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    El Pais

    Distrust in elections spreads in democracies around the world

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    1. The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance conducted a survey in 19 countries, revealing widespread distrust of electoral processes, dissatisfaction with government management, and a negative view of judicial systems. The head of the organization described the report as "a wake-up call for democracies."
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    AP News

    German parliament votes to make it easier for people to legally change their name and gender

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    1. The German parliament has approved a law that simplifies the process for transgender, intersex and nonbinary individuals to change their name and gender in official records. The "self-determination law" will take effect on Nov. 1, allowing adults to change their first name and legal gender at registry offices without further formalities, following a three-month notification period.
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    El Pais

    European elections: Which parties are trying to influence the vote through Facebook or Instagram?

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    1. The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity has expressed concern over the potential impact of generative artificial intelligence on the upcoming European elections. This is due to the fact that the technology can produce convincing texts and hyperrealistic videos that could be used to spread false information.
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  4. El Pais

    ‘I was almost a little amused.’ Schäuble’s posthumous memoirs reveal a proposal to overthrow Merkel

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    1. Wolfgang Schäuble, a key figure in German politics for half a century, has posthumously published his memoirs, revealing details about the illegal financing scandal of the Christian Democratic Union that led to Helmut Kohl’s downfall.
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    CNN

    Trump is just days from his first criminal trial after latest legal gambit fails

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    1. Donald Trump is facing the possibility of becoming the first former president to go on criminal trial, with his latest legal defeat moving him closer to having to answer accusations of making hush-money payments ahead of the 2016 election. This is one of four criminal cases against him. In each case, he has pleaded not guilty.
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    Politico

    ‘I won’t dance. Promise,’ says Olaf Scholz as he joins TikTok

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    1. German chancellor Olaf Scholz has joined other political leaders in signing up for TikTok, using the account name @teambundeskanzer.
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    Politico

    JK Rowling, Joe Rogan and Elon Musk are fuming over Scotland’s hate crime law. Here’s why

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    1. The Scottish government has passed a new law to protect groups like transgender people from hate crimes. It criminalizes "stirring up hatred" and adds transgender identity as a protected characteristic.
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    AP News

    After a huge setback in local elections, which way forward now for Turkey's Erdogan?

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    1. The opposition in Turkey made significant gains in the local elections, raising the possibility that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party may reconsider some of their more polarizing policies. The main opposition center-left Republican People’s Party (CHP) retained control of Istanbul and Ankara and also won in conservative provinces.
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    NPR

    Appeals court has lowered Trump's bond in civil fraud case to $175 million

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    1. Former President Donald Trump's hush-money trial will begin on April 15, with jury selection also starting on the same day. Trump has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of falsifying business records to keep an alleged affair secret during the 2016 campaign.
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    AP News

    France's president pounds a punching bag on camera, and Europe notices

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    1. French President Emmanuel Macron's official photographer posted black and white photos of him boxing on social media, which were interpreted as a display of toughness amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The images received mixed reviews; some praised Macron's "warrior" image, while others criticized him as a "narcissist" and "prancing poseur".
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    TIME

    Biden’s campaign is in trouble. Will the turnaround plan work?

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    1. Barack Obama has reportedly warned Joe Biden about the state of his re-election campaign, advising him to move more aggressively and make the race a referendum on Donald Trump. Despite this, Obama has seen few signs of improvement in the campaign.
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    CNN

    Panic mode sets in for Trump as he faces deadline for massive bond

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    1. Former President Donald Trump is struggling to secure a $454 million bond required to appeal his civil fraud case in New York, with the March 25 deadline approaching.
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    TIME

    Why India’s upcoming election will last 44 days

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    1. India is set to hold its next general election over a seven-phase period from April 19 to June 1, with results declared three days later. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a third term after his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, won 303 seats in the 2019 election.
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    CNN

    Putin scores a resounding win, but what’s next for Russia?

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    1. Vladimir Putin has secured a fifth term in office through a national plebiscite, which was seen as a show of national unity. The Russian president has been vague about his plans for his fifth term, evading questions about potential government shake-ups and the tasks ahead.
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    AP News

    The drama in Russia's election is all about what Putin will do with another 6 years in power

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    1. Russia's national election, which is set to end on Sunday, is all but certain to allow Vladimir Putin to remain in office until 2030, giving him a full three decades of leading Russia as either president or prime minister.
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    CNN

    As he sails to re-election, Putin has a succession problem

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    1. Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to secure a fifth term in office in the upcoming nationwide vote, extending his rule to three decades. However, there are no visible preparations for a post-Putin era, raising concerns about Russia's future political stability.
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    TIME

    How a series of scandals are unraveling Japan’s ruling party

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    1. Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party is facing a series of scandals, leading to record-low public approval ratings. The party has been in power for over 70 years, only losing its grip twice in 1993 and 2009.
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    Vox

    The dangerous resurgence of Germany’s far right

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    1. The far-right party Alternative für Deutschland is gaining popularity in Germany, particularly in the eastern regions, due to growing anti-immigration sentiment and dissatisfaction with the current government. The party's support is linked to its message that change is unnecessary and harmful.
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    TIME

    Portugal joins Europe’s shift to the right as populist Chega Party surges in election

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    1. Portugal's far-right Chega party has seen a surge in support, quadrupling its seats in parliament in the national election on Sunday. The party, led by Andre Ventura, now holds close to 50 seats, making it the third-largest party in parliament.
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    El Pais

    Why wokeness has pitched the left into crisis

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    1. The term "woke," which was once used to describe those involved in the fight against social injustice, is now being used as an insult by a growing anti-woke contingent. This includes elements of the right and left who are dissatisfied with the term's current prominence and its perceived lack of universality.
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