Bundestag

Spymaster row weakens Merkel, support for far-right climbs - poll

BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc has slumped to a new low, and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) would be the second-biggest party if an election were held right away, a poll showed on Friday.<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the …

World News

Germany approves arms sales to Saudi Arabia, breaking coalition promise

<b>(CNN) —</b> The German government has approved the delivery of controversial weapons systems to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, despite a January ban on arms sales to countries embroiled in the bloody conflict in Yemen, a German lawmaker confirmed to CNN on Thursday.<p>Earlier this …

Saudi Arabia

Germany's Business Leaders Are Wading Into the Debate About Nationalism

The top executives of Daimler AG and BMW AG joined other German corporate leaders to denounce racism, taking a rare public stand in a sign of the …

Chemnitz

Post-Truth Germany

And if it never happened? Then, of course, nobody is to blame. There is no responsibility, and there are no consequences. The end of a common …

Angela Merkel

AK Party urges Turks abroad to actively engage in politics

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party says Turks living abroad represent a huge power base, urging them to actively engage with the …

Elections

Christian and in the AfD? Church leaders say maybe, with caveats

Professed Christians within Germany's far-right AfD disqualify themselves if they utter racist views, according to Hanover's Protestant bishop. …

Germany

German state parliament bans BDS while anti-Israel bank defies resolution

“We condemn the antisemitic and anti-Israel BDS campaign and call to boycott Israeli products and companies as well as Israeli academics and artists.”<p>…

World News

The German left is feeling blue, as a new Momentum-like movement polarises opinion

Aufstehen hopes to attract alienated voters to a struggling left, including those who have drifted to the right.<p>Aufstehen or “Stand Up” is the name …

Opinion (UK)

Euro zone should take next steps to complete banking union: Germany's Scholz

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday that euro zone governments should agree this year on next steps for completing their banking union in order to make the single currency bloc resilient for the next crisis.<p>"It would be a big pity if we wouldn't have established …

Banking Union

German regional government to appeal Frankfurt ban on older diesels

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leadership meeting in Berlin<p>FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A looming ban on older diesel vehicles from …

Angela Merkel

German SPD leader urges members to continue in coalition government

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) should remain in conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition despite a dispute over the ousting of the country’s domestic intelligence chief, SPD party leader Andrea Nahles wrote in a letter to members.<p>FILE PHOTO: Andrea Nahles, …

Horst Seehofer

‘Dirty Harry’ Theresa May has to take the final shot: a Chequers-Lite deal

High on a hill stands a lonely British PM. Theresa May’s visit this week to the Sound of Music territory of Salzburg represents her opportunity to …

Opinion (UK)

Bavaria's Christian Social Union: What you need to know

Bavarians are known for their independence. The political expression of this is the Christian Social Union — the regional conservative party and …

Germany

Germany's anti-immigrant AfD party looks to make inroads in the country's villages

The traffic in the tiny German neighborhood of Kolzenburg was mostly cyclists and sparrows when Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) state representative Birgit Bessin drove into town with a blue trailer hitched to her white Mercedes earlier this month.<p>Bessin isn't facing elections this year, but she …

Asylum Seekers

ECB Succession Race Tests German Faith in Bundesbank Model

With jockeying under way for top posts in central bank and EU posts, Berlin debates whether to lobby for inflation hawk Jens Weidmann<p>FRANKFURT—The race to succeed Mario Draghi as European Central Bank president presents Germany with a stark choice: Back the country’s own candidate, a foe of Mr. …

Central Banks

Analysis: Europe split between nationalists, cosmopolitans

People mourn the victim of the Aug. 25 attack in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, on Sept. 1, 2018. (Xinhua/Kevin Voigt)<p>by Maria Vasileiou<p>THE HAGUE, Sept. …

News (China)

Russia, Germany at loggerheads over Idlib

Germany has recently engaged with the United States, the UK and France to take a stronger stance on Syria. But as Chancellor Merkel encounters strong …

Social Democrats

Nazi insults targeting Romanian president enrage German officials

A Romanian politician has sparked outrage for likening President Klaus Iohannis to Adolf Hitler on social media. German authorities are demanding …

Romania

Human rights activist reignites Germany-Poland row

Poland sees Ukrainian human rights activist Lyudmyla Kozlovska as an enemy of the state. But the German parliament has invited her to speak in …

Human Rights

Michael Moore Warns Trump Could Fake ‘National Emergency’ to Win 2020

In the lead up to the release of his newest documentary, <i>Fahrenheit 11/9</i>, Michael Moore has been telling everyone who will listen that he believes …

News (U.S.)

Italy hesitates over refugee deal with Germany, seeks concessions

VIENNA (Reuters) - Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini denied on Friday having reached a deal with Germany to take back migrants who had already applied for asylum in Italy, saying he wanted more concessions from Berlin.<p>Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini speaks during a joint …

Angela Merkel

Poland angered by Germany granting visa to blacklisted activist | Financial Times

Poland’s government has reacted angrily against Germany after an activist whom it had blacklisted from Europe’s free movement zone was allowed to …

Human Rights

Merkel: NATO needs to strengthen its defense capabilities

VILNIUS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that the NATO military alliance has no choice but to improve its defense capabilities.<p>"It is unavoidable for NATO to boost its defense alliance," she told a news conference in Vilnius.

Angela Merkel

Germany ready to 'help Iraq back to its feet'

German Defense Minister von der Leyen has met with Iraqi officials to determine how to continue to assist authorities in the country. But a debate …

Bundeswehr

Divided German leaders to meet next week over spymaster's future

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leaders of Germany’s ruling parties said they would meet on Tuesday to try to agree whether the embattled head of the domestic intelligence agency should keep his job, coalition sources told Reuters.<p>FILE PHOTO: Hans-Georg Maassen (L), President of the Federal Office for the …

Horst Seehofer

Germany's heated asylum debate has dark parallels to events 30 years ago

It was a moment that has defined Angel Merkel’s chancellorship of Germany ever since. In early September 2015, she allowed thousands of refugees …

UK Politics

Germany Strikes Antimigrant Deal With Italy as New Government Crisis Brews

Deal to stop flow of asylum seekers comes amid left’s outrage over Berlin official’s comments on anti-immigrant rally<p>Germany and Italy have agreed in principle to stop illegal immigrants from traveling between the two countries, Germany’s interior minister said on Thursday, delivering on a …

European News

Threat of Idlib chemical strike tests Germany’s mettle

Sebastian Sprenger<p>COLOGNE, Germany — If the Syrian government were to unleash chemical weapons against civilians as it takes the last rebel …

German Politics

Does Germany's domestic spy chief have to go?

FDP Bundestag Member, Konstantin Kuhle, says Hans-Georg Maassen should be sacked - now. Hear his reasoning on #TheDay

German Politics

Ukrainian head of Polish NGO in Berlin despite expulsion from Schengen

According to the website, Ludmila Kozlovska went to the German capital on the invitation of Bundestag member Frank Schwabe.<p>According to Poland's …

Poland