November 5, 1989 |
A small group of Hungary's Social Democrats broke away from the main party at its first congress in four decades, blaming the leadership for being too liberal and bourgeois. Budapest Radio said 60 to 65 delegates led by lawyer Gyoergy Ruttner walked out on the second day of the 600-member congress to form an Independent Social Democratic Party.
March 3, 1986
West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl's Christian Democratic Union sustained heavy losses in the first of a series of electoral tests preceding Kohl's bid for reelection next January. Results from municipal elections in the northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein showed the party's vote dropping to 44.2% from 50.1% in 1982--its worst showing there since 1962. The opposition Social Democratic Party increased its share to 40.3% from 34.
March 14, 1995
Finns will hold parliamentary elections Sunday in which the Social Democratic Party is expected to rebound into leadership. Political analysts predict a Social Democrat-led coalition government, with party leader Paavo Lipponen, a 53-year-old political scientist and journalist, as prime minister. Lipponen is credited with rebuilding his party--which was the loser in Finland's 1991 parliamentary elections--after taking over the leadership last year.
September 20, 1994
Bavarians go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new Parliament in the final state vote before Germany's federal election Oct. 16. The conservative Christian Social Union, which exists only in Bavaria and serves as a junior partner in the ruling national coalition, is expected to maintain its long hold on the state's government. The Social Democratic Party, challenging Chancellor Helmut Kohl on the national level in October, is receiving only 29% support in polls in Bavaria.
June 10, 1989
Antonio Macedo, 82, a former leader of the Portuguese Socialist Party who retired from politics in 1987 but remained honorary president of the party. Party officials declared a 48-hour halt to campaigning for the European Parliament elections out of respect for Macedo. Leading candidates from the governing Social Democratic Party and the conservative Social and Democratic Center also halted their campaigns in honor of his role in establishing Portuguese democracy. Portuguese President Mario Soares praised him as "a good and generous man . . . who fought for liberty and democracy."
June 3, 1991 |
The Social Democrats, defeating Chancellor Helmut Kohl's conservative party for the third time this year, won elections Sunday in the city-state of Hamburg, official results showed. The Social Democratic Party, or SPD, garnered 48% of the vote, giving it 61 seats in the 121-seat Hamburg Parliament--a narrow majority.