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GERMANY POLITICS: German Coalition Talks Fail: Chancellor Angela Merkel Fourth Term in Doubt

GERMANY POLITICS: German Coalition Talks Fail: Chancellor Angela Merkel Fourth Term in Doubt

“It is a day of deep reflection on how to go forward in Germany,” Merkel told reporters. “As chancellor, I will do everything to ensure that this country is well managed in the difficult weeks to come.”

The failure of coalition talks is unprecedented in Germany’s post-war history, and was likened by newsmagazine Der Spiegel to the shock election of U.S. President Donald Trump or Britain’s referendum vote to leave the EU – moments when countries cast aside reputations for stability built up over decades.

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UK POLITICS: Angela Merkel Ally to Theresa May: Stand Up to Boris Johnson

UK POLITICS: Angela Merkel Ally to Theresa May: Stand Up to Boris Johnson

Michael Fuchs, the vice chairman of the German Chancellor’s party said, “Theresa May has to come up with decent proposals,” Dr Fuchs said. “Whatever she is offering, Boris Johnson is saying it’s too much.”

Arguing his influence was “pretty strong”, Dr Fuchs added: “Otherwise she would come up with other proposals. The problem is she has internal trouble in the Tories.”

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May ‘Please Sack Boris Johnson’: Angela Merkel’s EU Ally Demands

UK POLITICS: Theresa May ‘Please Sack Boris Johnson’: Angela Merkel’s EU Ally Demands

“Please sack Boris Johnson,” demanded Manfred Weber, a leading lawmaker in the European Parliament and an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservative group is the biggest in a legislature that must approve any deal which EU negotiators strike with Britain before March 2019.

“The key question is who shall I call in London? Theresa May, Boris Johnson, or even David Davis?,” Weber said, referring also to the minister handling the Brexit talks with Brussels.

“Please no more speeches. Show leadership on content. And the best probably would be, please sack Johnson.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Jews Worldwide Worried By Far-Right AfD Breakthrough in German Election

GERMANY POLITICS: Jews Worldwide Worried By Far-Right AfD Breakthrough in German Election

Ronald Lauder, president of the New York-based World Jewish Congress, called Chancellor Angela Merkel a “true friend of Israel and the Jewish people” and decried the AfD’s gains at a time when anti-Semitism was increasing across the globe.

“It is abhorrent that the AfD party, a disgraceful reactionary movement which recalls the worst of Germany’s past and should be outlawed, now has the ability within the German parliament to promote its vile platform,” Lauder said.

“A party that tolerates right-wing extremist thinking in its ranks and incites hatred against minorities …will now be represented in parliament and nearly all state legislatures,” Central Council of Jews in Germany president Josef Schuster said in a statement.

“I expect our democratic forces to expose the true nature of the AfD and its empty, populist promises,” he added.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Angela Merkel Booed, Heckled By Right-Wing Protesters

GERMANY POLITICS: Angela Merkel Booed, Heckled By Right-Wing Protesters

“With whistling and yelling, one will surely not shape Germany’s future,” Merkel said at the Friday rally as the protesters began shouting and whistling even before she starts her address.

The loud noise, however, did not prevent the German leader from making her prepared 30-minute remarks.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel on Track to Win Fourth Term

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel on Track to Win Fourth Term

With Merkel’s conservatives commanding a solid poll lead, attention in Germany is turning to who she will govern with after the election, rather than whether she will stay in power.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 06 September 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 06 September 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Erdogan said Turkey had not abandoned its strategic goal of EU membership. But he has long signalled that his country has run out of patience with the EU over its languishing accession bid, launched in 2005, and the impasse has been brought into focus by a sharp deterioration in Turkey’s ties with Germany.

“I am telling them: Come out and say this bravely and do what is necessary. Bravely,” Erdogan said. “Instead of this courage, there is a two-faced approach to halt the Turkey-EU full membership talks. This is politically unethical.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Not Again! German Media Bemoan Grand Coalition Scenario After Limp TV Duel

GERMANY POLITICS: Not Again! German Media Bemoan Grand Coalition Scenario After Limp TV Duel

Newspaper Handelsblatt said Schulz had not really attacked the incumbent chancellor, adding: “Martin Schulz doesn’t want to be chancellor in September apparently but rather Angela Merkel’s office manager.”

But Berlin’s Tagesspiegel newspaper said Schulz had scored points for taking more decisive positions on Turkey, pensions and the need to punish the German automotive industry for the diesel emissions scandal.

“When it came to showing hard edges, Martin Schulz was more convincing,” it said, adding, “this evening may have changed things.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel’s Rivals Narrow Gap Slightly Ahead of TV Debate

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel’s Rivals Narrow Gap Slightly Ahead of TV Debate

Schulz has said he is going into Sunday’s television debate convinced he will win the elections. “A successful duel can create momentum,” he said in an interview conducted after media reports suggested his predecessor as leader had given up hope of an SPD victory.

Merkel told the Rheinische Post newspaper she expected the debate to spark great public interest. “I’ll be happy if as many people as possible take the time to watch,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Defiant Merkel Takes on Protestors at Rowdy Campaign Rally

GERMANY POLITICS: Defiant Merkel Takes on Protestors at Rowdy Campaign Rally

“I hope you were able to understand some of that even though some of you out there kept on yelling,” a glum-looking Merkel said near the end of her speech to 1,500 people.

“Some believe the problems in Germany can be fixed by screaming – but I don’t think so and the majority of the people here don’t think so either,” said Merkel, who is seeking a fourth term in office and is the heavy favourite to win the Sept. 24 election.

“Some people can’t do anything else but scream and shout – but we’re not going to let them lead us astray.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Chancellor Angela Merkel Falls By 10 Points Six Weeks Before Election

GERMANY POLITICS: Chancellor Angela Merkel Falls By 10 Points Six Weeks Before Election

Despite all this, Merkel’s conservatives, who currently share power with the SPD in a “grand coalition”, look on track to win the Sept. 24 vote. The main question for most experts is whether she will repeat her coalition with the SPD or seek another partner, possibly the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP).

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EUROPE POLITICS: Europe’s Leaders Struggle Over Donald Trump Strategy

EUROPE POLITICS: Europe’s Leaders Struggle Over Donald Trump Strategy

As the director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, Mark Leonard, notes: “Trump is the first American president since the EU was created not to be in favor of deeper European integration.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Because of Brexit It’s ‘Worth Fighting for Stronger Europe’: Angela Merkel

GERMANY POLITICS: Because of Brexit It’s ‘Worth Fighting for Stronger Europe’: Angela Merkel

“For many people including myself something changed when Britons want to leave, we were worried about the outcome of elections in France,” Merkel to voters.

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GERMANY POLITICS: ‘Britons Living in EU Ought Not to Fear Being Sent Home After Brexit’: Angela Merkel

GERMANY POLITICS: ‘Britons Living in EU Ought Not to Fear Being Sent Home After Brexit’: Angela Merkel

“After 25 years in Germany I don’t think you need to worry that you’ll be immediately shipped back to Birmingham,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

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WORLD POLITICS: G20 Summit: US Isolated on Climate Policy

WORLD POLITICS: G20 Summit: US Isolated on Climate Policy

“In the end, the negotiations on climate reflect dissent – all against the United States of America,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

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EUROPE POLITICS: Germany, France, Russia Stress Ukraine Truce Implementation

EUROPE POLITICS: Germany, France, Russia Stress Ukraine Truce Implementation

Kremlin complained that the Minsk accords were being implemented “too slowly,” stressing that there needs to be measures leading to a genuine ceasefire in Ukraine.

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WORLD POLITICS: First Handshake: Putin, Trump Meet at G20 Summit

WORLD POLITICS: First Handshake: Putin, Trump Meet at G20 Summit

US president Donald Trump will hold his first bilateral talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Friday afternoon after a brief handshake at the Group of 20 talks in Hamburg.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Germany is ‘Committing Suicide’ By Not Allowing Me to Speak to Turks During G20: Erdogan

TURKEY POLITICS: Germany is ‘Committing Suicide’ By Not Allowing Me to Speak to Turks During G20: Erdogan

“I have asked Merkel that they be handed over to Turkey. Why did not they return them?” Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Official: Same-Sex Marriage Legalised

GERMANY POLITICS: Official: Same-Sex Marriage Legalised

“I hope that the vote today not only promotes respect between the different opinions but also brings more social cohesion and peace,” Merkel said.

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USA POLITICS: US No Longer Reliable Partner: Angela Merkel Warns

USA POLITICS: US No Longer Reliable Partner: Angela Merkel Warns

Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

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