September 7, 2016 State Peeps #2: Know Your Heads of State: European Eurasia - They have been for decades moving to the left and now they are pulling back - In European Eurasia most have been between center left and now there’s a very rapid movement to the right - United Kingdom: Teresa May o o leader of the conservative party o center right conservative tories equivalent of the Republican party o just took office in July 2016 o previous prime minister quit o they are a gigantic ally; these two countries really support each other on the world stage o even though she is conservative and Obama is liberal the states themselves supersede whatever differences the two leaders have between each other - what is a prime minister? o difference between prime minister and president: in most cases prime ministers are the true heads of states president is directly elected by the people prime ministers are not directly elected they are first and formost the head of the party they get into power when their party controls the parliament
September 7, 2016 right now in the US more than 50% of people in Congress are republican, if we had a prime minister then it would be a republican leader the prime minister is the actual leader of the government the real power in many countries with a prime minister, there is often a different person (monarch, king, queen) who is “head of state” but they are really just figureheads o some places have a prime minister as well as something else Russia has a prime minister and a president and there the president is who is really in charge Prime ministers often have to form a government or form a coalition government o In the US it’s actually kind of odd to only have two parties o If we had a prime minister situation it would be really weird because we only have the two o When the UK goes to vote they vote for the congress people in parliament Whatever party wins gets to choose the person who will be in charge If you have 3, 4, or 5 parties you might not get someone with more than 50% So let’s say in Britain the the conservative party got 40% and then liberals got 35%, then they go to other parties and see what they say and work together to get more than 50% Why would the smaller parties join another party? They want some power to make themselves bigger o “Netherlands government falling apart!!!!” if the coalition falls apart one part of the combined party gets mad and leaves and then the other party doesn’t have the majority anymore o some places in Europe don’t have a government because they can’t get a majority because they can’t form coalitions; people so divided on parties that they can’t decide how to make a big one Netherlands Spain o France:
September 7, 2016 Has semi-presidential semi-parliament; they have a parliament but they elect the president o Where else do you see prime minister country?
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