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Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Sudden Star, Gets Set to Govern

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Sudden Star, Gets Set to Govern

Jacinda Ardern at Labour’s headquarters at Parliament House in Wellington, New Zealand, in August. She became the head of the party just 10 weeks ago, and now, at 37, she’s about to lead the country.
Japan Ranks Low in Female Lawmakers. An Election Won’t Change That.

Japan Ranks Low in Female Lawmakers. An Election Won’t Change That.

Kaori Ishikawa, a candidate for parliament, during a campaign rally in Obihiro, Japan.
Argentina’s Leader, Mauricio Macri, Bolstered by Election Results

Argentina’s Leader, Mauricio Macri, Bolstered by Election Results

President Mauricio Macri of Argentina sharing a selfie with a supporter after casting his vote in midterm elections in Buenos Aires on Sunday.
Argentina’s President Says Election Gains Bolster His Reform Plan

Argentina’s President Says Election Gains Bolster His Reform Plan

President Mauricio Macri of Argentina spoke to journalists after casting his vote in Buenos Aires on Sunday. On Monday, Mr. Macri hailed the election results as a show of support for his agenda.
Far-Right Upsets Tradition of Consensus in New German Parliament

Far-Right Upsets Tradition of Consensus in New German Parliament

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany faced criticism from former coalition partners during the first session of the newly elected Parliament.
Australia Deputy Leader Among 5 to Lose Seats Over Citizenship

Australia Deputy Leader Among 5 to Lose Seats Over Citizenship

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce in May in Canberra, Australia. Though he was ruled ineligible to have run, he has since renounced his dual citizenship, meaning he can try to retain his seat in a
Spain Dismisses Catalonia Government After Region Declares Independence

Spain Dismisses Catalonia Government After Region Declares Independence

Independence supporters gathered outside the Catalan Parliament in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday.
Iceland Goes to Polls Amid Scandals, Disgust and Distrust

Iceland Goes to Polls Amid Scandals, Disgust and Distrust

Former Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson. Driven from office in the Panama Papers leak, he has returned in this campaign.
Catalonia’s Ousted Leader Calls for Peaceful Defiance

Catalonia’s Ousted Leader Calls for Peaceful Defiance

Demonstrators gathered in central Madrid on Saturday to protest Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence.
Spain Is a Collection of Glued Regions. Or Maybe Not So Glued.

Spain Is a Collection of Glued Regions. Or Maybe Not So Glued.

Independence supporters outside the Catalan government building on Friday in Barcelona.
Jerusalem Memo: Is the End of Israeli Democracy Nigh? Israelis Debate Its Future

Jerusalem Memo: Is the End of Israeli Democracy Nigh? Israelis Debate Its Future

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, responding to a stinging critique last week by President Reuven Rivlin, sitting next to him, at the opening of the winter session of Parliament in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem Memo: Is the End of Israeli Democracy Nigh? Israelis Debate Its Future

Jerusalem Memo: Is the End of Israeli Democracy Nigh? Israelis Debate Its Future

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, responding to a stinging critique last week by President Reuven Rivlin, sitting next to him, at the opening of the winter session of Parliament in Jerusalem.
Venezuela’s Two Legislatures Duel, but Only One Has Ammunition

Venezuela’s Two Legislatures Duel, but Only One Has Ammunition

Venezuela’s National Assembly and Constituent Assembly meet in the same wing of the Capitol in Caracas, though at different times of day to ensure no unpleasant encounters occur in the corridors.
In U.K.’s Clubby Parliament, Abuse Complaints May Be Used as Weapons

In U.K.’s Clubby Parliament, Abuse Complaints May Be Used as Weapons

Britain’s first secretary of state, Damian Green, an important ally of Prime Minister Theresa May, is fighting allegations of sexual harassment.
In U.K.’s Clubby Parliament, Abuse Complaints May Be Used as Weapons

In U.K.’s Clubby Parliament, Abuse Complaints May Be Used as Weapons

Britain’s first secretary of state, Damian Green, an important ally of Prime Minister Theresa May, is fighting allegations of sexual harassment.
Catalonia’s Independence Bid Shows Signs of Strain as Coalition Splits

Catalonia’s Independence Bid Shows Signs of Strain as Coalition Splits

A protest in front of the Catalan government building in Barcelona, Spain, during a regional general strike on Wednesday.
Angela Merkel’s Tortuous Path Toward a German Coalition

Angela Merkel’s Tortuous Path Toward a German Coalition

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on her way to negotiations this week on a new goverment.
Marine Le Pen Loses French Parliamentary Immunity Over Tweets

Marine Le Pen Loses French Parliamentary Immunity Over Tweets

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front, at the French National Assembly last month.
Marine Le Pen Loses French Parliamentary Immunity Over Tweets

Marine Le Pen Loses French Parliamentary Immunity Over Tweets

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front, at the French National Assembly last month.
Angela Merkel’s Tortuous Path Toward a German Coalition

Angela Merkel’s Tortuous Path Toward a German Coalition

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on her way to negotiations this week on a new goverment.