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Europe to Mike Pence: No, Thank You

MUNICH — A French ambassador observed to me that, “The Trump Administration has achieved the extraordinary feat of turning the Germans into Gaullists.” Once the most devoted member of the Atlantic alliance, an insulted Germany has stiffened, discovering its inner Russian flirt and a touch of De Gaul

NEW YORK TIMES

Karl Lagerfeld's most controversial quotes

Karl Lagerfeld will be remembered for many things, from his transformation of Chanel to his visionary designs and elaborate runway shows. He'll also be remembered for his candidness.

CNN

Italy Takes on Macron

The ever-closer bond between Emanuel Macron and Angela Merkel not only testifies that France and Germany, Europe’s two largest countries, have overcome a millenarian enmity: it reveals a jointly held contempt for Europe’s south, (in particular that represented by ‘the boot’, and its on-going tarante

JOURNAL-NEO.ORG

No More Mr Nice Country

I tried to get out of military service, I really did. When I was called up for inspection in 2010, it was easier than ever to evade the draft. They just didn’t seem to care anymore. A friend of mine went to the doctor to get a note saying that he had allergies — and that was that. I figured I would

MEDIUM

When Angela Merkel upset Donald Tusk over immigration

Donald Tusk was enraged when Angela Merkel held private talks with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees and migrants into the European Union, warning the plan would be “a catastrophe”, a new documentary reveals.

THE GUARDIAN

France denies British media reports that Macron offered concessions on Irish backstop

France today denied British media reports that President Emmanuel Macron had offered concessions on the Irish backstop to end the stalemate over Brexit negotiations. "These (reports) are without any foundation ... The French position is that of the European Union: the withdrawal agreement is not ren

INDEPENDENT

Merkel’s immigrant boom wreaks havoc in Germany’s prisons

Angela Merkel’s decision to allow more than one million migrants into Germany has caused a crisis in Germany’s prison system. About half the prisoners in Berlin and Hamburg are now foreign-born, according to the latest figures in the German press, and in prisons across the country, German is becomin

SPECTATOR.US

How a street painter from Benin got an art exhibition in Finland

Louis Houenoude lives in the small village of Heve, just outside Grand-Popo, in the small West African country of Benin. He used to paint barber shop signs for a living. But now he is a bona fide artist.

BBC

Trump Cultivates a Kindred Spirit From a Continent He Often Antagonizes

On a day when a fresh snowfall blanketed the White House, there was something apt about President Trump cozying up by a fireplace with a leader of a picturesque Alpine country.

NEW YORK TIMES

China should joint disarmament talks, says German Chancellor

MUNICH, February 16. /TASS/. China should join the disarmament talks to hold them together with Russia and the US, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

TASS.COM

Pelosi And House Democrats On European “Reassurance Tour”

With the government shutdown behind them, Congressional delegations, led by Nancy Pelosi headed to Munich, Germany where they began what the Washington Post called a “Reassurance Tour” for America’s allies worried about Donald Trump. From The Washington Post:

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Mike Pence Tried to \

– Axios (@axios) February 16, 2019. The conference, which has been held annually since the , has traditionally been a chance for the United States to show its commitment to Europe. Instead, this year’s meeting highlighted the growing divide between the Trump administration and European allies.

TRUEVIRALNEWS.COM

Germany's Political Mess: CDU Leader Rebukes Merkel On Immigration

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the CDU’s new leader, makes pointed comments about learning from Angela Merkel's mistake. The Financial Times reports Germany’s CDU Toughens Line On Immigration.

ZEROHEDGE.COM

Center-right to top EU poll; far-right surges: survey

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The center-right is set to remain the biggest group in the EU legislature after elections in May that should also show a surge in seats for the far-right, a survey by the European Parliament showed on Monday.

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