an opinion poll released on Saturday showed.Support for Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party has grown since two members were gunned down by unknown assailants this month. The poll by ALCO, for Sunday's Proto Thema newspaper put support for Golden Dawn at 8.8 percent, up from 6.6 percent in a previous poll carried out a month earlier.
When Rob Ford was elected mayor of Toronto in 2010, his bluster and checkered past were widely known. A plurality of voters backed him anyway, eager to shake things up at a City Hall they viewed as elitist and wasteful. Those voters — many from Toronto's conservative-leaning outer neighborhoods — got their wish, and perhaps more turmoil than they expected. Now the loyalty of the mayor's constituency, known as Ford Nation, is being tested as he faces pressure to resign following revelations about his drinking problems and illegal drug use.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has signaled her readiness to accept the Social Democrats' demand for a legal minimum wage in order to secure their agreement to form a governing coalition, as negotiations enter the final stretch. Merkel began preparing her conservatives for a compromise by telling a Christian Democrats youth rally that the 8.50 euros per hour pay floor which the SPD demands "will play a role" in future. "It won't be our vision of a minimum wage," she added, conceding her party was unlikely to get its own way over the SPD on the issue.
Tens of thousands of opponents and supporters of Socialist-led government rallied underscoring the widening political divide and uncertainty in the European Union's poorest country. Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski pledged to stay in power and push with reforms to help the most disadvantaged and raise incomes at a rally organized by the Socialists and their junior coalition partners, the ethnic Turkish MRF party in Sofia. In a separate rally in Bulgaria's second largest city, Plovdiv, thousands of supporters of the main opposition GERB party demanded government's resignation and early election, accusing the government of incompetence and graft. Political analysts said the rallies can deepen the divisions.