October 17, 2017—Japan holds general elections on October 22. Polls suggest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will secure its current large majority of seats. Abe’s personal popularity has sagged due to family and cabinet scandals. Nevertheless, voters welcome an improving local economy and support his plans to strengthen the armed forces and increase education and childcare spending.
September 27, 2017— On Sunday, Germany held general elections for the Bundestag, its lower house of parliament. This election was the last in a series of 2017 European elections in which right-wing, anti-immigrant parties and candidates challenged centrists. Earlier this year, centrists soundly defeated extremists in both the Netherlands and France.