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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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UK POLITICS: Nigel Farage to Attend Far-Right Party AFD Campaign in Germany

UK POLITICS: Nigel Farage to Attend Far-Right Party AFD Campaign in Germany

While the majority of AFD supporters welcomed the news of Farage’s attendance, calling him a “straight-down-the-line” and “fiery” speaker,” others expressed concern the event might have an undesired outcome.

“Mr Farage was also the guy who bowed out after the referendum and left others to go through with Brexit,” said one user. “I will definitely vote for the AfD, because it’s the only alternative to our ‘government.’ But is Nigel Farage really that helpful for our campaign given that the coverage is already so negative?”

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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: Germans Watching Charlottesville Sense Echoes of their Own History

GERMANY POLITICS: Germans Watching Charlottesville Sense Echoes of their Own History

By honouring those who died doing forced labour for Adolf Hitler’s regime and learning their stories, pupils gain a clearer, more visceral understanding of their country’s crimes 75 years ago.

“It is very important for us to bring our pupils closer to what happened to make sure it never happens again,” said Annemarie Sardisong, the school’s head teacher. “Especially now when the world seems to be coming out of joint.”

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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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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 01 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 01 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: The number of people with an immigrant background in Germany rose 8.5 percent to a record 18.6 million in 2016, largely due to an increase in refugees, the Federal Statistics Office said on Tuesday.

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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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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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UK: Britain, US, Allies vs Russia Battle For Supremacy

UK: Britain, US, Allies vs Russia Battle For Supremacy

NATO’s aim is to make good on a promise to deter Russia in Europe’s ex-Soviet states, after Moscow orchestrated annexation of the Crimea peninsula in 2014.

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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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UK POLITICS: New Poll: Theresa May Now as Unpopular in Germany as Vladimir Putin

UK POLITICS: New Poll: Theresa May Now as Unpopular in Germany as Vladimir Putin

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has a negative approval rating in every country surveyed and is even behind France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, in Britain.

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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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USA POLITICS: First Meeting With Putin an ‘Honor’: Trump

USA POLITICS: First Meeting With Putin an ‘Honor’: Trump

“President Putin and I have been discussing various things, and I think it’s going very well,” Trump told reporters, sitting alongside the Russian leader.

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EUROPE POLITICS: Protesters to G20 Members: ‘Welcome to Hell’

EUROPE POLITICS: Protesters to G20 Members: ‘Welcome to Hell’

“Welcome to Hell”. That’s the greeting for U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders from anti-capitalist protesters in Hamburg who aim to disrupt the G20 summit, already rife with tensions over trade and climate change.

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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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