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Social democracy is a political, social and economic philosophy that supports economic and social interventions to promote social justice within the framework of a liberal democratic polity and a capitalist-oriented mixed economy. The protocols and norms used to accomplish this involve a commitment to representative and participatory democracy, measures for income redistribution, regulation of the economy in the general interest and social welfare provisions. Due to longstanding governance by social democratic parties during the post-war consensus and their influence on socioeconomic policy in the Nordic countries, social democracy has become associated with the Nordic model and Keynesianism within political circles in the late 20th century. It has also been seen by some political commentators as a synonym for modern socialism and as overlapping with democratic socialism.

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North Macedonia postpones April 12 election over coronavirus

North Macedonia's political parties have decided to postpone an April 12 parliamentary election due to the coronavirus outbreak, Zoran Zaev, the head of the ruling Social Democrats and former prime..
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As migrants try to reach EU, Germany's left calls for 'pact of humanity'

Social Democrat state premieres on Saturday called for Germany to take in vulnerable refugees from crowded reception camps in Greece, in the latest sign of discord in the ruling coalition over the..
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German SPD, Greens seek state vote win after Merkel party crisis

A leadership crisis in Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party could help her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners and the environmentalist Greens hold on to power in the northern German city..
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North Macedonia parliament dissolves, sets poll date, after EU shuns talks

North Macedonia's parliament dissolved itself on Sunday and set April 12 for an early election, eight months ahead of the end of the current term, in what is seen as a major test for the pro-EU..
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Croatia's opposition candidate wins presidential vote: partial results

Former prime minister Zoran Milanovic, candidate of the main opposition Social Democrats, looked set to win Croatia's presidential election on Sunday, according to partial results.
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Croats vote to elect new president in tight race

Croatia is voting on Sunday to elect a new president in a race between candidates from the ruling conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the main opposition party the Social Democrats.
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Finland's Social Democrats name Marin to be youngest ever prime minister

Finland's Social Democrats, who lead the five-party coalition government, picked 34-year-old transportation minister Sanna Marin to become the country's youngest ever prime minister next week, taking..
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Finland's Social Democrats set to pick PM candidate on Sunday

Finland's Social Democrats, who lead the five-party government, will hold a council meeting on Sunday, Dec. 8 where they are set to pick a candidate for prime minister after incumbent Antti Rinne was..
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Don't rush out of coalition, warns popular German SPD youth boss

The influential leader of Germany's Social Democrat (SPD) youth wing warned on Wednesday that the party should not be hasty in walking out of government, a marked change in tone from someone known as a..
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Factbox: German SPD leaders' wish-list to save Merkel coalition

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition may collapse because of new demands put to her conservatives from a new leftist Social Democrat (SPD) leadership chosen by party members on Saturday.
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Finland's government resigns as PM loses trust of coalition partner

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne resigned on Tuesday after the Center Party, a member of the governing five-party coalition, said it had lost confidence in the Social Democrat leader in the wake of a..
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Finnish PM seen quitting after losing trust of coalition partner

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne looked likely to resign on Tuesday after the Centre Party, a member of his governing five-party coalition, said it had lost confidence in the Social Democrat leader.
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Sweden Democrats surge in poll, Social Democrats still most popular

Support for the anti-immigration nationalist Sweden Democrats has surged among voters since the last election, but the Social Democrats remain the most popular party, a poll published on Tuesday..
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Finland's PM Rinne in crisis talks with Centre allies over his future

Finland's Social Democrat Prime Minister Antti Rinne held crisis talks on Tuesday morning with the Centre Party, one of five parties in the ruling coalition, aiming to head off a threat that could..
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Merkel ready to talk to SPD, but no coalition renegotiation planned: spokesman

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is ready to talk to and work with the new leaders of her junior coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), but new negotiations on their ruling alliance are not..
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Make up your minds, Merkel protegee tells new SPD leaders

The coalition deal forming the basis of Germany's ruling alliance is not up for renegotiation and the new leaders of the Social Democrats (SDP) must decide whether or not they want to stay in..
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Incoming German SPD leader: don't have to leave coalition immediately

Germany's incoming Social Democrat (SPD) co-leader Norbert Walter-Borjans said on Saturday the party did not have to decide on immediately walking out of its coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's..
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Number of grand coalition-opposed Social Democrats very small: finance minister

Olaf Scholz, Germany's finance minister, said he was optimistic that his party's governing coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives will hold after a leadership vote.
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Romania's President Iohannis wins re-election

Romania's centrist President Klaus Iohannis easily won a presidential runoff vote on Sunday as expected, crushing his socialist challenger on a pledge to restart a judicial reform slowed down by..
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Romania's Iohannis hopes for new presidential term to boost rule of law

Romanians look set on Sunday to re-elect centrist president Klaus Iohannis, who has pledged to step up a fight against corruption and restart a judicial reform slowed down by successive Social Democrat..
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Romania's Iohannis wins presidential ballot, will face runoff

Romania's incumbent President Klaus Iohannis won the first round of a presidential election on Sunday, and is likely to face opposition Social Democrat leader and former Prime Minister Viorica Dancila..
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Romanian PM-designate expects to win confidence vote that is key for EU policymaking

Romanian Prime Minister-designate Ludovic Orban said he expected several deputies from the rival Social Democratic camp to help his centrist minority cabinet win a parliamentary vote of confidence on..
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German coalition needs to prove its worth: Finance Minister Scholz

Germany's ruling grand coalition needs to show it is in step with the times and can deliver in the next two years, Finance Minister and Social Democrat (SPD) leadership candidate Olaf Scholz told the..
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Romanian lawmakers topple PM Dancila's government

Romanian lawmakers toppled the Social Democrat government of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Thursday, opening way for a transitional government until a parliamentary election in late 2020,..
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Merkel's conservatives lose support, SPD allies gain: poll

Support fell for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives over the past week but rose slightly for their Social Democrat coalition partners after the ruling alliance agreed a package of measures to..
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Germany to extend halt on arms exports to Saudi: government source

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government will extend a halt on arms exports to Saudi Arabia, a German government source said on Monday, pointing to the war in neighbouring Yemen and the Social Democrats'..
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German Finance Minister Scholz vows to respect any SPD decision to quit Merkel's coalition

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Thursday he would respect any decision by his centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) to quit conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition.
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Narrow escapes in state votes earn big German parties a few months' relief

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners turned their sights with some relief on new hurdles months down the road after withstanding a..
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Merkel allies weather far-right surge in German regional elections

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners held off a surge in far right support in two state elections in eastern Germany on Sunday, averting an..
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Setback for German coalition as far right surges in regional elections

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners bled support to the far right in two state elections in eastern Germany on Sunday, dealing a double blow to her..
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Far-right surge in east German votes could jolt Merkel's coalition

Elections in two east German states on Sunday are set to show a surge in support for the far right and raise the pressure on conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel's Social Democrat (SPD) coalition..
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Romanian President says there are solutions if government fails confidence vote

Romania's centrist President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that there were transition solutions until a scheduled parliamentary election next year if the Social Democrat government fails to win..
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Romanian government looks unlikely to survive confidence vote after it loses ally

Romania's Social Democrat (PSD) minority government may not survive an expected no-confidence vote next month after its sole potential partner said on Tuesday it would not lend support.
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Romania's ruling PSD party loses majority after ally quits

Romania's ruling Social Democrats (PSD) lost their fragile parliamentary majority on Monday after a junior ally quit government over policy, leaving them vulnerable to a confidence vote.
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German finance minister Scholz ready to seek SPD leadership: spokeswoman

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has told interim leaders of his Social Democrats (SPD) that he would be ready to run for the leadership of the center-left party, a party spokeswoman told Reuters on..
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Czech president rejects minister nominee in row with government party

Czech President Milos Zeman rejected on Wednesday the nominee for culture minister proposed by the junior government partners, the Social Democrats, in a dispute that has threatened Prime Minister..
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Thousands rally in Romania on anniversary of violent protest

Tens of thousands of protesters rallied peacefully against the ruling Social Democrat government in the capital, Bucharest, on Saturday on the one-year anniversary of a violent protest where riot..
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Czech 2020 budget talks stall, Social Democrats want more funds

Czech government talks on the 2020 budget hit a wall on Wednesday after the junior ruling party Social Democrats rejected current plans and said its ministries were around 20 billion crowns ($870..
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Romania's top court overturns criminal code changes

Romania's Constitutional Court on Monday struck down changes to the criminal code made by the ruling Social Democrats that would have halted many anti-graft cases in one of the European Union's most..
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Czech government spat over minister drags on, president to decide on post in August

Czech President Milos Zeman will decide in August on whether to accept the Social Democrats' preferred pick for culture minister, a personnel move at the heart of a dispute rattling the ruling..
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Merkel 'in good health' and ready to serve full term: chief of staff

Chancellor Angela Merkel is in good health and on track to serve her full term in office through to 2021 in coalition with her Social Democrat (SPD) governing allies, her chief of staff told Reuters on..
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Most Social Democrats to back von der Leyen as commission president: party sources

Two-thirds of the European Parliament's Social Democratic members will vote in favor of Ursula von der Leyen's appointment to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, party..
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Czech Social Democrats dig in heels over minister nominee, threatening government

The Czech Republic's junior coalition party the Social Democrats said on Monday they were sticking with their preferred candidate for culture minister, prolonging a spat that is threatening the..
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Merkel ally Schaeuble says her CDU could govern alone if SPD quits coalition

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative alliance could rule alone if their Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners quit the government, said former finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who is now..
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Romania graft trials may need restart as court sides with ruling party

Romania's Constitutional Court issued a ruling on Wednesday that could mean many current corruption trials have to restart from scratch, siding with the governing Social Democrats (PSD) in a dispute..
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Romania's government survives no-confidence vote

Romania's Social Democrat (PSD) coalition government survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote on Tuesday, strengthening Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's chances of being confirmed as PSD leader at a..
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German SPD's record low in poll puts strain on Merkel's coalition

Support for Germany's Social Democrat (SPD) party, a junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition, has slumped to a record low, a poll showed on Saturday, piling more pressure on it to quit..
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Finnish president appoints new center-left coalition government

Finland's president formally appointed on Thursday a new center-left government, with Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne replacing the Centre Party's Juha Sipila as prime minister.
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