Erdogan suffers biggest defeat since AKP foundation | EURACTIV.com


Turkey’s opposition has dealt President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a stinging blow by winning control of Istanbul in a re-run mayoral election, breaking his aura of invincibility and delivering a message from voters unhappy over his policies.

Ekrem Imamoğlu of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) had secured more than 54% of votes, with nearly all ballots opened, Turkish broadcasters said – a far wider victory margin than his narrow win three months ago.

The previous result was annulled after protests from Erdoğan’s Islamist-rooted AK Party, which said there had been widespread voting irregularities.

Source: Erdogan suffers biggest defeat since AKP foundation – EURACTIV.com

Trump’s Reelection Hopes May Hinge on Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania | US News


As President Donald Trump formally embarks on his 2020 reelection campaign, his job security may rely on the wall.

It’s not the southern border wall Trump promised to build with Mexican money (and has failed, so far, to do). It’s the Democrats’ blue wall – or what they once thought of as their firewall against defeat, the post-industrial states of the Great Lakes region.

And the stunning, if narrow, wins Trump scored in 2016 against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan may not be one-time blips, experts say, as changing demographics and a determined GOP base put in play states that had once been reliable for Democrats.

Source: Trump’s Reelection Hopes May Hinge on Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania | The Civic Report | US News

Fact-Checking TIME’s Oval Office Interview With Donald Trump | Time

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President Donald Trump sat down with a group of TIME journalists on June 17, the eve of his official re-election kickoff in Florida.

Over the course of a 57-minute interview, Trump talked about his foreign policy approach with Iran, China and Mexico; his re-election campaign; his record of achievements and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Source: Fact-Checking TIME’s Oval Office Interview With Donald Trump | Time

Trump’s re-election kickoff: The greatest hits and a bit more

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Democrats should worry about this president.

Amazingly, he seems to have learned a little something in his first years in office. For instance, he actually recognized and said nice things about his fellow Republicans. And he did manage to return to the teleprompter and deliver what was a pretty coherent message.

The question, of course, is whether the campaign of an incumbent can overcome the mixture of bombast, confusion, and delusion that has characterized his presidency.

Source: Trump’s re-election kickoff: The greatest hits and a bit more

Explainer: Two nights, 20 Democrats – What you should know about the first 2020 debate | Reuters

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When 20 Democrats take the stage next week for the first of 12 prime-time presidential primary debates, they will assemble according to months-in-the-making plans by the Democratic National Committee to accommodate its largest-ever field.

For two hours each on the nights of June 26 and 27, the candidates seeking the party’s 2020 nomination will go head-to-head at a performing arts center in downtown Miami in debates broadcast live by NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.

Source: Explainer: Two nights, 20 Democrats – What you should know about the first 2020 debate – Reuters

The Deciders: Meet the voters defining American politics

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These voters live in some of the most competitive counties in America’s presidential battleground states, places set to play an outsized role in the 2020 presidential election. All four counties were decided by four percentage points or less in 2016 and ultimately won by Donald Trump.

Trump’s path to a second term will test an electoral map he realigned. He must hold the strong support of the white, working-class voters who helped him capture Florida and Pennsylvania.

Source: The Deciders: Meet the voters defining American politics

Comfortably Reelected, Indonesia’s Jokowi Opens the Door to China’s Belt and Road

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The ballots hadn’t even been counted yet when the deals were announced. On April 26, just two days after Election Day, Indonesia signed 23 memorandums of understanding with China, worth $14.2 billion in all, for several major infrastructure projects.

They came after months of silence about Chinese investment in Indonesia—by design, as President Joko Widodo feared attempts by the opposition to paint him as being too pro-China.

It worked, as, in the end, the issue of Chinese investment did not play the same divisive role in Indonesia that it did in elections in Malaysia, the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Instead, Jokowi, as Widodo is widely known, easily won reelection.

Source: Comfortably Reelected, Indonesia’s Jokowi Opens the Door to China’s Belt and Road

Inside President Trump’s Untested Re-Election Strategy | Time


Once again, Trump is putting his own instincts at the center of his campaign. The political mercenaries who tried to discipline his impulses in 2016 have been shown the door.

The 2020 campaign is unmistakably Trump’s show. “We all have our meetings,” the President says. “But I generally do my own thing.”

Gone is the rickety operation that eked out an upset victory over Hillary Clinton. In its place, advisers boast, is a state-of-the-art campaign befitting an incumbent President.

Trump’s campaign is gearing up to spend $1 billion, and may well get there. His team has spent more money, earlier in the campaign, than any re-election bid in recent history.

Campaign staff sit in slick offices in a glass-skinned tower overlooking the Potomac River in Arlington, Va. And Trump has won total control of the Republican National Committee, which fought against him for much of 2016.

Source: Inside President Trump’s Untested Re-Election Strategy | Time

Green elites?

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The political family of the European Greens -who sit in the European Parliament under the name of The Greens/European Free Alliance, in coalition with several regionalist parties- was one of the few – if not the only – grouping that could claim victory on the night of last month’s European Parliament elections.

With 75 members, they increased their share of seats in the institution by 50%, from 50 members at the beginning of the 2014 mandate.

Now the fourth largest delegation, many commentators rushed to proclaim a pan-European Green wave, not to mention Green party leaders themselves. However, the numbers might be telling a different story.

Let’s look at the figures: first, the Greens failed to elect any representatives to the European Parliament in twelve Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Among the 2004, 2007 and 2013 enlargement cohort -all Eastern European counties but one, Cyprus- the party elected members in only three countries – the Czech Republic, Latvia and Lithuania.

Source: Green elites?

Trump stages his greatest show yet | POLITICO

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It was everything Donald Trump wanted, and so much more.

The optics-obsessed president was greeted by thousands of adoring supporters when he arrived here on Tuesday to kick off his bid for a second term. In lieu of a red carpet, a sea of red, white and camouflage hats provided the backdrop for his first official campaign rally of the 2020 cycle.

As soon as Trump took the stage in his signature red tie, the crowd seemed pleased to have waited. They greeted him with “USA” chants as he recalled the “movement” he started four years ago.

Source: Trump stages his greatest show yet – POLITICO