Breakthrough in Germany coalition talks

German politicians have achieved a breakthrough in talks aimed at forming a new coalition government. The advance paves the way for formal coalition talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their former coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD). The talks focused on differences over tax and migration, German media say. The CDU and its Bavarian CSU ally have […]

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Germany’s Merkel faces tricky task to build government

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel was embarking Monday on a complicated quest to form a new government for Europe’s biggest economy and find answers to the rise of a nationalist, anti-migrant party.Sunday’s election left Merkel’s conservative Union bloc weakened after a campaign that focused squarely on Germany’s leader of the past 12 years. However, the result leaves no other party able […]

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Germany: Climate will last longer than Trump presidency

Threatened as it is, the Earth’s climate will survive longer than Donald Trump’s presidency, Germany’s environment minister said Friday. The U.S. Constitution dictates no more than two terms, federal environmental minister Barbara Hendricks noted to reporters at a San Francisco news conference alongside California Gov. Jerry Brown. “So that’s eight years,” Hendricks said. “I think the climate is going to […]

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China and Germany Unite Against Trump’s Protectionism

Germany and China are cozying up when it comes to free trade, as President Donald Trump threatens to cut Beijing off. After they spoke on the phone Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to “together fight for free trade and open markets,” Agence France-Presse reported.  Their remarks came ahead of a meeting on protectionism between global finance ministers Friday. Economic […]

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Germany slams Turkey over ‘unacceptable’ Nazi jibe

Germany’s chancellery on Monday hit out at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for likening a German ban on rallies by his ministers to “Nazi practices”, calling the comparison “absolutely unacceptable”. “The government will make this very clear” to Turkey, Peter Altmaier, chief of staff at the chancellery, told public broadcaster ARD. “There is absolutely no reason to allow ourselves to […]

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Germany to elect new president; Steinmeier the favorite

A German parliamentary assembly is electing the country’s new president on Sunday, and the country’s former foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, is the overwhelming favorite to win. The German president has little executive power, but is considered an important moral authority. The new head of state will succeed Joachim Gauck, a 77-year-old former pastor and East German pro-democracy activist who isn’t […]

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Germany’s Merkel says refugees must return home once war over

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday tried to placate the increasingly vocal critics of her open-door policy for refugees, insisting that asylum seekers from Syria and Iraq would go home once the conflicts there had ended. Merkel, despite appearing increasingly isolated over her policy, has resisted pressure from some conservatives to cap the influx of refugees, or to close Germany’s […]

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Germany’s Refugee Crisis Is Getting Worse

When Germany announced in August that it would waive United Nations rules and allow Syrian migrants to apply for asylum regardless of how they got there, officials knew to expect a flood of people. Hopeful families were already surging into the country from all over the Middle East, an area crippled by social strife and political chaos. Authorities predicted the […]

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Germany Imposes Emergency Border Controls as Migrants Continue to Arrive

Refugees will only be able to enter with valid passports Germany will begin to enact emergency border protection measures Sunday, allowing entry into Germany only with a valid passport. Up to now, the country has opened its borders to tens of thousands of migrants. Many of them have made Germany their destination, not only because of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s promises […]

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