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Merkel Reaches ‘Costly’ Deal to Form Coalition Government

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 1:00pm 2/8/2018 at 1:00pm
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Chancellor Angela Merkel has finally reached a coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD) four months after her conservative bloc failed to win a majority in German elections. The deal forced Merkel to hand over key ministries and make painful concessions to her left-wing coalition partner. The details of the final...

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Divided EU Won’t Back Abbas on Palestinian ‘Statehood’

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:00am 1/24/2018 at 7:00am
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Study: Refugees Behind Surging Violent Crimes in Germany

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 3:00pm 1/4/2018 at 3:00pm
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Unregulated migration may be responsible for the rise in violent crimes in Germany, a study commissioned by the German government claims. The researchers used the state of Lower Saxony to examine the correlation between the refugee arrivals and violent crimes between 2014 and 2016, a period during which such crimes surged by 10.4 percent....

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Turkey’s bad behavior may be rewarded with German Customs Union

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 2:00pm 12/27/2017 at 2:00pm
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A week after voting against Israel at the United Nations, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel is proposing an ambitious plan to strengthen relations with the Erdogan regime in Turkey. Gabriel, who also serves as Germany’s Vice Chancellor, wants an EU-wide customs union with Turkey, a move aimed at bringing the Muslim-majority country ‘...

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EU Launches Disciplinary Proceedings Against Poland

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11:30am 12/21/2017 at 11:30am
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The European Union has launched disciplinary proceedings against Poland, accusing the county of breaching the EU’s “core values” over a series of judicial reforms passed by the Polish parliament.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive body, triggered Article 7, also dubbed as the “Nuclear Option.” The process could lead to economic sanctions and...

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Germany: Merkel to Hold New Round of Talks in Bid to Form Coalition

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 12:30pm 12/5/2017 at 12:30pm
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Two weeks ago, Angela Merkel’s attempt to form a three-way coalition came to an abrupt end after her traditional ally, pro-Business Free Democrats (FDP), unexpectedly walked out of the talks, citing irreconcilable differences over immigration and other key issues. After failing to form the government in the first round, Merkel will...

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Catalonia Declares Independence From Spain, Madrid Imposes Direct Rule

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 27, 2017 at 5:30pm 10/27/2017 at 5:30pm
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In a largely symbolic vote, the Catalonian parliament voted for independence from Spain on Friday, which caused the Spanish Senate to allow Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy direct rule over the region. From The Wall Street Journal:

The separatist legislators said Catalan voters gave them a mandate for the declaration in an Oct....

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Anti-Establishment “Trump-style” Billionaire Wins Czech Election

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 11:12am 10/22/2017 at 11:12am
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It is getting lonely for Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel on the European stage as another EU member country elects an anti-establishment government. Less than a week after the stunning electoral performance by  Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party, the Czech Republic has elected the anti-EU candidate Andrej Babis and his party in yesterday’s...

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Germany: Merkel Gov, Media Slam Trump on Iran Nuke Deal

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 11:30am 10/15/2017 at 11:30am
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Not just former US President Obama, Chancellor Merkel of Germany, too, regards the nuclear deal with Iran as her greatest diplomatic accomplishment. The prominent German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung summed up the central role played by the Merkel government, writing, “Among all the parties working to bring about a negotiated deal, Germans enjoyed...

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What Could Go Wrong? Merkel’s New Foreign Policy Chief Organized Her Refugee Policy

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:00am 10/13/2017 at 7:00am
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel promoted the architect of her open borders policy to her new chief foreign policy adviser. Merkel’s hand-picked Jan Hecker, widely regarded as the man enforcing Germany’s ill-advised refugee policy, has no foreign policy experience. Mainstream media that nitpicked President Trump on every single appointment, is...

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Europe: Tunisia Turning into the New “Springboard” for Illegal Migrants

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 1:00pm 10/11/2017 at 1:00pm
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The North African country of Tunisia is turning into a “springboard” for illegal immigrants trying to get to Europe, according to the German newspaper Die Welt. The Muslim-majority country, destabilized in the wake of the “Arab Spring”, was becoming a serious security threat to Europe since the Tunisian government was encouraging its...

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EU Silent Over Spain’s Crackdown on Catalonia Independence Vote

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 1:00pm 10/3/2017 at 1:00pm
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A series of strikes and protests have disrupted the economic life in Catalonia, Spain’s wealthiest and most industrialized region. The protests come after Spanish police cracked down on Sunday’s independence referendum held in Catalonia region, which Madrid declared as illegal. Catalan authorities say around 900 people were injured after police raided polling stations, carrying...

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What Four More Years of Merkel Mean

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11:30am 9/26/2017 at 11:30am
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At the White House press briefing yesterday, a German reporter wanted to know why President Trump hasn’t called Chancellor Merkel to congratulate her on election victory. “We’re just working on the logistics,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded.

The White House may have been trying to gloss over the issue of frosty...

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Germany’s Right-wing AfD Set to Become Third Biggest Party, Polls Suggest

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 1:00pm 9/19/2017 at 1:00pm
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Germany’s right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD)  is set to become the third largest party in this month’s parliamentary election, the latest polls suggest. The anti-mass immigration party is polling around 12 percent in most polls.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, still ahead of the competition, is widely tipped to form the next government. But...

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Four U.S. Female Tourists Attacked With Acid in France

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 2:00pm 9/17/2017 at 2:00pm
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Four U.S. female tourists were attacked with acid in France’s Marseille main train station on Sunday. Authorities arrested a woman afterwards. From The Associated Press:

Two of the tourists were injured in the face in the attack in the city’s main Saint Charles train station and one of them has a possible...

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EU Tells Poland To Roll Back Judicial Reform, Issues One-Month Ultimatum

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 1:00pm 9/14/2017 at 1:00pm
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In a drastic move that would further exacerbate the European Union’s east-west divide, the European Commission, the EU executive arm, has given a month’s notice to the Polish government to roll back its national judicial reform. Poland risks forfeiting its voting rights within the EU if it does not back down in...

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Hungary, Poland to Fight Migrant Resettlement Despite EU Court Order

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:00pm 9/7/2017 at 1:00pm
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Following an EU court decision ordering some eastern European countries to accept the migrant quotas, Hungary and Poland have vowed to fight on against the large-scale resettlement plan being pushed by the EU. The top EU court, the Europe...

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