New German ‘migration master plan’ delayed as conservatives bicker

posted in: Germany, News

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s new “migration master plan” for Germany was set to be published on Tuesday. At the last moment, apparently amid disagreement with Chancellor Angela Merkel, it has been postponed. Germany’s conservatives have announced a delay to their … Read More

Circular firing squad: Germany’s long-awaited government might yet prove to have critical weaknesses

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The German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) (L), the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) (C) and the Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) (R) hold a discussion in the German parliament on March 22, 2018. © M. Popow / Global Look … Read More

Europe’s Nightmare Awakening the Gold Bull?

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term over the weekend. She struck a deal with the Social Democrats (SPD) to form government. Two-thirds of SPD members backed the deal, despite the threat of a veto. We’re not surprised… Although … Read More

Why Germany must spend more on defense

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets the soldiers of the military honour guard ahead of the welcoming ceremony for Estonia’s Prime Minister Jueri Ratas at the Chancellery in Berlin on June 15, 2017. Sophia Besch is a research fellow at the … Read More

Is this END for Merkel? Signs in Germany the Chancellor is FINALLY losing grip on power

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After eighteen years of being at the helm of the Christian Democratic Union, Angela Merkel could be on the brink of her last hurrah if her governing party’s grand coalition with the SPD is renewed on Sunday. During Berlin’s convention on Monday, … Read More

Multiculturalism is dead – even Merkel warns immigrants ‘fit in or face consequences’

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned immigrants to “integrate or face consequences” in a last desperate bid to gain support for her crisis-stricken coalition as she attempts to cling to power. The Chancellor came under fire for her decision in 2015 to … Read More

GERMANY’S CRISIS: Now anti-migrant AfD become second largest party in shock poll

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GERMANY’S anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) has overtaken the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) for the first time in a national poll to become the second-strongest party, an Insa survey. Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s Christian Democrats (CDU) gained 2.5 percentage points to reach … Read More

Bundestag votes in favor of refugee family reunification limit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel casts her vote in the family reunification motion | Tobias Schwarz/AFP via Getty Images Vote marks progress on particularly contentious issue in ongoing German coalition talks. BERLIN — The German Bundestag voted Thursday in favor of … Read More

German coalition negotiators close to deal on refugees, SPD says

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BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) are close to overcoming a major stumbling block in their talks to form a new coalition government, a senior SPD negotiator said on Monday. The parties are … Read More

Split Social Democrats could sink Merkel’s coalition plans

BERLIN/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) – The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) tried on Tuesday to quash a grassroots rebellion against a blueprint agreed with Angela Merkel’s conservatives to enter formal talks on a “grand coalition” which could scupper her plan for … Read More

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