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Evening Headlin es Bloomberg: Tsipras Seeks Greek Opposition Backing in Stalled Talks. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sought to rally a consensus in parliament for his effort to secure bailout funds after his proposals to bolster the nation’s finances failed to satisfy his European creditors. Show More Summary

Is the New Zealand Parliament about to drop commitment to the rule of law?

The New Zealand Parliament seems about to drop that country’s commitment to the rule of law from the Act underpinning the judicial branch. Retiring Supreme Court judge (and former Solicitor-General) Sir John McGrath thinks that’s worrying. He’s right. There’s still time for ex-pat Kiwis to lobby the Minister of Justice. One of the first legislative […]

Greece Submits Inadequately Detailed Reform List; Tsipras Tells Parliament of “Peace with Honor,” Um, “Honorable Compromise”

The Greek government continues to climb down substantively on its promises of resistance to the dictates of its creditors as time pressure intensifies.

Highs and lows of the minimum wage

‘The lesson of all this is that the economy is complicated and textbook economic logic alone will get us only so far’ In 1970, Labour’s employment secretary Barbara Castle shepherded the Equal Pay Act through parliament, with the promise that women would be paid as much as men when doing equivalent jobs. The political spark […]

Here's the 'ugly scenario' that's about to happen if Greece doesn't get a bailout deal

Greece's bailout talks aren't going very well. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressed Greece's parliament late on Monday, but gave little new indication on a deal. Greece tentatively agreed to extend its current bailout back in February,...Show More Summary

Canadian Lawmakers Endorse Airstrikes on ISIL Targets in Syria

The office of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that the Canadian parliament has endorsed the government's plan to launch airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria, in addition to its military participation in Iraq bombing raids.

Women Get the Short End of the Stick in Iran and Can’t Even Protest

As if it weren’t bad enough. Iranian women face persistent systemic discrimination in terms of family law. New legislation being considered by Iran’s parliament is intended to roll back many of the gains women have made in the past decades … Please continue reading.

Canadian Parliament backs air strikes on Islamic State in Syria

Canadian legislators on Monday voted to back the government’s plans to bomb Islamic State positions in Syria, a move that opposition parties say threatens to drag Canada into a long war. The House of Commons approved the plan 142-129. The result was never in doubt, since the ruling Conservatives have a majority in the chamber. […]

False Warnings

The most startling thing about the crisis in Ukraine is how horribly all the actors have played their hands. First, the Ukrainian parliament, after stepping up to power, drastically overstepped its bounds, dissolving the courts and ousting...Show More Summary

The Greek reform list: the best is yet to come?

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at a cabinet meeting Sunday night in the Greek parliament There has been lots of analysis on a new list of economic reforms that the Greek government sent to its bailout monitors over the weekend, including...Show More Summary

UK election kicks off an uncertain period for energy investors

The UK’s general election kicked off Monday with the official closure of parliament, heralding 38 days of campaigning ahead of the May 7 vote. With clear policy differences between the parties and the polls too-close-to-call, energy investors could be set for an uncertain year ahead. Anyone who has attended energy industry conferences in recent years will […]

Slugger Poll: Who do you think will be the next UK Prime Minister?

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As the UK election campaign kicks off in earnest, will ‘Call me Dave’ keep his feet under the number 10 kitchen table, or will ‘Red Ed’ seize the reins of power? If there is a hung parliament which parties votes will decide the next PM? Vote below then let us know your thoughts in the more...

Following Ancient British Tradition, Prime Minister Sets Fox On Duck To Usher In Election Season

“The general election campaign is under way, after Parliament was officially dissolved. Journalists waiting outside 10 Downing Street on Monday morning spotted a fox, apparently chasing a duck.”

What are the chances of an In/Out EU referendum being passed in the next Parliament?

With the election campaign underway and the opinion polls to close to call the fate of the Conservatives' EU referendum will depend on parliamentary arithmetic. We have a look at how things stand. The post What are the chances of an In/Out EU referendum being passed in the next Parliament? appeared first on Open Europe.

Cameron fires gun on UK election

PM moves to dissolve parliament, calls election 'most important' in a generation.

UK's Cameron to meet queen, formally start knife-edge election campaign

LONDON (Reuters) - Campaigning in Britain's closest national election in decades will start on Monday after Prime Minister David Cameron meets Queen Elizabeth following parliament's dissolution, teeing up an unusually fraught battle to govern the $2.8 trillion economy.

British PM Cameron to meet queen, formally call knife-edge election

LONDON (Reuters) - Campaigning in Britain's closest national election in decades will start on Monday after Queen Elizabeth dissolves parliament at Prime Minister David Cameron's behest, teeing up an unusually fraught battle to govern the $2.8 trillion economy.

Metadata and telcos: Get ready for casualties

The Coalition's controversial data retention legislation has sailed through the parliament, and the telco industry has little time to reflect on its futile attempts to get clarity from Brandis & co.

Afghan MP survives targeted suicide attack in Kabul that kills three others

KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan member of parliament survived a targeted suicide attack in Kabul on Sunday but three people including a child were killed and eight others injured, police and government sources said.

1.2 Million Singapore Residents Pay Last Respects to Lee Kuan Yew

Lee's eldest son and the current Prime Minister of Singapore announced that more than 1.2 million people have paid their last respects to First Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Parliament House and various community sites across the island.

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