The results of the local elections in Italy, the developments in the negotiations for the formation of a government in Germany and the decision of Russia to suspend the operation of its offices in NATO are some of the main issues in the international press.
In Italy: Rome decided yesterday, two days after the majestic anti-fascist demonstration it hosted, to give its mayoralty to the center-left candidate Roberto Gualtieri with a percentage of 60,2%. The Democratic Party, however, did not limit itself to this success. After winning from the very first round in Milan, Naples and Bologna, in collaboration with the Five Star Movement, it also won yesterday in Turin: the PD candidate, Stefano Lorousso, prevailed over the center-right Paolo Damilano with 58,8% versus 41,2%. A real "grand slam" for the PD, after years of electoral sanctions, and a few months after former Prime Minister Enrico Letta took office - the only "but" in this triumph, the very low turnout, below 45 %. The other camp, the alliance of the center-right Forza Italia, the far-right Lega and the post-fascist Brotherhood of Italy, prevailed marginally with 51,3% of the center-left in Trieste, the only other major Italian city called to the polls. The big losers in this election were the League and the Five Star Movement: five years ago he was elected mayor of both Rome and Turin, talking about a new era in Italian politics. This era seems to be coming to an end: in Rome, the outgoing mayor was defeated in the very first round, as she proved unable to offer any prospects to a city suffering from major structural problems and a debt of 12 billion euros, while in Turin the outgoing mayor mayor was not even a candidate.
For Russia - NATORussia has announced it is suspending its mission to NATO in response to the expulsion of eight members from the Alliance last week. The Russian Foreign Minister stressed that the right conditions for diplomatic activities with NATO do not exist, according to the FT.
In GermanyThe "green light" for the participation of the Liberal Party (FDP) in official negotiations for the formation of a coalition government with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Greens in Germany, was given yesterday by the competent party bodies, DW reports. With the consent of the FDP, the way is now open for talks, which are expected to begin in the coming days. Liberal leader Christian Lindner had already discounted not only his party's decision but also the success of the negotiations that followed, as he said, "failure is not an option." He even noted that the new government should be formed as soon as possible. The Social Democrats and the Greens had already in the past few days approved the suggestion of their leaders to participate in the negotiations for the formation of a government.
For pandemic - Britain: The total number of new cases during the last week in the United Kingdom exceeds 300.000, a number increased by 15% compared to the previous one. As for the deaths, they amounted to 852 in the seven days of October 11-17, ie they increased by 8,5% compared to the period 4-10 of the same month. It is noted that officially, the pandemic in the United Kingdom has claimed the lives of 138.584 people out of a total of 8.449.165 reported infections - when in the clearly larger Germany, the cases officially amount to 4.377.845 and the deaths to 94.620. The death toll, in fact, includes only those who died within 28 days of being diagnosed with the virus. Meanwhile, 7.086 patients with Covid-19 continued to be treated in the country's hospitals yesterday. This is despite the fact that over 85% of Britons over the age of 12 have received the first dose of the vaccine, while over 78% have received the second dose.
For Powell: Colin Powell, the first black US Secretary of State, died yesterday at the age of 84 due to complications from Covid-19. Powell was fully vaccinated, his family said. "We lost a special and beloved husband, father, grandfather and a great American," the family said in a statement, without elaborating on his illness, such as if he had other illnesses or had taken a third dose. Powell has been one of the most important African Americans in the United States for decades. He was the first African-American to become the commander-in-chief of the US Armed Forces. Prior to joining the administration, US Secretary of State George W. Bush had been appointed to the top positions by three Republican presidents. Bush was quick to express his grief. "Many presidents have relied on General Powell's advice and experience," he said in a statement. He was so dear to the presidents that he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom - twice ".
For France - Belarus: The French ambassador to Belarus, Nicolas de Bouillon de Lacoste, has left the country at the request of Minsk. A spokesman for the French embassy did not explain why the Russian Foreign Ministry had asked the French ambassador to leave the country. According to Belarusian media, he was deported because he never went to present his credentials to President Alexander Lukashenko, although the embassy announced that the diplomat had submitted his credentials to Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei on December 8, 2020. France - like other EU countries - does not recognize the outcome of the August 9, 2020 presidential election, in which 67-year-old Lukashenko secured a sixth consecutive term.
In the Czech Republic: Milos Zeman is currently unable to perform his duties, the Speaker of the Senate, Milos Vistril, announced yesterday, citing a report from the hospital where the Czech president has been hospitalized for a week. Wistrill said there was little chance that Zeman would return to office soon, adding that parliament should discuss whether to activate the article of the Constitution that transfers presidential duties - including the appointment of a new prime minister, following the recent parliamentary elections. elections - to other officials, Politico reports.
For USA - Georgia: US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin arrived in Georgia yesterday for the first stop on a tour of US allies in the Black Sea to send a message of support to the Russian threat. The first Pentagon chief to visit Georgia since 2014 intends to renew his military training program and demonstrate America's commitment to Tbilisi, which has long wanted to become a full member of NATO, according to the NYTimes. "We reaffirm and strengthen the sovereign rights of states at the forefront of Russian aggression," said a senior Pentagon official shortly before the trip. Russian troops are stationed in two breakaway regions of Georgia, Abkhazia and southern Ossetia, with Moscow vehemently opposing any move to change Tbilisi's affiliation with NATO. The United States has been training the Georgian military for years to develop its operational link with NATO and to strengthen its territorial defenses. The current program ends in December. The Biden government needs to pay more attention to Georgia in order to avoid a possible turn to Russia or China, comments former US diplomat David Kramer. "There is growing concern that this government is flexible in its relations with Moscow." From Tbilisi, Austin will travel to two other countries in the Black Sea region, Ukraine and Romania, with the same message of support for Russia. The Pentagon considers the area of particular interest, especially after the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014. Recently, Russian forces in the area have come dangerously close to NATO forces in the Black Sea. In June, Russian ships and aircraft harassed Dutch and British warships sailing near Crimea.