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German election reaction; Brexit negotiation reboot; New tech takeover

Click chart for in-depth premarket data. 1. Meh about Merkel: Angela Merkel won a fourth term as German chancellor but with a reduced share of the vote as a far-right party made major gains. Investors aren’t batting an eye. European markets were largely flat in early trading and the main German index — the Dax — was swinging between minor gains and losses. Asian markets mostly closed the day in negative territory. U.S. stock futures were dipping a bit, but the move down was modest. Merkel, 63, has led the ...

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Germany election: Merkel wins fourth term, exit polls say

Media playback is unsupported on your device German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected for a fourth term in federal elections, exit polls suggest. Her conservative CDU/CSU alliance won 32.5% of the vote, remaining the largest party in Germany’s parliament, according to the ARD poll. Its outgoing coalition partner, the social democratic SPD, said it would go into opposition after winning 20%. In a result which shocked many, the nationalist AfD was on track to win 13.5%, making it the third party. Addressing supporters, Mrs Merkel said she had hoped ...

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Kenya presidential election cancelled by Supreme Court

Media playback is unsupported on your device Kenya’s Supreme Court has annulled the result of last month’s presidential election, citing irregularities, and ordered a new one within 60 days. The ruling makes Kenya the first African country to have a presidential poll invalidated by a court. The election commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes. But the opposition argued that the commission’s IT system had been hacked to manipulate the results. Latest reactions Eight things about the Kenyan elections Chief Justice David ...

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Tory MPs sceptical about PM’s election ambitions

Media playback is unsupported on your device Some Conservative backbenchers have said they do not believe Theresa May will be able to fight the next general election as prime minister. Their comments follow Mrs May’s claim she was “here for the long term”. Labour said she was “deluding herself” – but Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson led her defence, insisting she could win an absolute majority. However, ex-Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said it was “too early to be talking about going on and on”. Reality Check: Japan’s position on UK ...

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General election 2017: Brexit dominated voters' thoughts

It’s no secret that Theresa May lost her majority in June’s election and that Jeremy Corbyn won more seats than expected. But what was really behind the decisions made by the UK’s voters? For the past three years the British Election Study has followed a panel of the same 30,000 voters – asking them hundreds of questions about their political views and choices on 13 occasions. It offers the most detailed look at the issues which most concerned the electorate – and the results are now in. It really was ...

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Tim Farron: I decided to quit before general election

Media playback is unsupported on your device Outgoing Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has revealed he decided to quit several weeks before the general election but did not announce his decision publicly. Mr Farron said he had put the decision “to bed” about two weeks into the campaign, and denied deceiving voters by continuing to fight the election. “I absolutely threw everything at it,” he said. He announced his departure six days after polling day, saying he was “torn” between the leadership and his faith. The Tim Farron story Farron ...

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Theresa May 'shed a tear' at election exit poll

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May has revealed she shed a “little tear” when she learned the result of the election exit poll suggesting she would lose her majority. The prime minister said her husband Philip told her the news – and it came as a “complete shock”. “It took a few minutes for it to sink in,” she told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Emma Barnett, because “we didn’t see that result coming”. “My husband gave me a hug,” she added, and she cried a “little tear”. ...

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G20: Trump and Putin debate US election hack at first meeting

Media playback is unsupported on your device Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have discussed the alleged Russian hacking of last year’s US presidential election during their first meeting. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described the exchanges as “robust”. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Mr Trump had accepted Mr Putin’s assertions that his country was not responsible. But Mr Tillerson said it was not clear whether the two countries would ever come to an agreement on what happened. “I think the president is rightly focused on how do we ...

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General election 2017: May to face Tory backbench critics

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May is likely to face questions about the Conservatives’ election campaign when she meets the party’s backbenchers later. The 1922 committee is also expected to raise concerns about her leadership style, and press for more details on talks with the Democratic Unionists. Mrs May hopes to strike a deal with the DUP to support her minority government. The meeting comes after she finalised her cabinet, with Michael Gove returning as environment secretary. BBC political correspondent Iain Watson says the meeting with the ...

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France election: Macron party set for big parliamentary win

The centrist party of French President Emmanuel Macron looks on course to win a landslide victory following the first round of parliamentary elections. As polls closed, projections showed La Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move) set to win more than 400 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly. Mr Macron’s party was established just over a year ago and many candidates have little or no political experience. The second round of the vote is held next Sunday. Forecasts by two polling organisations gave LREM well over 30% of first round ...

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