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French government faces growing unrest from party ranks

PARIS (Reuters) - France's newly reshuffled Socialist government faces growing unrest from within its own party and from former coalition allies the Greens ahead of a confidence vote on Tuesday which will test France's ability to push ahead on reforms. President Francois Hollande, whose administration has failed to lower stubbornly high unemployment in Europe's second-biggest economy after two years in power, is staking his credibility on a "responsibility pact" to cut companies' payroll taxes if they boost hiring in return.

MP Bruce Hyer, elected as a New Democrat, becomes Green party deputy leader

OTTAWA - Green party Leader Elizabeth May has named former New Democrat Bruce Hyer as her deputy chief. Hyer announced in December that he was joining the Greens — doubling the federal party's elected caucus from one member to two. The new title gives him a say in the party's internal operations, including fundraising efforts. The MP for the northern Ontario riding of Thunder Bay-Superior North was first elected in 2008 under the NDP banner, and again in 2011.

Merkel's choices for new government narrow after talks with Greens produce no results

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's options for forming a new government are narrowing after talks with the Greens ended with both sides unable to agree on how they might form a coalition together. Merkel's conservative bloc now meets with its other centre-left rivals, the Social Democrats, for coalition talks Thursday. Merkel's bloc won 41.5 per cent of the vote in Sept. 22 elections but fell five seats short of a majority. A so-called grand coalition with the Social Democrats, which won 25.7 per cent of the vote, now seems her most likely option.

German Greens voice doubts after coalition talks with Merkel

By Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Greens played down prospects of forming a government with Angela Merkel's conservatives, a day after a first round of exploratory coalition talks highlighted policy differences between the parties on clean energy and industry. Despite agreeing to meet again with her next week, Greens politicians made clear on Friday that they had found little common ground with Merkel, whose Christian Democrats (CDU) are also holding talks with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD).

Merkel, Greens to sound out potential coalition

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives will Thursday meet the Greens party for initial coalition talks, sounding out an alliance that is seen as unlikely but not impossible. The exploratory talks with the left-leaning ecologist party are part of Merkel's hunt for a governing partner after her conservatives won September 22 elections but fell short of a ruling majority. Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian partners the CSU are already engaged in talks with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), who are widely seen as the more likely ally.

Merkel, Greens to sound out potential coalition

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives will Thursday meet the Greens party for initial coalition talks, sounding out an alliance that is seen as unlikely but not impossible. The exploratory talks with the left-leaning ecologist party are part of Merkel's hunt for a governing partner after her conservatives won September 22 elections but fell short of a ruling majority. Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian partners the CSU are already engaged in talks with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), who are widely seen as the more likely ally.

Merkel, Greens to sound out potential coalition

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives will Thursday meet the Greens party for initial coalition talks, sounding out an alliance that is seen as unlikely but not impossible. The exploratory talks with the left-leaning ecologist party are part of Merkel's hunt for a governing partner after her conservatives won September 22 elections but fell short of a ruling majority. Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party the CSU are already engaged in talks with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), who are widely seen as the more likely ally.

Germany's Greens turn frosty towards any alliance with Merkel

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Greens threw up a new hurdle to a possible coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Wednesday by condemning her government's refugee policies after the migrant boat disaster off the Italian island of Lampedusa. The Greens, who will hold exploratory talks with the conservatives on Thursday evening, were already skeptical about helping Merkel form a government for her third term because of differences on energy, tax and social issues.

Analysis: Success, compromise, ageing erode Europe's Greens

By Paul Taylor PARIS (Reuters) - Europe's Greens have got the blues. The anti-nuclear environmentalist movement that burst into politics in the 1980s as a youthful third force has suffered a string of setbacks in Germany and France, raising questions over its future.

Austria's ruling parties set for worst poll result since 1945

Austrians voted Sunday in general elections that looked likely to keep the two-party centrist coalition in government, but possibly with their worst result since 1945 amid expected inroads by the far-right. Although Austria has the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union, voters have been looking for an alternative to two parties that have dominated politics for the past 70 years and spent much of the past five years arguing or failing to agree on policy.
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