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World elections

Yesterday

Italy’s far right wins big to turn page on Draghi era

Giorgia Meloni stormed to victory in Italy’s general election after the sudden collapse of Mario Draghi’s national unity government earlier this year.

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  • Chiara Albanese

Victory to Italian right is no lurch into extremism

Most Italian premiers don’t last a full term. If it turns out differently for Giorgia Meloni, that might well be her biggest achievement of all.

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  • Tony Barber

Who exactly is Italy’s Giorgia Meloni?

Voters have taken to the charismatic politician. But there’s deep confusion among investors and European officials about where she stands on key issues.

  • Chiara Albanese

This Month

Far-right firebrand poised to be Italy’s new PM

Polls have opened in Italy’s national elections, and parties on the far-right are leading the race to form the next government in Rome

  • Chiara Albanese and Marco Bertacche

Italy set to elect most right-wing regime since WW II

Italians head to the polls after the collapse of widely respected Mario Draghi’s government in July.

  • Alvise Armellini and Rodolfo Fabbri
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Investors love and hate Lula a decade after he made them very rich

Brazil’s election is shaping up as the most consequential for the economy in years and could trigger a flow of money back into the country.

  • Felipe Marques and Vinicius Andrade

Trump warns of ‘big problems’ if indicted

Mr Trump also said he ‘would have no prohibition against running’ for office if he were indicted.

  • Azi Paybarah

How the far right is gaining ground, in Sweden of all places

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats just made history with the party’s best ever election result upending a country known for egalitarian social democracy.

  • Amanda Taub

Chile decisively rejects new leftist constitution

Chile’s giant copper and lithium industries will be relieved by the outcome given the proposed charter signalled tougher environmental and community rules.

  • Valentina Fuentes and Matthew Malinowski

Trump blasts Biden at rally, keeps hinting at 2024 run

The former president’s speech focused on the presidency, framing the November midterm elections as ‘a referendum on the corruption and extremism of Joe Biden and the radical Democrat party’. 

  • Gregory Korte and Mark Niquette

August

Why you won’t hear Italy’s next PM say the F-word

Giorgia Meloni is burying her party’s fascist roots and focusing instead on the cost of living crisis, as she looks to become Italy’s first female prime minister.

  • Nick Squires

Why British Conservatives went cold on Rishi Sunak

Sunak has had a hard time shaking his casting as Brutus to Johnson’s Julius Caesar. Many Tories clearly struggle with the idea of handing the crown to the man who wielded the knife.

  • Therese Raphael

Ex-rebel sworn in as Colombia’s president in historic shift

Gustavo Petro has said the country will stop granting new licences for oil exploration and will ban fracking projects.

  • Manuel Rueda

July

Japan’s PM to consolidate ruling party power as Abe mourned

An election victory allows Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to work on long-term policies such as national security, his signature “new capitalism” economic policy, and amending the postwar pacifist constitution.

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  • Chang-ran Kim and Mariko Katsumura

Kishida hopes to put stamp on premiership in upper house polls

If his Liberal Democratic Party does as well as polls predict, the Japanese PM will bolster his chances going into the next election, which must be held by 2025

  • Elaine Lies
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June

Scotland fires up plan for new independence vote

Separatist First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sets up a showdown with embattled PM Boris Johnson over whether the planned 2023 referendum would even be legal.

  • Hans van Leeuwen

Johnson suffers blow with UK byelection losses

The losses suggest the electoral coalition the British prime minister brought together at the 2019 national election may be fracturing.

  • Alistair Smout

Macron offers to compromise to end France’s political crisis

The French president said he was open to building an alliance with other parties, in his first public address since his disastrous result in Sunday’s parliamentary election.

  • Elizabeth Pineau and John Irish

‘Ungovernable’ French parliament to stymie Macron’s reform drive

A silver lining for the country’s democratic system is the greater representation of smaller parties.

  • Victor Mallet

Leftist ex-rebel wins Colombian presidency

Gustavo Petro, mistrusted by many investors, wants to transform the country’s business-friendly economic model.

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  • Matthew Bristow and Oscar Medina