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PERU POLITICS: Peruvian Farmer Squares Up to German Power Giant in Climate Lawsuit

PERU POLITICS: Peruvian Farmer Squares Up to German Power Giant in Climate Lawsuit

“This is the thin end of the wedge,” said Justin Gundlach, a fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

“If this case causes a court to declare that a utility is liable for greenhouse gas emissions in Peru, then all of a sudden, a million plaintiffs will bloom and you can expect a lot of people to bang, not only on German courthouse doors, but others as well.”

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EUROPE POLITICS: Merkel, Macron Pledge to Lead EU Forward Post-Brexit

EUROPE POLITICS: Merkel, Macron Pledge to Lead EU Forward Post-Brexit

“Last night’s discussions showed there’s a common realisation of a need for a leap forward in Europe,” French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters on Friday after an EU summit dinner that stretched beyond midnight in the Estonian capital Tallinn.

“Today we’re all convinced Europe must move ahead faster and stronger, for more sovereignty, more unity and more democracy.”

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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: 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: Sanction US, ‘Plain and Simple’: Zypries German Economy Minister

GERMANY POLITICS: Sanction US, ‘Plain and Simple’: Zypries German Economy Minister

“Of course we don’t want trade war. But it is important European Commission now looks into countermeasures,” Brigitte Zypries German economy minister says.

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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: German FM to US: Absolutely Unacceptable to Give Up on Russian Gas

GERMANY POLITICS: German FM to US: Absolutely Unacceptable to Give Up on Russian Gas

“We deem it absolutely unacceptable when a bill demands Europeans give up on Russian gas so they could sell American instead, at much higher price,” Gabriel said.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Helmut Kohl Passes Away

GERMANY POLITICS: Helmut Kohl Passes Away

“We mourn,” Kohl’s Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) tweeted with a picture of the former chancellor.

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GERMANY POLITICS: SPD: Barley to UK: Hold 2nd Referendum as ‘Brits Didn’t Understand Brexit’

GERMANY POLITICS: SPD: Barley to UK: Hold 2nd Referendum as ‘Brits Didn’t Understand Brexit’

“When the referendum was held, nobody knew what it would be about, not British people, not political class,” Barley leader of German Social Democrats (SPD).

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GERMANY POLITICS: Schaeuble to Muslims: Accept European Values or Go Elsewhere

GERMANY POLITICS: Schaeuble to Muslims: Accept European Values or Go Elsewhere

“There are better places in the world to live under Islamic law than Europe,” Wolfgang Schaeuble, the German Finance Minister has said.

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GERMANY POLITICS: 59% Germans Reject US Strike On Syrian Airbase: Poll

GERMANY POLITICS: 59% Germans Reject US Strike On Syrian Airbase: Poll

Moscow pointed out Syria eliminated its stockpiles of chemical weapons, which was confirmed by Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Resists Theresa May’s Bid to Link EU ‘Divorce’ With Trade Talks

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Resists Theresa May’s Bid to Link EU ‘Divorce’ With Trade Talks

Theresa May is facing resistance from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the European Parliament to her goal of conducting negotiations on Britain’s future trade relations with Europe at the same time as talks on arrangements for Brexit.

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GERMANY POLITICS: SPD Endorses Martin Schulz As Leader

GERMANY POLITICS: SPD Endorses Martin Schulz As Leader

“The SPD is back! We’re back!” Martin Schulz told around 600 delegates at a party meeting in Berlin shortly before he was chosen as SPD leader.

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USA POLITICS: Trump, Merkel Hold First Face-to-Face Meeting at White House

USA POLITICS: Trump, Merkel Hold First Face-to-Face Meeting at White House

Merkel, who officials say has prepared carefully for the encounter, is likely to press Trump for assurances of support for a strong European Union.

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GERMANY POLITICS: AfD Votes to Expel Lawmaker Who Criticized Holocaust Memorial

GERMANY POLITICS: AfD Votes to Expel Lawmaker Who Criticized Holocaust Memorial

Two-thirds of regional AfD leaders voted during a conference call to start a legal process within the party to oust Hoecke, who said in a statement he regrets the party’s decision.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel to Putin: End Violence in Eastern Ukraine

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel to Putin: End Violence in Eastern Ukraine

German leader Angela Merkel urged Russia’s Vladimir Putin in a telephone call on Tuesday to use his influence on separatists in eastern Ukraine to stop the violence there, and the two agreed on the need for new ceasefire efforts, a German government spokesman said.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Poll Gap Between CDU, SPD Shrinks

GERMANY POLITICS: Poll Gap Between CDU, SPD Shrinks

Support for Merkel’s CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the CSU, fell 4 points to 33 percent – cutting the gap between the two blocs to its narrowest in records compiled by poll tracker wahlrecht.de going back to Sept 2013.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Der Spiegel Sparks Furor With Image of Trump Beheading Statue of Liberty

GERMANY POLITICS: Der Spiegel Sparks Furor With Image of Trump Beheading Statue of Liberty

It depicts Trump with bloodied knife in one hand and Statue of Liberty’s head, dripping with blood, in the other. It carries the caption: “America First”.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Martin Schulz Urges ‘Fairer Germany’, Takes on Merkel

GERMANY POLITICS: Martin Schulz Urges ‘Fairer Germany’, Takes on Merkel

“We will make this election really exciting,” vowed Schulz after Social Democratic Party (SPD) leaders unanimously nominated him to run for the leadership of Europe’s top economy.

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EUROPE POLITICS: ‘Trump Poses Challenge For Europe’: Merkel, Hollande Admit

EUROPE POLITICS: ‘Trump Poses Challenge For Europe’: Merkel, Hollande Admit

“Europe faces big internal and external challenges which we … can only master by working together,” Merkel told a news conference on Friday with Hollande.

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