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  1. SPAIN: The head of the opposition Socialist party said yesterday that he will step down after dismal results in the European election.

    Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said he took responsibility for the “unreservedly bad” results. The Socialists won 14 seats, down from 23 in 2009.

    The ruling conservative Popular party won the most seats but it too suffered a drop, from 24 to 16. The Socialists will hold a party congress on July 19-20 to name a new leader.



  2. IRISH REPUBLIC: Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore said yesterday he was resigning after voters hammered his party in local and European Elections, with its share collapsing to just 7 per cent.

    The decision by Mr Gilmore, who is also foreign minister and deputy prime minister, raises new doubts over whether the two-party coalition will survive to 2016.

    Mr Gilmore said he would quit rather than face a no-confidence vote.



  3. GREECE: The leader of the Democratic Left party, which pulled out of the government coalition a year ago, said today that he was resigning after his party scraped only just 1.2 per cent of the vote in European Parliament elections.

    Fotis Kouvelis’ party has 14 seats in Greece’s 300-member parliament.

    Democratic Left won 6.25 per cent of the vote in 2012 general elections.



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