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Spain's Sanchez loses first bid to be confirmed as PM, eyes Thursday vote

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez failed on Tuesday in a first attempt to get parliament's backing to form a government, leaving him two days to try and strike a deal with the far-left Unidas Podemos ahead of a second vote.

Bruised but driven, Netanyahu becomes Israel's longest-serving PM

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Benjamin Netanyahu makes history this weekend by becoming the longest-serving Israeli prime minister, surpassing a record held by the country's founding father David Ben-Gurion.

Spain PM's talk of breakdown raises concern of repeat election

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's caretaker prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, called an end on Monday to power-sharing talks with the only major political party offering to govern with him, magnifying the risk that Spaniards will be asked to vote again in the autumn.

A man in a hurry - Belgium's PM Michel named EU Council chief

BRUSSELS(Reuters) - Belgian liberal Charles Michel, who was elected by EU leaders on Tuesday as the next chair of EU summits, does not believe in hanging around.

Austria passes smoking ban, snuffing out fallen government's flagship policy

VIENNA (Reuters) - Parliament on Tuesday passed a ban on smoking in Austria's bars and restaurants, extinguishing a flagship policy of the recently collapsed right-wing government which had scrapped the measure after it was already on the statute books.