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East is east - The Economist

“WHEN the end of the world is nigh,” Otto von Bismarck allegedly said, “I will move to Mecklenburg, because everything happens 50 years later there.” Even locals agree that the north-eastern state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania will always be a backwater.and more »

Germany's Turkey Quagmire - The National Interest Online (blog)

Germany's relationship with Turkey has never been so fraught. Diplomatic relations between the two countries have gone from bad to worse with little improvement in sight. The most recent cause of tension came on August 15 when a classified interior ...and more »

Does Germany Understand Its Own Strength? - New York Times

HAMBURG, Germany — Sometime during the night of Sept. 4, 2015 — a year ago this weekend — Chancellor Angela Merkel made a simple, historic decision. Because she didn't want to become responsible for violence and possibly death at her country's ...and more »

Now what? - The Economist

AUGUST usually finds Europe's politicians bronzing on the beach or lacing up their walking boots. But for the past few weeks they have been huddling, scheming and debating how to give their floundering European Union a fresh lease of life. “Citizens ...and more »

Anti-AfD appeals by established German parties - Deutsche Welle

Lorenz Caffier, Merkel's leading candidate in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania state and currently its regional interior minister warned Tuesday that if the AfD overtook established parties next Sunday it would be a "terrible signal" for Germany. Caffier ...and more »

Nationwide German poll: Merkel's popularity dips to five-year low - Deutsche Welle

The mood in Germany remains worrisome for Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Party (CDU), according to the most recent "Germany trend" survey by pollsters Infratest dimap. Some 45 percent of respondents said they are satisfied with the job Merkel is ...and more »

Germany to rebuild school as Italy's quake probe deepens - The

Germany pledged on Wednesday to rebuild a school in earthquake-hit central Italy as a probe intensified into why at least one primary school and other buildings collapsed, causing nearly 300 deaths. The offer was made by German Chancellor Angela ...and more »

Merkel Feels Political Pressure in Germany as Europe Is in Flux - New York Times

BERLIN — A year after Chancellor Angela Merkel threw open the doors to hundreds of thousands of migrants, that fateful move is haunting her politically, opening her to a strong electoral challenge from the far right this weekend and complicating ...and more »

German gov't: No normalized relations with Iran regime until it recognizes Israel - Jerusalem Post Israel News

BERLIN – Germany's normalization of relations with Iran are tied to Tehran's recognition of Israel, according to a letter released on Tuesday. The letter, written in the name of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration said, “There cannot be ...and more »

Europe migrant crisis: Italy, Germany signal tougher stance on asylum seekers - ABC Online

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed to step up efforts to send asylum seekers with no right to asylum in Europe back to their homelands. Key points: Merkel says "not everyone can stay"; Her comments come ...and more »