him personally.

French prosecutors transfer Fillon case to investigative judge

The French judiciary has opened a formal investigation in connection with presidential candidate Francois Fillon to examine whether the employment of his wife as a parliamentary employee was a sham, the country's financial prosecutors' office said Friday.

Right-wing populist Wilders declines first Dutch election debate

Candidates from nine Dutch parties answered questions from journalists Friday at the first national radio debate of the election campaign, but the leading candidate

Source: Le Pen defied police summons in assistants' pay enquiry

Marine Le Pen failed to appear for a summons for police questioning on Wednesday, a source close to the investigations has told dpa.

Le Pen promises independent foreign policy, autonomous defence

Marine Le Pen promised Thursday that if elected president of France she would ensure it had a truly independent foreign policy as well as an autonomous capacity for self-defence.

Dutch populist Wilders won't publicly campaign after security fiasco

The Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) won't make public appearances in support of its election campaign after a security official assigned to protect party founder Geert Wilders was detained by police.

Le Pen's chief of staff indicted in European Parliament jobs probe

The chief of staff of Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate for president in upcoming French elections, was indicted Wednesday over allegations of irregular reimbursements from the European Parliament, a judicial source told dpa.

Reformist Macron wins support of key centrist leader for French vote

France's reformist presidential hopeful, Emmanuel Macron, got a boost on Wednesday when he picked up the support of a party leader whose centrist constituency played a pivotal role in the last two presidential elections.

Official assigned to Wilders' security team held by Dutch police

A security official assigned to protect Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is being held by police on suspicion of passing along classified information about the lawmaker to a Dutch-Moroccan crime gang.

Report: Le Pen aides held for questioning on European Parliament jobs

Two key aides to Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate for the French presidency, have been held for questioning by police, the Agence France Presse news agency reported on Wednesday.

Support wanes for Dutch right-wing populist Wilders ahead of polls

Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders has lost ground in election surveys just three weeks before the country goes to the polls to elect a new parliament.

Protesters clash with police in Nepal anti-government shutdown

Anti-government protesters clashed with police in towns across southern Nepal and attacked a municipal building Wednesday as they forced a shutdown in the region over local elections.

French police raid National Front over European Parliament payments

France's far-right National Front Monday said that investigators had searched its offices in relation to allegations that it misused European Parliament funds.

First local elections in 20 years to be held in Nepal on May 14

Nepal's government announced the dates for forthcoming local elections on Monday, nearly 20 years after polls were last held for municipalities and village councils in the country.

Le Pen says al-Assad is better solution for Syria than Islamic State

France's far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains the more reassuring solution for France than Islamic State.

Former VP Moreno wins first round of Ecuador's presidential elections

Leftist former vice president Lenin Moreno has won the first round of presidential elections in Ecuador on Sunday, according to preliminary results released by the country's electoral authority.

Ecuadorians head to polls to choose new president

Polls opened for Ecuador's general election Sunday as voters prepared to choose a successor to President Rafael Correa.

Former Ahmadinejad VP to run against Rowhani for Iranian presidency

A deputy to former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be a candidate in the presidential election set for May, the ISNA news agency reported Saturday.

French centrist Macron calls for 'zero tolerance' approach to crime

Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate in France's presidential election, Friday called for "zero tolerance" towards both crime and police abuses.

Le Pen on defensive over alleged fictional job contract for aide

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was forced onto the defensive Friday over allegations she had claimed undue expenses, with the EU's anti-fraud office saying she had submitted an "entirely fictional employment contract" for an aide.

Stolac to repeat local election Sunday, Bosniaks set to boycott voting

Preparations for the repeating of elections for local government in Bosnia and Herzegovina's southern municipality of Stolac have been finished, and the voting will be held on Sunday  as planned.

Shake-up or status quo? Ecuador to choose new president

A leftist former vice president and a conservative banker are vying for the presidency of Ecuador, in a contest likely to go two rounds.

French prosecutors won't close case against presidency hopeful Fillon

The conservative candidate for the French presidency, Francois Fillon, suffered a new setback on Thursday when prosecutors said they would not drop investigations into claims he gave his wife a lucrative fake job paid from public funds.

Germany's Gabriel on Le Pen: EU without France is 'unimaginable'

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has said that there is a serious risk that far-right politician Marine Le Pen could win the French presidential election and drag France out of the European Union.

After US, French campaigners accuse Russia of influencing vote

Weeks after US intelligence services accused Russia of attempting to influence their country's elections in favour of Donald Trump, backers of a front runner for the French presidency have accused Moscow of interfering in that race too.

Polls open in Jakarta governor election amid blasphemy controversy

Millions of residents in the Indonesian capital Jakarta went to the polls Wednesday to elect the city's governor after a campaign period marred by religious and ethnic tensions.

Turkmenistan's longtime leader to win election by landslide

The longtime leader of the authoritarian Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, has won more than 97 per cent of the votes counted so far in the presidential election, state media reported Monday.

Little mystery in Turkmenistan president vote; 97 per cent turnout

The Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan, an authoritarian former Soviet state, recorded a voter turnout of 97.27 per cent for its presidential election on Sunday, state media reported.

Wilders: Islam must be driven out of the Netherlands

Dutch right-wing firebrand Geert Wilders said Sunday that he would support a ban on Islam in the Netherlands.

Turkmenistan holds election after strengthening president's power

The Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan, an authoritarian former Soviet state, is holding a presidential election on Sunday that longtime incumbent Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is almost certain to win.

Merkel's challenger akin to Trump, German finance minister says

Germany's finance minister has come out swinging against Martin Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament who will challenge Angela Merkel for the chancellorship in September.

Voting begins in first phase of key Indian elections

Mammoth seven-phase elections began in India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh Saturday with early voters trickling into booths in several major cities including Agra, Mathura and districts bordering the Indian capital.

Somali parliament elects president at airport

Somalia's newly elected parliament started voting Wednesday to elect the country's next president at Mogadishu airport, regarded as the safest place in the capital which has been targeted by the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab.

Six killed in attack on Somali hotel on election day

Six people were killed Wednesday when suspected al-Shabaab militants stormed a hotel in the northern Somali port city of Bosaso, just as the Horn of Africa country's parliament was preparing to elect its next president, regional officials said.

Le Pen slams EU, migration, Islamic fundamentalism at campaign launch

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen turned fire on the European Union, mass immigration and Islamic fundamentalism as she launched her bid for the French presidency on Sunday in the city of Lyon.

Opposition gains ground in Liechtenstein parliamentary vote

The conservative party of Liechtenstein's Premier Adrian Hasler lost nearly 5 percentage points in Sunday's parliamentary vote, as opposition parties in the tiny Alpine monarchy gained ground.

Conservatives vie for dominance as Liechtenstein goes to polls

Citizens of Liechtenstein go to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections in which two centre-right parties are vying for dominance, while smaller parties are seeking a bigger say in the tiny mountaintop monarchy.

German far-right party leader to fight election with baby by her side

Frauke Petry, the pregnant leader of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, plans to take her baby on the campaign trail for this year's general election.

France's National Front renews EU exit promise ahead of poll campaign

France's National Front would hold a referendum on the country's European Union membership if it wins the upcoming presidential elections, according to the party's programme.

Millions set to vote as state polls open in India

Voters queued up Saturday in the states of Punjab and Goa, in India's north and west, as polls opened for the first in a series of five state-level elections set to take place over the next weeks.

France's Le Pen to launch presidential campaign

Far-right politician Marine Le Pen launches her campaign to become French president this weekend, with polls predicting that she will reach the second round in the elections which begin in April.