Worries on the horizon for Angela Merkel

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From climate change and trembling spells to a trembling government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces many challenges as she returns to office post-vacation. Chancellor Angela Merkel sat down on Wednesday as she welcomed Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda in Berlin to the tune of military … Read More

Germany’s Angela Merkel makes arms export pact with France

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Germany is prepared to compromise its arms export guidelines to facilitate joint defense projects with France, according to an internal government document. France wants to continue selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. Germany is working to loosen its arms export control … Read More

German Cabinet approves revised abortion law

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Under the new abortion law, medical professionals and organizations could state that they carry out abortions. The reform has been criticized by some health professionals who say it prevents access to useful information. The German Cabinet on Wednesday approved a … Read More

Could Angela Merkel’s successor be Europe’s saviour?

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer beat traditionalists to become CDU leader. She would make a vocally pro-European chancellor. ‘If Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer gets a chance, she would be a vocal leader of Germany and Europe – and less prone to silent procrastination than Merkel.’ … Read More

The German Capital at a Crossroads

Berlin is changing. That’s nothing new, of course, but even as integration challenges have resulted in crime in some neighborhoods, others are trying to find ways to avoid the stasis that comes with gentrification. Success is uncertain. Berlin, where the … Read More

German lawmakers push for Syrian refugee deportations

In the wake of a rape case involving Syrians in Germany, conservative lawmakers are demanding the government re-evaluate the security situation in Syria. Criminal refugees should be able to be deported, they say. Who wants to deport refugees from Germany … Read More

‘Europe without Angela Merkel is possible’

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Many EU member states did not agree with her refugee policies, others criticized her austerity stance. Brussels now regards Angela Merkel’s step-by-step withdrawal as a chance for new beginnings, says DW’s Bernd Riegert. For many observers in Brussels, the twilight of … Read More

Jewish supporters of Germany’s far-right AfD see party as means to counter anti-Semitism

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At a nondescript community centre in the city of Wiesbaden on Sunday, dozens of Jews got together to officially form the Jewish faction of the rising right-wing political party in Germany: Alternative for Deutschland (AfD)…writes Orit Arfa/JNS. Members of the … Read More

‘We must move now into doing mode’: Germany’s political mess is annoying business leaders

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–German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s position is looking weaker-than-ever and German business leaders are worried about it. –Merkel’s long-term leadership of Germany – one that has previously earned her the nickname of “Mutti,” or “Mummy,” – has looked increasingly shaky over … Read More

German army mulls recruiting foreign EU nationals to boost recruitment

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While both governing parties supported the idea, the SPD said that citizenship must be given to new soldiers to avoid the risk of it becoming a mercenary army. Germany’s long-understaffed army has a new plan to boost recruitment: allowing foreigners … Read More

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