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Italian voters go to the polls on March 4 in a vote that has some striking similarities to Germany's political scene right now. Italy and Germany are not countries that could usually be lumped together when it comes to politics. One is known for its disordered political scene (Italy is infamous for having had 65 ...
The German elections in September 2017 have not yet lead to a new government, as the political elite is struggling to agree on a governing coalition. ... A right-wing populist and eurosceptic party like the AfD with a large influence on German politics, even if not part of a governing coalition, would worsen ...

Most everyone at this year's Davos-but-for-geopolitics confab was fixated on just how badly Merkel negotiated the tentative agreement for another “grand coalition,” Germany's third since 2005. In order to get the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) to join Merkel's center-right party in government, Merkel had ...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), gives a press conference in Berlin on February 7, 2018. ... Germany's government coalition talks a few weeks ago, the euro zone's largest economy and defacto leader is facing much more political uncertainty ...
German politics are set for a change. September's election saw the country's two political behemoths take a fall, while a slew of smaller parties grew in number and strength. The country's political landscape is fracturing and will make creating functioning coalition governments increasingly complex.
POLITICS has broken out in Germany. It has taken the country's leading parties an unprecedented four-and-a-half months to reach a coalition deal. The Social Democratic (SPD) grass roots are in revolt and may veto the new government in their upcoming vote, the result of which is due on March 4th.

“Just Merkel's method. Any compromise, just to get by.” At the same time, the new generation's stance is different from the identity politics of many young American political activists; if anything, these young Germans agree with Mark Lilla's argument that liberalism has slipped “into a moral panic about racial, ...
In Germany, politics is able to trundle on: ministers can carry on as "acting ministers", an approved budget is in place, regional and local governments - which are responsible for much ... First, without proper parliamentary or political scrutiny, there is a risk of unwelcome decisions being "slipped through".
So far, the Euro has held up well despite the continuing failure of Germany's political leadership to form a new coalition government. However, if the stalemate continues for much longer it will likely come under downward pressure. At the time of writing, a Google news search for “German coalition talks” ...
As usual for German party politics over the past two years, immigration policy was top of the agenda — and the most likely sticking point — especially ... in which in the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) became the third biggest party with 12.6 percent of the vote — showed that Germans did not ...
A FORMER German cabinet minister has predicted that no-one expects Angela Merkel to politically survive a full-term as Chancellor, as Germany faces years ... Willy Wimmer, who is a former MP for Mrs Merkel's CDU party, said Germans want fresh leadership as Mrs Merkel struggles to form a government.
After the sudden collapse of preliminary coalition talks among four of Germany's political parties, the once hypothetical scenario of another grand coalition – not to mention a minority government, a hybrid “cooperation coalition,” or even a fresh election – is now very real. The Free Democratic Party (FDP) ...
For me, reading about that confusion has definitely taken a back seat to an unexpected fun of reading the German press again. Gone are the ponderous and nitpicking pontifications. The shock of Germany's Italian-style imbroglio has brought cover stories of the sort: "Losers Fighting for Power," with the ...
In Germany, as elsewhere in Europe, the political center is collapsing. Four years ago Germany's two main parties received nearly two-thirds of the votes. This time they barely gained half. Equally worrisome, “responsible” conservatives no longer define the acceptable right of the German electorate.
In a nearlythree-minute speech, he told the German Bundestaghow much he was moved by the story of a Wehrmacht soldier. While working on a German-Russian student project, he found the grave of Georg Johann Rau, a soldier who died in World War II. "It deeply saddened me, because I saw the graves ...
For me, reading about that confusion has definitely taken a back seat to an unexpected fun of reading the German press again. Gone are the ponderous and nitpicking pontifications. The shock of Germany's Italian-style imbroglio has brought cover stories of the sort: "Losers Fighting for Power," with the ...
Merkel now faces the prospect of forming a minority government—unprecedented in German history. She would be ... The party helped her push through Germany's first nation-wide minimum wage and a lower retirement age for some Germans, for example, with her government taking the credit. If the SPD ...

Political scientist Wolfgang Merkel said on the talk show Anne Will: “I do not think that she will regain her old power again.” Mr Merkel pointed to the fact that Angela Merkel lacked support on all front - even from within the Christian Social Union (CSU) the sister party to Mrs Merkel's own Christian Democrats ...
Greece is taking precautionary fiscal measures in case the political uncertainty in either Italy or Germany worsens, the country's economy minister told CNBC ... As more voters have expressed that they are fed-up with mainstream politics, whether in the U.K. or the U.S., this has raised the possibility that the ...
According to German news reports, the government guarantee would have blocked Palestinian or Jordanian authorities from contesting the provenance of the scrolls, which are among the oldest known texts related to the Hebrew Bible. Twelve years ago, Germany became the first country to exhibit a ...
France, Italy, Austria, and Belgium were all against it. In Germany, the Social Democrats—totally against the use of glyphosate—were furious with Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats. They accused the German agriculture minister Christian Schmidt, who cast the deciding “yes” vote in Brussels, of going ...
“The distinctive political tradition of the Federal Republic of Germany is change through consensus,” said Timothy Garton Ash, a professor of European ... fragmentation and polarization, but also a feeling among many Germans that the centrist dominance of Ms. Merkel had stifled political opposition and ...
Six of Our Favorite Stories on Germany's Politics ... A surge in support for the far right in September's election gave some Germans cause for introspection. ... to note the surprising social, institutional and political factors behind the party's success — and its potential to change German politics in the future.
A new political alignment emerging since the national election on October 15th could help propel German climate policy forward; and, given the ...
BERLIN (AP) — A party in talks on joining Germany's new government is backing off a call to phase out the eurozone's rescue fund.
Germany is leading EU27 states in pressuring their negotiating team to take a stricter line in Brexit talks, offering the British government no ...
Germany's weekly Stern magazine saw dark clouds above a Jamaican Reichstag, the parliament building in Berlin. (Photos: Washington Post).
Berlin on Friday said Turkey had released another German citizen who had been held for "political reasons", leaving nine of its nationals ...
The report had described May as pleading for her political life at the ... if not shocked – about what has been written in the German press,” he ...
Here's a who's who of German political parties as they take their seats in the .... Since then, Germans have elected the AfD to every state parliament in regional ... for Germany (AfD) party - the newest force in German politics.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British PM Theresa May and French ... ($102.4 billion) business in the U.K. — want no "special Germany-U.K. Brexit talks. ... and openly anti-German political formations, such as Northern League, ... the Germans, and a widely suspected German-friendly EU Commission, ...
BERLIN — Germany's conservatives are watching Sebastian Kurz ... Under their growing influence, German politics could soon look very much ...
Colonia Tovar was founded by German immigrants and, like other ... Nicknamed “The Germany of the Carribean”, the town was founded in ...
Donald Trump's nationalism, isolationism and protectionism will have a profound impact on German business. It's time to find alternative ...
'Heimat' finds a homecoming in German politics ... It makes sense that the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) likes to use ... In it, most Germans associated the term Heimat with family, intimacy and a feeling of security. ... a familiar term has re-emerged in the national political discourse: "Leitkultur.
Germany appears concerned at the hardline position by NASA leader Raila ... The German government also urged the two political camps to ...
The German Foreign Ministry says a German-Turkish national jailed in Turkey four months ago has been freed. But 11 Germans still remain in ...
Implications Of German And Japanese Political Developments ... There have been two developments in German and Japanese politics that will likely have ... There is much talk of the Jamaica coalition in Germany, with the ...
It's a reconfiguration of German politics that Cas Mudde, a professor at the University ... This seven-party Bundestag is the largest Germany has had in ... This hemorrhaging of voters among mainstream political parties—to the ...
Germany, once seen as among the most politically stable countries in Europe, has seen that reputation shattered by an indecisive election result in September. Angela Merkel is struggling to put together a governing coalition — and most Germans don't expect her to succeed. Just under half (49 percent) ...
An EU vote approving the use of a controversial weedkiller for another five years triggered an immediate backlash from Paris and Rome, and is poisoning German politics on the eve of grand coalition talks. After more than two years of fierce political debate over whether glyphosate causes cancer, EU ...
BERLIN — After a week of upheaval and uncertainty, Chancellor Angela Merkel turned to her old coalition partners in hopes of returning stability to Germany's political scene by raising the prospect of giving the country the same government that has led since 2013. In an overture to the Social Democrats, ...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) for the upcoming general elections, holds a ...
Is German Election the Reaction to Reactionary Politics? (Russ) ... This also means Germany is sticking to a middle-of-the-road leadership.
Of course, he represents the hardliners in the German government ... Germany but also to the prospects of Germany's political hegemony in ...
Out of step with the voters and now out of power, Germany's elections ... And Martin ran on European politics but I think after the change that ...
The company also gave political parties a way to publicly display their policy ... On the security front, the company worked with Germany's Federal Office for ... to stop, whether Facebook tries to extricate itself from politics or not.
It's a reconfiguration of German politics that Cas Mudde, a professor at the University ... This seven-party Bundestag is the largest Germany has had in ... This hemorrhaging of voters among mainstream political parties—to the ...
The German far right is running Islamophobic ads starring women in bikinis. The Alternative for Germany doubled down on misogyny and ... "These stupid politics of coming to grips with the past cripple us," he said. ... of Western Europe had reached the peak of their political popularity and were now likely to ...
How well will German political leaders score when quizzed on their own party's platform? ... lend a hand to the nearly 50 percent of undecided voters in Germany. ... who are usually more distanced from politics, the Wahl-O-Mat does have an ... "The solidarity supplement with eastern Germans should be ...


 

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