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Angela Merkel’s Party Beaten By Rightwing Populists In German Elections

Angela Merkel’s Party Beaten By Rightwing Populists In German Elections

Angela Merkel has suffered a sobering defeat in regional elections in her constituency of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) coming third behind the Social Democrats (SPD) and the rightwing populists Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). Projections late on Sunday night saw the centre-left SPD on 30.5%, the anti-immigration AfD on 20.9%, and the chancellor’s […]

Germany’s Merkel Stands By Refugee Policy Despite ‘Terrifying’ Attacks

Germany’s Merkel Stands By Refugee Policy Despite ‘Terrifying’ Attacks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday described recent attacks in the country and across Europe as “shocking, depressing and terrifying,” but she refused to back down from an open-door refugee policy that has attracted fierce criticism following recent assaults in the country. Germany has been rattled by four attacks in the past two weeks, three […]

Angela Merkel Defends Germany’s Refugee Policy After Attacks

Angela Merkel Defends Germany’s Refugee Policy After Attacks

Angela Merkel has delivered a staunch defence of her open-door policy towards refugees, insisting she feels no guilt over a series of violent attacks in Germany and was right to allow hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees to arrive last summer. “A rejection of the humanitarian stance we took could have led to even […]

Angela Merkel Backs Theresa May’s Plan Not To Trigger Brexit This Year

Angela Merkel Backs Theresa May’s Plan Not To Trigger Brexit This Year

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has backed Theresa May’s decision to wait until next year before starting the formal process of leaving the EU, despite pressure from others in Europe for a speedier exit. After their first meeting in Berlin, Merkel gave support to the new prime minister, saying it was right and necessary for […]

Theresa May To Angela Merkel: UK Will Need Time To Prepare For Brexit

Theresa May To Angela Merkel: UK Will Need Time To Prepare For Brexit

Theresa May will today warn Angela Merkel that she needs time to prepare for Brexit, as she heads to Berlin for private talks with the German chancellor. The new prime minister will fly to Berlin after facing her first prime minister’s questions against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday. Merkel and May’s working dinner is […]

The Women Who Run The World

The Women Who Run The World

If Hillary Clinton wins the American presidential election in November, there will be women in charge of five of the leading countries and organisations in the world – the US, the UK, Germany, the IMF and the US Federal Reserve. That’s three of the world’s biggest economies and two of the most important financial institutions. […]

Brexit Causes Resurgence In Pro-EU Leanings Across Continent

Brexit Causes Resurgence In Pro-EU Leanings Across Continent

Two weeks after Britain’s EU referendum, Europe has defied predictions that the UK’s vote to leave would inspire a surge in copycat breakaway movements, with establishment parties enjoying gains and populists dropping points in the polls. In Germany, the Brexit aftermath has seen Angela Merkel’s popularity ratings surge to a 10-month high, almost returning to […]

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