Angela Merkel

Brexit poll shows majority of Britons want to remain in the EU

As Prime Minister Theresa May enters the second phase of Brexit negotiations, a poll commissioned by UK daily The Independent shows that more than …

Brexit

Merkel to meet bereaved a year after Christmas market attack

A year after an Islamic jihadist ploughed a truck into a Christmas market crowd, killing 12, Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Monday with the …

Germany

Angela Merkel’s ticking Bavarian time bomb

NUREMBERG, Germany — Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies are back onside — but they’re also gearing up for an election that complicates her efforts to …

Germany

Italians gripped more by migration than desire to leave euro

James Politi in Rome and Jacopo Iacoboni in Turin<p>December 18, 2017<p>Hostility towards migrants and fears over growing multi-ethnicity are fuelling …

Five Star Movement

Forex - Dollar Slips Lower but U.S. Tax Hopes Support

Investing.com - The dollar slipped lower against other majors currencies on Monday, but remained supported by hopes a major U.S. tax overhaul will be …

Economy

1 year after Berlin attack, anger and questions remains

BERLIN (AP) — Survivors and families of those killed in last year's Christmas market truck rampage in Berlin will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time amid continued anger at German authorities' failure to stop the attack and handling of the aftermath.<p>Monday's meeting was announced …

World News

Old Coal Is King Even With Another Renewables Record in Germany

For all the new wind parks, solar farms and hydro plants that will help Europe’s biggest economy generate yet another renewable energy record this …

Business

Catalan election heats up

<b>Spain</b><p>Spanish political parties enter the home stretch three days before Catalan voters head to the polls. With the question of Catalan independence …

Mariano Rajoy

FOREX-Dollar steady after U.S. tax bill moves closer to ratification

* House-Senate Republicans put finishing touches on tax bill<p>* Dollar awaits ratification of tax bill for more incentive<p>* Kiwi retains momentum from …

Economy

Far-right enters government in Austria

The pact is to see the OVP's 31-year old Sebastian Kurz become Austria's youngest-ever leader, with the FPO's Heinz-Christian Strache as deputy.<p>But …

European News

Turkey slams Austria 'discrimination' over new government programme

The landmark coalition deal, marking the return to power in Austria of the Freedom Party (FPOe), has sparked ripples of concern throughout Europe …

Austria

EU-Israel ties in 2018 – managing expectations

A US that is looking inward is not good news for any peace-and freedom-seeking democracy in the world.<p>THE NEW normal. German soldiers stand guard …

Opinion

Bid to accelerate migrant asylum applications and returns, Tania Georgiopoulou | Kathimerini

In a bid to ease growing pressure on overcrowded refugee camps on Greece’s eastern Aegean islands, the government is drafting a law to accelerate the …

Refugees

Nuclear, renewables to help French CO2 reduction goals, Macron says

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he would not follow Germany's example by phasing out nuclear energy in France because his priority was to cut carbon emissions and shut down polluting coal-fired production.<p>"I don't idolize nuclear energy at all. But I think you have …

World News

Merkel to meet Berlin attack survivors as anniversary puts failings in focus

Relatives of those killed in truck attack on Christmas market have accused chancellor of failing to acknowledge their suffering<p>Angela Merkel is to meet bereaved relatives and survivors of last year’s Berlin Christmas market attack for the first time, two weeks after they sent her an angry letter …

News

SPD leader wants Merkel to relinquish finance ministry - Handelsblatt

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) leader Martin Schulz wants Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to leave the powerful finance ministry to his …

Greece

German minister calls to fight anti-Semitism

Germany should appoint an anti-Semitism commissioner to counter growing hate speech against Jews and Israel from both its home-grown far right and …

Israel

Seven years after Arab Spring, Tunisia's future uncertain

The Tunisian revolution, considered the catalyst for the movement that became known as the Arab Spring, began seven years ago. Today, Tunisia is …

News

How France's president made his mark on the world stage

<b>In the first months of his presidency, France's Emmanuel Macron has often found himself in the international limelight. But just how effective can he be at promoting his foreign policy vision?</b><p>US leader Donald Trump never wanted Emmanuel Macron to win the French presidency but he's looking pretty …

Emmanuel Macron

Iran says France risks losing international credibility if country ‘blindly follows’ U.S.

Iran on Sunday criticized French President Emmanuel Macron over his tough stance toward Tehran and said Paris would soon lose its international credibility if it "blindly follows" U.S. President Donald Trump.<p>Tensions between Iran and France have risen in recent months after Macron said Tehran …

Iran

Germany: Number of new asylum seekers expected to be below 200,000 'benchmark'

Germany has said the number of new migrants is expected to fall for a second year in a row after peaking in 2015. And Interior Minister de Maiziere …

Migration

Kiwi's month-high on pound

The New Zealand dollar has risen to a month-high versus a broadly weaker pound on speculation the progress of Brexit negotiations could slow and fell …

Economy

Lack of eurozone reform outranks Brexit as the EU’s biggest threat

December 17, 2017<p>Last year was defined by big political shocks. This year saw more subtle, but important, surprises: the destruction of the French …

Brexit

Yearender: A volatile year but with hope, cooperation at end of long tunnel - Xinhua

by Xinhua writer Liang Junqian<p>BEIJING, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- As 2017 moves further into the rearview mirror, it leaves a mixed message. The year has …

News (China)

German anti-Semitism commissioner idea backed by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere

Germany's interior minister has joined the chorus of politicians expressing concern over the burning of Israeli flags in Berlin. Germany's Central …

News

Kebabs, straight bananas, and the euro sausage

There's a certain type of politician who loves to be thought of as the quintessential common man.

News (Ireland)

Ai Weiwei on 'Human Flow' Documentary, Freedom and Solving the Refugee Crisis

Even from within the walls of the secret police detention centre where he was held for 81 days in 2011, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was thinking about …

Refugees

Barzani to Meet Merkel in Berlin

Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani will visit Germany on Monday, where he will meet with Chancellor Angela …

Middle East

Factbox: Key figures in Austria's new coalition government

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria’s center-right People’s Party (OVP) led by Sebastian Kurz and the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPO) have agreed to form a coalition government.<p>The deal marks a major victory for a European far-right party after a flurry of elections this year, in which right-wing …

Sebastian Kurz

Brexit could cost Germany £7BILLION in blow to Angela Merkel

Germany already pays out £12.3billion (€14billion) more than it receives back from the Brussels.<p>And the bloc is facing an approximate shortfall of …

Brexit