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German parliament votes to legalise same-sex marriage - The Guardian

German MPs have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage, prompting joyous and unusual scenes in parliament as Green party politicians tossed glittered confetti across the chamber and gay couples sitting in the public gallery kissed and embraced ...and more »

Did Merkel trip on gay marriage vote, or was this more canny politics? - The Guardian

Berliners celebrate the vote to legalise same-sex marriage near the Bundestag, Germany. Photograph: Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock. Sixteen years after the Netherlands became the first country in the world to pass legislation in favour of gay marriage ...and more »

Germany 'massively weakened' draft G20 climate plan to appease Trump - Climate Home

President Donald Trump meets with German chancellor Angela Merkel in the Oval Office, Friday, March 17, 2017. (Photo: White House/Shealah Craighead). By Arthur Neslen in Brussels. Germany's G20 presidency dramatically weakened a climate action plan ...and more »

Angela Merkel votes against same sex marriage law in Germany 'because marriage is between a man and woman' - The Independent

Angela Merkel has voted against same-sex marriage in Germany because she believes that “marriage is between a man and woman”. Despite her opposition, the Bundestag voted to legalise equal marriage by 393 votes to 226, and the Chancellor said she hoped ...and more »

All of Germany's Muslim MPs voted in favour of same-sex marriage - The Independent

All six of Germany's Muslim members of parliament voted in favour of same-sex marriage as Angela Merkel faced criticism for opposing the bill and announcing: "Marriage is between a man and a woman." Despite the Chancellor's opposition, the historic ...and more »

Why we should care about the German elections - Spectator.co.uk (blog)

German parliamentarians used to pride themselves on being boring, but the past two years have turned Teutonic politics upside down. After a decade of dreary stasis under Angela Merkel, a system designed to run on tramlines has become a rollercoaster ...and more »

Angela Merkel challenges Donald Trump on climate change and trade ahead of G20 - Telegraph.co.uk

Angela Merkel on Thursday set the stage for a showdown with Donald Trump when she announced that next week's G20 summit in Hamburg will focus on climate change. The summit was expected to be dominated by Mr Trump's first meeting with Vladimir Putin ...and more »

What to Know About the Hamburg G20 Summit - Council on Foreign Relations

The G20 summit comes amid tensions over trade, climate, and refugee policy and increased uncertainty over the U.S. commitment to multilateral institutions. Backgrounder by James McBride. June 30, 2017. The inner city of Hamburg, Germany. Christian ...and more »

Merkel to put climate change at centre of G20 talks after Trump's Paris pullout - The Guardian

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, welcomes the president of the European council, Donald Tusk, in Berlin before a meeting with European G20 heads of state. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images. Tackling climate change will be one of the ...and more »

Political games behind Germany's gay marriage vote - EUobserver

[Updated on 30 June at 10.00] Germany's lesbians and gays received the right to wed on Friday (30 June), when a snap vote on the issue was held in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament. But their gain was the result of political machinations ...and more »