According to UN estimates, around 13,000 people have died there since 2014

According to UN estimates, around 13,000 people have died there since 2014

Mitsotakis wants to cut taxes for companies from 28 to 20 percent. Over a period of four years, so that the country’s international creditors do not worry. "Only the upswing will bring us better wages and higher pensions"he said on the Friday before the European elections.

This news has reached the economy: The Athex stock market index has meanwhile turned up 6.1 percent. At the same time, the prospect of new elections dropped the capital market interest rate there to a record low. On Monday, the interest rate on Greek government bonds with a term of ten years fell to 3.02 percent. This is the lowest level ever measured by the Bloomberg news agency, which is also a provider of market data. The data go back to 1998.

Kiev (AP) – After an unprecedented election success in the history of the independent Ukraine, the pro-Western President Volodymyr Selenskyj wants to lead the country out of the crisis with a parliamentary majority.

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The 41-year-old not only won a majority on the list of his Servants of the People party, which is aspiring to join the EU and NATO, but also a surprising number of direct seats.

Zelenskyi can govern with more than 240 of the 424 members of parliament without a coalition partner, as his party announced. The official vote count continued on Monday.

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The electoral commission in Kiev spoke of a proper course of the vote on Sunday. The observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) also praised the election in the ex-Soviet republic as democratic. It was transparent and well organized. Zelenskyi had spoken of possible coalition negotiations on election Sunday. Now he can rule alone with an absolute majority.

No party in the ex-Soviet republic has achieved this since its independence. After evaluating more than 60 percent of the ballot papers, Zelenskyi’s party with the name Servant of the People (Sluha Narodu) was just under 42.68 percent on Monday afternoon. According to observers, a whole generation of MPs was voted out of office during the vote, and they have had a say in political events in the crisis country over the past 20 years.

The expectations of Zelenskyi are now high. During the election campaign, his party promised to end the war in the east of the impoverished country and to fight corruption. The former actor confirmed this goal on election evening. The head of state said the priority task was also to bring Ukrainian prisoners back from Russia.

With the early election, Zelenskyi achieved his goal of creating his own power base in parliament with his new party. So far, Servants of the People has not been represented in the Supreme Rada, which hindered Zelenskyi’s planned reforms from being implemented. However, it achieved its success with the lowest voter turnout in the recent history of Ukraine.research paper on community service Not even half of the 30 million eligible voters cast their votes.

Originally, the parliament was not to be re-elected until October. Zelenskyi preferred the vote because there was no longer a coalition capable of governing in the Rada.

The second strongest force was the pro-Russian opposition platform with just under 13 percent of the vote. Party leader Yuri Boiko said the election would bring crisis-ridden Ukraine back on a peaceful and normal path. In third place came the European Solidarity party of ex-President Petro Poroshenko. She got around eight percent.

In total, five of the 22 parties made it over the five percent hurdle. Among them were the Fatherland Party of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Timschenko and the voice of the rock singer Svyatoslaw Wakarchuk.

There were hopeful reactions from Germany. Selenskyj now has a strong mandate for his ambitious reform agenda, said CDU chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in Berlin. "We expect that he will now resolutely tackle these reforms in order to fulfill the hopes placed in him by the Ukrainians."

The Green Bundestag member and Eastern Europe expert Manuel Sarrazin said in Kiev: "The election result in Ukraine is nothing more than a small revolution." He saw that "political personnel previously viewed as corrupt and untrustworthy" thus as punished. For example, the party of Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman and four ministers failed at the five percent hurdle.

From the point of view of the foreign policy spokesman of the AfD parliamentary group Armin-Paulus Hampel, the election result is further evidence of a pan-European rock shift in the voting behavior of the population. "The much maligned, so-called "populist parties" are also there in an unmistakable zone of advancement", it was said.

The Eastern European Commissioner for the Left Group, Alexander Neu, said: "Whatever the power balance in the new Ukrainian parliament, Berlin must ensure that Kiev is released from the transatlantic and EU embrace so that President Zelenskyi has a chance to strike a balance with Moscow."

Initial reactions from neighboring Russia were initially cautious. Zelenskyi still has to show political maturity, wrote foreign policy expert Konstantin Kosachev on Facebook. "Political childhood and youth is over for President Zelenskyi. Now comes the time of real responsibility"said the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Russian House of Lords.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow appealed to the new parliament to use the vote of confidence carefully for peaceful purposes and for the benefit of the whole country. Foreign politician Leonid Kalashnikov saw the success of the pro-Russian opposition platform as a positive sign that it would work to improve relations with Moscow.

After the Russian annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea a good five years ago and because of the fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government troops in the east of the country, they are shattered. According to UN estimates, around 13,000 people have died there since 2014. A new ceasefire has been in effect in the war zone since Sunday. Both sides of the conflict accused each other of breaching the ceasefire on Monday.

London (AP) – Was it the new love or the prospect of the office of prime minister? Former British Foreign Secretary and Brexit spokesman Boris Johnson has undergone a noticeable change in recent months.

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The once full belly receded, the blond mane on his head became a passable hairstyle. The otherwise inevitable verbal missteps did not materialize.

Johnson has reportedly been separated from his wife for a few months and is said to be in a relationship with a media expert who is more than 20 years his junior. But there are many indications that he was already preparing intensively for the foreseeable race to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, who resigned on Friday. He is currently considered a favorite for the top job.

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Shortly after May announced her resignation in London on Friday, he threatened to leave the EU without an agreement. At a conference in Switzerland, he said, according to local reporters: "Of course I am applying to be prime minister." And further: "To get a good deal, you have to prepare for a no-deal. In order to achieve something, you have to be ready to leave the other behind."

Many consider this a bluff. There are some arguments against Johnson using this strategy to obtain concessions from the EU until the end of the exit period on October 31. Brussels immediately made it clear that the Brexit deal negotiated with May and rejected three times by the British Parliament cannot be untied again.

In the struggle to leave the EU, Johnson often had his proverb turned into the opposite "You can’t have your cake and eat it" – for example: you can’t eat and store your cake at the same time – trying hard. Johnson thought it was fine. This meant that Great Britain could leave the EU and shake off the obligations of membership, but still enjoy its advantages. This approach has been vehemently rejected as cherry-picking by Brussels and there are no indications that anything should change about it.

Should there actually be a no-deal Brexit, devastating consequences for the British economy and many other areas of life are expected. What if Johnson’s rumble started an irreversible spiral in the direction of a disorderly exit? Even after the narrow Brexit vote by the British in 2016, many rumored that Johnson himself was surprised by the outcome and did not want to leave the EU at all.

For a short time it looked like Johnson was already reaching for the office of prime minister, but things turned out differently. He had to withdraw from the race for lack of support. Many did not consider him suitable for the office of prime minister. The victorious Theresa May made Johnson Foreign Secretary at the time, probably to keep him in check. But when May called an early parliamentary election and suffered a defeat, he more and more dared to take cover. He repeatedly drove her publicly with his Brexit ideas in the parade, finally he threw it down.

Johnson hadn’t cut a particularly good figure as Secretary of State. The 54-year-old is anything but a born diplomat. The list of his missteps is long. It is not always clear whether he intentionally smashes china or out of ignorance.

Johnson made inglorious headlines, for example, when he spoke about the former Libyan IS stronghold of Sirte as a potential tourist paradise at a British Conservative party conference. "All you have to do is clear away the bodies"Johnson joked. The outrage was similar when he recited a colonial poem in a Buddhist temple in Myanmar during an official visit in which a Buddha statue was used as a "Idol made of mud" referred to as. "Not appropriate"the British ambassador hissed at him.

His failures before the Brexit referendum were also bad. He compared the ambitions of the EU with the aspirations for great power by Hitler and Napoleon. He reviled Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a frivolous poem about a goat. He promised the British that in the event of a Brexit, he would put 350 million pounds (almost 400 million euros) in EU contributions per week into the health system. However, he did not mention that London is getting a large part of its contributions back anyway. In this case, he even faces legal consequences.

It became apparent early on that he was not so strict about the truth. His first job as a journalist for the renowned daily newspaper "The Times" he lost because he deliberately falsified a quote. But if something runs like a red thread through Johnson’s biography, it is the realization that his missteps are quickly forgotten. The competition sheet "The Telegraph" received him with open arms and sent him to Brussels. From there he wrote countless stories in which he portrayed the EU as an incompetent, self-serving bureaucracy monster. He later became editor-in-chief of the magazine "Spectator", then MP.

If Johnson, who is enormously popular with the party base, actually wants to become Prime Minister, he must first be shortlisted by the conservative parliamentary group. There are reports that many still doubt his character aptitude for the job. On the other hand, he is trusted more than anyone else to defeat both the right-wing competition from Nigel Farage’s Brexit party and the old left and Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn in an election.

Despite being born into a wealthy family, Johnson has a knack for addressing the common man. Much is show. Johnson is part of the establishment. He attended the elite boarding school Eton, studied in Oxford and was temporarily president of the Oxford Union debating club and a member of the bullingdon club, which has been decadently decried.

Just becoming Prime Minister is not enough for him, his sister Rachel once joked. As a child, he always called the world king as a career aspiration. Now maybe it could be the prime minister after all.

New York / Washington (AP) – In the dispute with the Democrats over the disclosure of his finances, US President Donald Trump suffered another defeat.

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