Historic victory of ecologist candidate in Bordeaux | AFP

Ecologist Pierre Hurmic is celebrating his victory in Bordeaux, surrounded by supporters, after defeating outgoing mayor Nicolas Florian in the second round of municipal elections. France’s Greens celebrated major gains across the country during a vote marked by record-low turnout and the failure of President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party to make any significant impact. IMAGES

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Sebastian Kurz and Austria’s new conservative-green coalition ministers enter the Presidency building in Vienna for a swearing-in ceremony after the world’s youngest democratically elected leader returned at the head of an unlikely coalition with the Greens following the collapse of his previous alliance with the far-right. IMAGES of the coalition government arriving

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Sweden: Stefan Lofven wins second term after months of wrangling

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven gives a press conference after being voted in for a second term, ending a four-month political vaccuum. Lofven will formally present his new minority centre-left government, comprising his Social Democrats and the Greens, and its programme on Monday.

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Sweden’s far-right populists won their biggest ever share of the vote in Sunday’s general elections, underlining how immigration has reshaped politics even in one of Europe’s most tolerant democracies.

Although the Sweden Democrats largely set the agenda during the campaign, the far-right party made more modest gains than once feared, coming in third behind the two mainstream parties who are now scrambling to form the next government.

But while the populists may consider their 17.6 percent disappointing, after earlier polls had predicted they would finish in at least second place, analysts say the nationalist surge represents an alarming change in Sweden’s political landscape.

The populist party still won their largest ever share of the vote – up from 12.9 percent in 2014 – and successfully shifted both mainstream parties closer to their position on key issues of immigration, integration and identity.

“The mainstream has certainly moved closer to their positions,” Matthew Goodwin, visiting senior fellow in the Europe programme at the Chatham House think tank told VICE News.

Both the governing center-left Social Democrats and the center-right Moderates recorded among their worst results in modern history, with the rival blocs led by both parties left in virtually a dead heat.

With nearly all votes counted Monday, the Social Democrats, together with their allies the Greens and the Left Party, had won 40.6 percent of the vote, while the opposition centre-right Alliance was on 40.3 percent. With overseas votes yet to be counted, the center-left bloc holds 144 seats, and the center-right 143.

The country now faces weeks of uncertainty as both blocs engage in frantic horse-trading to try to form the next government.

Both of the main blocs have said they will not work with the Sweden Democrats, a party with roots in fascism and neo-Nazism, as part of a tactic to isolate the group and its populist politics.

The far-right party commanded strong polling numbers during the campaign as it hammered home its core issues of immigration, crime and integration to a voting public anxious over the arrival of 163,000 asylum seekers during the height of the migration crisis.

But after surging to first-equal in polls in mid-July, support for the populists slackened in recent weeks, as other issues gained attention — including climate change, following a summer of record high temperatures and raging wildfires.

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Football beats politics for fans ahead of Iraq, Saudi clash

With his social media campaign welcoming Saudi Arabia’s football team to Iraq — “Greens, you’re at home!” — Arkan Taqi has broken a taboo in his hometown Basra, close to the Iranian border. On the eve of a friendly match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia that marks the return of international football to the city, Arkan and around a dozen supporters hope they have changed minds in Basra, as they await Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia.

German president meets with the Greens amid political crisis

Germany’s president Steinmeier starts a difficult round of talks with party leaders in a last-ditch attempt to save the EU’s top economy from the political turmoil sparked by the collapse of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition talks. IMAGES of the Greens arriving at Bellevue castle.

‘Merkel’s time as politician is over now, it’s her personal failure’ – German MP

Germany could be on course for snap elections after talks on forming a governing coalition collapsed.
The leader of the pro-business Free Democrats Party announced his decision to pull out of negotiations with the Christian Democrats and the Greens.
The three parties disagreed on a number of issues. The main one was the migrant issue and, in particular, setting limits on the number of asylum seekers allowed into the country, and over reunifying refugees with their families.

RT talked to German Member of Parliament from AFD, Hans Joerg Mueller.

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‘Merkel has reached final stage of her chancellorship’ – former CDU politician

Germany could be on course for snap elections, after talks on forming a governing coalition collapsed.

The leader of the pro-business Free Democrats Party announced his decision to pull out of negotiations with the Christian Democrats and the Greens.
RT spoke to former CDU politician Maximillian Krah on this issue.

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