Get the latest information on the political landscape, entertainment updates, and health sector in Europe with this Kim Trend Naija news highlight for March! The latest news in Europe that you need to know are the following:
1. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban in a 5-4 decision on Thursday. The justices ruled that the ban, which restricts travel from six Muslim-majority countries and suspends the U.S. refugee program, does not discriminate on the basis of religion.
2. Italy’s government has announced a new coalition government that includes the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the populist, right-wing League party. The two parties previously governed the country together in a coalition, but fell out over the issue of Italy’s role in the euro currency.
3. France’s National Assembly has approved a controversial labor reform bill that will make it easier to fire workers. The bill, which was passed in a 498-to-6 vote, will allow companies to fire workers for any reason, even if it is not related to their job performance. The bill will also allow companies to reduce wages and benefits for workers who are laid off.
4. British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will not step down as leader of the Conservative Party after a vote of no confidence. May said she would remain in her post, despite the loss of her majority in the House of Commons.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced she will be standing for a fourth term in the upcoming federal elections in Germany.
Merkel said that she had reached a “very good agreement” with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the Greens on “key issues” that will govern the next four years.
She added that the coalition agreement with the SPD would allow the party to win a majority in the Bundestag.
Merkel’s current term in office expires in 2021.
In the UK, the Conservative Party is set to win a majority in the House of Commons for the first time in over a decade.
The Conservatives secured 325 seats, while the Labour Party only managed to win 191 seats.
The Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party (SNP) won 18 and 17 seats respectively.
In the EU, the elections were won by the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), which won 272 seats, with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) coming second with 203 seats.
The Green Party won 20 seats, while the Left party won 9 seats.
In France, the centre-right Republicans secured 26 seats, the centre-left Socialists secured 25 seats, and the far-right National Front (FN) won 13 seats.