Germany’s election results reverberated across the country’s political spectrum.
Alternative for Germany, the far-right party that is now the third-largest group in Parliament, is already mired in a leadership tussle. Frauke Petry, above, the party’s leader, announced that she would not join its caucus in Parliament, prompting calls for her to quit the party.
Chancellor Angela Merkel began talks with the Greens and the Free Democrats to form a three-party coalition, which, analysts say, risks slowing down eurozone integration. Her erstwhile coalition partners, the Social Democrats, ruled out staying in government.
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, could address these added hurdles to his plan to revitalize the E.U. in a policy speech scheduled today.
• An expected strong “yes” vote in the Iraqi Kurds’ referendum on independence is not likely to lead to a separate state anytime soon.
It could provide Kurdish leaders with leverage in talks with the central government in Baghdad, in particular over the contested status of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
Meanwhile, in neighboring Syria, even some longtime rebel supporters have grown war-weary and started to embrace the inevitable: President Bashar al-Assad looks as though he is there to stay.
One of our editors spent some time with a group of Kurdish refugees who were resettled in County Leitrim, Ireland. The traditional Irish sport of hurling helped some integrate.