The Community New Times: Thatcher down, Greens up

Thatcher down, Greens up

Although elections for the European Parliament may still be more symbolic than substantive, the balloting shattered British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's image of invincibility last week. Her Conservative Party suffered its first national defeat in nearly 15 years, capturing only 34.7% of the vote and losing 13 of its 45 European Parliament seats. By contrast, the left- leaning Labor Party totted up 40.2%, stirring dreams among Laborites of ousting Thatcher from power at home.

In West Germany, Chancellor Helmut Kohl's Christian Democrats received a blow as the new right-wing Republican Party, led by a former sergeant in Hitler's Waffen-SS, won 7%...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!