The right wing Union for a Popular Movement declared victory and the far right National Front surged.
Chileans voted November 17 for president, both houses of Congress and some local offices. To nobody's surprise, the left "New Majority" coalition and the Socialist and Communist parties made significant advances.
The French elections June 17 produced a decisive victory for President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party.
Portugal has become the first European country to approve the European Union's fiscal compact, known to critics as the "permanent austerity" treaty.
French voters responded positively to the proposal, with recent polls showing a slight uptick in support for Hollande. The prospects of passing such tax-the-rich legislation will depend on parliamentary elections,.
The ruling Socialist Party was severely punished in Portugal's parliamentary elections on June 5.
On Election Day, the governing socialists took a drubbing, losing to the People's Party and its right-wing allies in all provincial governments and most local ones.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Juan Mari Bras, an elder statesman of Puerto Rico's independence movement who gave up U.S. citizenship in an act that inspired hundreds of other activists, died Friday, Sept. 10. He was 82.
Jyoti Basu, a grand man of Indian politics and socialist movement who enjoyed tremendous popularity and respect, died Jan. 17 at age 95.
Presidential and congressional elections on Dec. 13 were bad news for the Chilean left and working class.