The Sunday round-up: the political week in 7 tweets

What's been happening this past week in the fast-paced world of politics?

1. Donald Trump's budget tweets

On Thursday evening, the US budget passed in the senate. The budget will pave the way for significant tax cuts, as tweeted by the US president.

 ....This now allows for the passage of large scale Tax Cuts (and Reform), which will be the biggest in the history of our country!

2. Austria’s election

Last Sunday, Austria’s centre-right OVP emerged as the country’s largest party. Its leader, Sebastian Kurz, looks set to become the world’s youngest leader, at the age of 31.

3. Lower Saxony election

Less than a month after Germany’s national election, the state of Lower Saxony went to the polls. The result was a blow to Angela Merkel, as her party lost to the centre-left SPD who made gains. The far-right AfD also made progress at the election, although not to the same extent they gained in September.

4. Mhairi Black’s speech

The House of Commons’ youngest MP, the SNP’s Mhairi Black is known for giving passionate speeches. Her 2015 maiden speech was shared widely on social media.

This week, Black took a strong stance against the Conservatives, calling on the government to “halt” the role out of universal credit. You can watch the speech here:

5. PMQs

This week’s Prime Minister’s Questions was widely seen as a victory for Jeremy Corbyn. The Labour leader attacked the prime minister on wages, the economy and Brexit.

6. That Survation poll

The latest Survation poll puts Labour on 44% - six points ahead of the Conservatives on 38%. Time will tell if the poll is an outlier or if it marks the start of a strong and stable lead.

7. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

In a significant victory for centre-left politics across the globe, New Zealand’s Labour party struck a deal with the New Zealand First party, a move that returns Labour to power after nine years of National-rule. Incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is just 37 years old and only became her party’s leader in the last few months. Can she live up to the hype once in government?

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