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Angela Merkel’s Austrian frenemy

BERLIN — Angela Merkel pursed her lips and smirked. “Many people in your own ranks are excited about the Austrian chancellor, who is young, dynamic, direct, out of the ordinary,” a German journalist said to Merkel Wednesday as she stood next to Austria’s political boy wonder. “Is this the type of po

POLITICO.EU - 2018-01-18 19:47:34

The SPD's rank and file could block a new German grand coalition

BUNDLED up in woolly jumpers and scarves, the mostly grey-haired crowd filed into the civic centre in Schauenburg, a small central German town, toasted the new year with foaming glasses of beer and exchanged genial gossip. It was hard to believe that they might hold the fate of the world's most powe

ECONOMIST.COM - 2018-01-18 16:46:03

Merkel in Paris on Friday to discuss Europe's future with Macron

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Paris on Friday (19 January) for a working meeting with President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the future of Europe, the French leader's office said. France wants to inject new momentum into the two countries' European Union reform efforts, which have bee

EURACTIV.COM - 2018-01-18 14:55:07

Germany Wants More Eurozone Integration Than Ever Before

Leftist rag Bloomberg is extremely happy with the results of the coalition talks between Angela Merkel's CDU and Martin Schulz's SPD parties: We may have no idea which shape the eurozone will take in the future, but we know one thing for sure: Any change to the structure of the currency union will n

PJ MEDIA - 2018-01-18 18:13:11

Warning of catastrophe if Merkel's coalition deal fails

Martin Schulz, the Social Democrats leader, ponders a coalition deal with Angela MerkelCHRISTOF STACHE/GETTY IMAGES Social Democratic Party (SPD) members would cause "political catastrophe" in Germany if they rejected the blueprint for a coalition, a conservative party leader said today. Horst Seeho

THETIMES.CO.UK - 2018-01-18 17:00:00

Right Wing Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to 'Visit the UK in Near Future'

Theresa May has invited Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, the leader of the nation's new Conservative-Populist coalition government to "visit the UK in the near future". According to a Downing Street spokesman, Mr. Kurz, who is also chairman of the Austrian People's Party (VP), has accepted the in

BREITBART - 2018-01-18 09:17:18

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We will never know whether greater honesty on the part of mainstream politicians and technocrats would have spared us the rise of nativist demagogues like Donald Trump in the US or Marine Le Pen in France. What is clear is that lack of candor in the past has come at a steep price. Angela Merkel s Ne

REMMONT.COM - 2018-01-18 13:22:33

Angela Merkel, Brexit, Winter Olympics: Your Thursday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here's the sign-up.) Good morning. Here's what you need to know:Photo Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times More on one of the greatest spy leaks in U.S. history: F.B.I. investigators gambled in 2013 that letting a C.I.A. officer suspected of spying for China sl

NEW YORK TIMES - 2018-01-18 04:59:53

Austria's leader Sebastian Kurz angers Angela Merkel by refusing to shelter refugees

Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian chancellor, has been a vocal critic of the migrant quota scheme championed by Angela MerkelSEAN GALLUP/GETTY IMAGES Angela Merkel clashed with Austria's chancellor at their first meeting yesterday when she insisted that it was wrong for EU nations not to take their share

THETIMES.CO.UK - 2018-01-18 00:01:00

European jitters over German coalition talks

Coalition building after parliamentary elections is hardly a hold-on-to-your-seats-ladies-and-gentlemen kind of affair in Europe. It's often arduous and tedious for the parties involved, never mind onlookers - just ask the Dutch. Which makes the current, almost obsessive international focus on Angel

BBC - 2018-01-18 02:00:51

Bavarian ally dodges question of whether Merkel would lead in new vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's top Bavarian ally, Horst Seehofer, pointedly dodged a question about whether Merkel would be the conservative candidate if she fails to build a coalition and a new election is called. In an interview with Bild newspaper published on Thursday, See

REUTERS - 2018-01-18 00:06:34

Sebastian Kurz and Angela Merkel find common ground on immigration

BERLIN — Sebastian Kurz used his first visit to Germany as Austrian chancellor to assuage fears his right-wing government might break with other European nations on immigration, pledging “increased cooperation” at a joint press conference with Angela Merkel. Kurz said the two nations would work toge

POLITICO.EU - 2018-01-17 15:52:01

Merkel Throws Social Democrats a Bone on Coalition Policy Tweaks

Angela MerkelPhotographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled that common policies with the Social Democrats can be further fleshed out if the party backs formal coalition talks to form a German government. In her first public comments since announcing a preliminary accord l

BLOOMBERG - 2018-01-17 15:26:21

Merkel optimistic Germany can work well with Austria on EU issues

German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz after a news conference at the Chancellery in BerlinThomson Reuters BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after meeting Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Wednesday she was optimistic their go

BUSINESS INSIDER - 2018-01-17 13:26:54

Eurogroup head hails German coalition blueprint for eurozone reform

The Eurogroup's new president, Mario Centeno, has welcomed eurozone reform proposals agreed by Germany's two biggest parties in preliminary coalition talks. "There are positive signs on European policy coming from the exploratory talks," Centeno told Handelsblatt business daily. Centeno, who is also

EURACTIV.COM - 2018-01-17 08:12:54

Austria's 31-year-old chancellor meets the leader of the free world

Sebastian Kurz is in Berlin to convince Angela Merkel that he's pro-European. But the German leader also needs Austria's rising star, who has the ear of Eastern Europe's populists. Kurz. Sebastian Kurz. Source: DPA Angela Merkel is usually the picture of pragmatism, but she's also become rather f

HANDELSBLATT.COM - 2018-01-17 12:00:48

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is needed as defender of the West

The United States may still be considered the indispensable nation. But because of the leadership void left by a disengaged Washington - exacerbated by President Donald Trump's alienation of allies and accommodation of adversaries - other countries are increasingly filling the void. Some have nefari

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE - 2018-01-16 23:49:00

Change in the European Union

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: Reuters The European Union's (EU's) woes since 2008 highlighted the many problems with its half-and-half approach to integration. While France under Emmanuel Macron has been keen to address this, the thrifty German of popu

LIVEMINT.COM - 2018-01-16 23:57:30

Tim Cook talks women in tech, who he admires, & more in interview w/ high school student

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently sat down with high school senior Rebecca Kahn for an interview discussing women in technology, diversity, the importance of coding, and more. The full interview was shared by the National Center for Women and Information Technology... Spigen TEKA RA200 Airpods Earhooks Co

9TO5MAC - 2018-01-17 00:58:29

While Germany Slept

Many Germans may prefer the modesty and incrementalism that have characterized Angela Merkel's past chancellorships. But a minority government forced to muster coalitions of the willing to address the critical issues confronting Germany and Europe could escape the constraints of such expectations, e