Earlier this year, Germany's Free Democrats picked Rainer Brüderle to lead this year's election campaign. But a bad fall and some misteps have handicapped his effort to pull the party out of its slump.
One protester has been shot dead and several people arrested during the latest confrontation with authorities. Honduras has been rocked by violence since President Juan Orlando Hernandez was re-elected in November.
Germany's Angela Merkel has said she is optimistic about forging a deal with the Social Democrats to form a new "grand coalition" government. However, all leaders agreed that the new era requires a new political style.
The German Social Democratic Party (SPD) is to decide at a congress whether to enter coalition talks with Angela Merkel's conservatives. In a speech, leader Martin Schulz called for party unity, whatever the outcome.
In Italy, Berlusconi's conservative coalition has announced plans to slash taxes and drop an overhaul of the pension system. The ex-premier's bloc is leading in the polls ahead of elections in March.
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