With their country caught in a fierce tug-of-war between Russia and the West over a new security order, Ukrainians elected Petro Poroshenko as president Sunday, turning to a pro-European billionaire to lead them out of six months of wrenching turmoil, including a continuing separatist insurrection in the east.
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—France’s far-right National Front party was emerging from Sunday’s European parliamentary elections as the country’s leading political party, a pair of polls showed. Two polling firms projected the anti-immigration National Front would get a quarter of Sunday’s votes with high-profile candidates, including Marine Le Pen, coming out comfortably ahead.
— Exit polls by Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT shows the country’s Feminist Initiative Party entering the European Parliament for the first time. Poll results from SVT on Sunday suggested 7 percent of Swedes back the feminist party, which wants to boost the rights of women and minorities in the European Union.
— The Alternative for Germany, which wants the country to stop using the euro currency, is set to enter the European Parliament after receiving 7 percent of the vote in European elections, according to partial results released late Sunday.
— Former Finance Minister Oscar Ivan Zuluaga finished first in the opening round of Colombia’s presidential election Sunday, delivering a blow to President Juan Manuel Santos’ re-election bid but failing to avoid a runoff ballot with the incumbent.
— Dalia Grybauskaite was re-elected president of Lithuania on Sunday after beating the Social Democrat candidate in a runoff.