European countries have urged Juan Guaido to hold new elections quickly [Juan Carlos Hernandez/AP]

Some key European Union nations have recognised Venezuela‘s opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president, heightening a global showdown over President Nicolas Maduro‘s rule.

The coordinated move by France, Spain, Germany, Britain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands on Monday came a day after the expiry of an eight-day ultimatum for Maduro to call a new election.

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