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French government asks for special powers to push through labour reform

The French parliament will discuss handing the government special powers to rush through its promised labour reform next month, the cabinet announced on Wednesday. With left-wingers vowing to fight the changes in parliament and outside, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe insisted that his government has the "political legitimacy" to enact them.

Tories insist DUP should still receive taxpayer-funded 'short money' despite £1 billion deal to back the government

Conservatives defend continued payment of opposition money to the DUP. DUP have signed a £1 billion deal to support the government in parliament. Labour accuse the government of giving "double bubble" funds to the party. Conservatives...Show More Summary

Czech lawmakers OK's gun holders' right to defend country

The lower house of the Czech Parliament has approved a constitutional amendment that gives legal gun owners a right to participate in the country's defense. An overwhelming 139-9 majority approved … Click to Continue »

What is British PM May's working majority? Answer: 13 votes

LONDON (Reuters) - After losing her majority in parliament by betting on a snap June 8 election, British Prime Minister Theresa May must rely on a small Northern Irish party to ensure she can pass legislation.

Swedish lawmaker convicted of violence after night out

A member of Sweden's Parliament for the anti-immigration and euroskeptic Sweden Democrats has been convicted for hitting a man in the face outside a nightclub in Stockholm last year. The … Click to Continue »

Will Germany finally vote on gay marriage this week?

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Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) are pushing for a vote this week to legalise gay marriage. SPD leader Martin Schulz says his party will push for a vote in parliament this week, before the start of the summer recess. “I hope our colleagues in the conservatives will cooperate,” he said, raising the...

GERMANY: Marriage Equality Vote Confirmed For Friday

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The Associated Press reports: The German Parliament plans to vote Friday on whether to legalize same-sex marriage — only days after Chancellor Angela Merkel backed off her conservative party’s long-standing refusal to budge on the issue. Show More Summary

UK's fragile government faces challenge over austerity

Britain's Conservative minority government is facing its first test in Parliament since the June 8 election, as lawmakers vote on an opposition demand for an end to public spending cuts. … Click to Continue »

German Parliament set to vote Friday on gay marriage

The German Parliament plans to vote Friday on whether to legalize same-sex marriage — only days after Chancellor Angela Merkel backed off her conservative party's long-standing refusal to budge on … Click to Continue »

German parliament paves way for gay marriage vote Friday

Germany's parliament is set to vote on a bill to legalise same-sex marriage Friday after the lower house legislative committee put it on the agenda, its chairwoman said. "The path to equality is open," said the chairwoman, Renate Kuenast of the left-leaning ecologist Greens opposition party, in a tweet on Wednesday. Show More Summary

French press review 28 June 2017

As Mélenchon's men show up at the French parliament without ties, Le Monde looks at the sartorial standards expected of the nation's elected representatives. They may soon have to loosen their ties if the debate on medically assisted procreation ever makes its to the lower house. And how much longer is Employment Minister Muriel Pénicaud going to have to wear a tie?

Britain's opposition Labour Party to force vote in parliament on pay cap

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party will force a vote in parliament on Wednesday over a pay cap for public sector employees, the first test of whether Prime Minister Theresa May can muster enough lawmakers to rule.

EHE FÜR ALLE: German Opposition Leader Vows That Marriage Will Come “This Week” After Merkel Relents

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CNN reports: German lawmakers will decide Friday whether to legalize same-sex marriage, according to CNN affiliate NTV. The snap vote comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she would like to see parliament move towards a “vote of conscience” on the issue. Show More Summary

French parliament opens in test for Macron's many novice lawmakers

PARIS (Reuters) - France's new parliament will sit for the first time on Tuesday as rivals of President Emmanuel Macron questioned a lack of political experience among deputies of his majority-holding Republic on the Move(LREM) part...

Scottish leader to speak on 2nd independence referendum

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is set to outline her position on holding a second independence referendum at the Scottish Parliament later Tuesday. Sturgeon said in March that a second … Click to Continue »

GERMANY: Merkel Signals Green Light For Marriage

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The Guardian reports: Angela Merkel has signaled a change in her party’s opposition to gay marriage after stating MPs should be allowed a free vote in the German parliament. Speaking at an event organised by women’s magazine Brigitte,...Show More Summary

Former French PM Valls quits Socialists to back Macron's party

Former French prime minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday he was leaving the Socialist Party and is ready to join forces with President Emmanuel Macron's centrist group in parliament – assuming they want him.

Putin asks parliament to ratify international convention on countering terrorism financing

Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted to the State Duma for ratification the Council of Europe’s Convention on the confiscation of illegal funds and on countering the sponsorship of terrorism. Read Full Article at

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