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  • Two-thirds of Germans want Merkel out at next election

    05/10/2016 10:28:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies ^ | 10 May 2016 17:28 GMT+02:00
    A poll published on Tuesday shows that just under two-thirds of Germans do not want Chancellor Angela Merkel to run for office again in elections next year. The poll conducted by INSA for Cicero magazine asked people if they thought Merkel should run for a fourth term and 64 percent responded that she should not. Other polling figures show that if an election were held now, Germany’s two main political parties would barely scrape together 50 percent of the vote between them. …
  • Germans flock to vote in "Super Sunday" test

    03/13/2016 9:37:22 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 13 March 2016 | Paul Carrel, Joseph Nasr
    Germans turned out in force to vote in three state elections on Sunday, with the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party looking to profit from popular angst about Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcome of more than a million migrants. The election is the biggest test year of the German public response to the influx, totaling more than a million last year alone and showing no sign of halting, of refugees and other migrants from the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. Merkel, who says Germany is a rich enough country to host desperate people and has a moral obligation to shelter...
  • German vice chancellor: Trump a threat to peace, prosperity

    03/06/2016 5:52:27 AM PST · by mac_truck · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/5/2016 | Europe News
    German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has criticized leading U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as a right-wing populist whose political views pose a threat to peace and prosperity. The comments by Gabriel, economy minister and leader of the Social Democrats, are the clearest sign yet that ruling politicians in Europe are increasingly worried about the outcome of the U.S. presidential elections. "Whether Donald Trump, Marine le Pen or Geert Wilders - all these right-wing populists are not only a threat to peace and social cohesion, but also to economic development," Gabriel told Welt am Sonntag newspaper in an interview published...
  • 40 percent of Germans want Merkel to quit over refugees: poll [What about the other 60%?]

    01/29/2016 9:42:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Berlin (AFP) - Nearly 40 percent of German voters think Chancellor Angela Merkel should quit over her liberal asylum policy after almost 1.1 million newcomers arrived last year, a poll showed Friday. As the mood in Germany has shifted from a euphoric welcome for people fleeing war and persecution last September to growing doubts about the country's ability to accommodate and integrate the record influx, the popular Merkel has come under increasing pressure. However, the poll for Focus news magazine conducted by the independent opinion research institute Insa among 2,047 German citizens showed that a larger share -- nearly 45...
  • Most German conservatives support gay marriage: poll (YouGov)

    01/28/2016 8:53:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies ^ | 28 Jan 2016 16:10 GMT+01:00
    Over two-thirds of Germans want gay marriage to be legalized, bringing gay rights in line with those of heterosexual couples, a survey by YouGov published on Thursday shows. [...] Across the political spectrum, Germans said they wanted to see a change in the law. A total of 61 percent of voters for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Union said they were for legalization, suggesting that the Chancellor's opposition to gay marriage is now out of step with her own voter base. [...] Sixty-eight percent of Catholics were in favor, and 67 percent of Protestants. Within both religions, just over a quarter...
  • Berlin conservatives say ‘no’ to gay marriage

    07/24/2015 7:13:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies ^ | 24 Jul 2015 17:14 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Members of the Berlin faction of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) voted against gay marriage in a poll on Friday, denting hopes the Chancellor’s staunch opposition could be swayed. The Berlin faction of the CDU announced on Friday that 45 percent of its members voted against gay marriage while 35 percent voted in support in a survey, newspaper Tagesspiegel reported. […] The recent passage of same-sex marriage in Ireland and a US Supreme Court decision in favour of gay marriage has put more pressure on Merkel and her conservative Union (CDU and Christian Social Union parties), who...
  • Greens, conservatives want weed legalized [Germany]

    05/13/2015 11:22:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies ^ | 13 May 2015 08:40 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    MPs from the Green Party and Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have joined forces to say that cannabis should be regulated and legalized. Economic policy spokespeople Joachim Pfeiffer of the CDU and Dieter Janecek of the Greens told broadcaster ARD that they thought it no longer made sense to criminalize possession of or trading in the drug. “Every year we spend between one and two billion euros to punish consumers, although real organized crime should be the focus of our efforts,” they wrote in a position paper. The pair believe that a state-regulated cannabis market would bring in between...
  • CDU angers Muslims with opposition to Koran (Germany)

    02/12/2015 8:59:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies ^ | 12 Feb 2015 16:45 GMT+01:00 | Tom Barfield
    The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Essen will distribute the German Constitution in response to Salafists’ plans to give out free copies of the Koran in the city on Saturday. But Muslim residents say they’re creating a false opposition. “In a time when the threat from Islamist criminals is greater than ever, we have to combat the Salafists with all democratic means.”, president of the local CDU chapter Franz Joseph Britz told the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. But some Muslim residents of Essen were dismayed by the way the CDU had chosen to counter the Salafists. …
  • Merkel allies win in Bavaria a week before German election

    09/15/2013 2:50:29 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/15/2013 | Christian Hetzner
    Angela Merkel's allies swept to victory in a state election in Bavaria on Sunday, regaining the absolute assembly majority they lost in 2008 and providing a show of conservative strength for the chancellor a week before Germany goes to the polls. The Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), won 49 percent according to TV projections, putting them back more firmly in the saddle of the prosperous southern state they have governed for 56 years.
  • The Scotsman tipped to be future leader......of Germany

    01/06/2013 3:05:00 PM PST · by the scotsman · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5th January 2013 | Allan Hall
    'A Scotsman who married in a kilt, supports Rangers, likes white pudding and drinks Irn-Bru is now being tipped as the possible ruler of Germany. After climbing high and fast through the ranks of Germany’s CDU conservative party, pundits speculate great things lie in store for 41-year-old David McAllister, who is up for re-election as governor in the state of Lower Saxony later this month. The son of a German mother and a Scottish father from the tough Gorbals area of Glasgow, he is recognised as one of the leading figures in Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union party. He has...
  • Angela Merkel dealt further blow by German voters in key state election

    05/13/2012 2:02:51 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 13, 2012 | Kate Connolly
    Voters in Germany's most populous state handed a resounding victory to the centre-lefton Sunday, dealing a heavy blow to Angela Merkel's conservatives in what was interpreted as a backlash against the chancellor's European austerity campaign. Exit polls on Sunday night in the North Rhine-Westphalia election showed Hannelore Kraft, who had led the state's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) in a coalition with the Greens, had soundly beaten her Christian Democrat (CDU) rival Norbert Röttgen, Merkel's environment minister. The SPD secured 39% of the vote to the CDU's 26% in what amounted to the worst result in the state for the conservatives...
  • Vice Chairman Of Germany's CDU Party Demands Gold As Collateral From European Bailout Recipients

    08/23/2011 10:58:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8/23/11 | Tyler Durden
    Yesterday we had the Bundesbank making a very strong case for why a pan-European bailout (funded by Germany), would need a "fundamental change of regime occurs involving an extensive surrender of national fiscal sovereignty" (beneficial for Germany), today we see the next and final stage of the proposed annexation of Europe by Germany - that which focuses on procuring that which is really important. Hint: not spam. From Spiegel: "Minister Ursula von der Leyen pushes the hard line: any financial aid for euro countries should only come against collateral - as gold reserves or industrial holdings." More google-translated conditionality: "The...
  • Bad News For The PIIGS: Angela Merkel's Party Gets Crushed In Regional Elections

    02/21/2011 9:49:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/20/2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    Obviously the bailouts of Europe have not been popular among the Germans, and it seems Angela Merkel's party, the Christian Democrats, are suffering the consequences. They were, apparently, crushed in regional elections. NYT reports that the CDU took 21% of the vote in Hamburg, down from 42% last time around. Bear in mind that this was just a regional election -- like a state election in the US -- and the CDU insists that it's only a local matter, not reflective of any national or international issues. That seems somewhat doubtful.
  • Merkel urges Germans: stand up for Christian values

    11/17/2010 7:30:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 16, 2010 | Tom Heneghan
    (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans debating Muslim integration to stand up more for Christian values, saying Monday the country suffered not from "too much Islam" but "too little Christianity." Addressing her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, she said she took the current public debate in Germany on Islam and immigration very seriously. As part of this debate, she said last month that multiculturalism there had utterly failed. Some of her conservative allies have gone further, calling for an end to immigration from "foreign cultures" -- a reference to Muslim countries like Turkey -- and more pressure on immigrants...
  • Raytheon to Upgrade USAF Reserve and Air National Guard F-16 Displays

    11/03/2010 12:20:36 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Raytheon Corporation via ASDN news ^ | 11/02/2010 | Raytheon Corporation
    Raytheon Company has won a contract to upgrade the Center Display Unit (CDU) of U.S. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard F-16 aircraft. The initial contract value is $3.1 million for system integration and pre-production units. The contract includes options for production of up to 120 systems per year for five years. The Raytheon CDU will replace multiple analog flight instrument displays currently used in the F-16 cockpit with a single large-LCD color display. Advanced technology will provide pilots with new capabilities, including the ability to overlay data from both onboard and remote sensors on a digital moving map,...
  • German economics minister proves to be the aristocrat the media couldn't kill

    07/27/2009 9:43:51 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies · 4,006+ views ^ | July 10, 2009 | DEREK SCALLY
    THE COVER of Germany’s Stern magazine is usually reserved for Hollywood stars pedalling their new films or naked women illustrating pseudo-medical stories. Lead stories on politicians are circulation suicide for the popular weekly. So it was a big vote of confidence from them to hand over their cover yesterday to Germany’s new economics minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. In five months, the baron from Franconia, northern Bavaria, has come from nowhere to become the most popular politician in Germany after chancellor Angela Merkel. A late-term replacement for a little-loved economics minister, his success is all the more extra-ordinary considering that everything...
  • Why Germany Can Expect The Re-Election of Angela Merkel

    07/17/2009 3:21:34 PM PDT · by FMoran · 7 replies · 797+ views
    The Politicizer ^ | 07.13.2009 | Emily Sieg
    n Germany, 2009 is known as the ‘Super Election Year.’ Not only have the European Union elections already taken place, but come September, a new state government may be formed. The current Chancellor, Angela Merkel, plans to retain the top office as member of the Christian Democrats Union (CDU). Her challenger, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, hails from the Social Democrats Party (SPD) and currently holds both positions as Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister. Political scrutiny of the two candidates has revealed peculiar results. Critics characterize Mr. Steinmeier’s faults in much the same way as his rival’s. Charisma is an attribute that can neither...
  • Germans slowly warm to nuclear energy

    08/01/2008 6:38:13 AM PDT · by kidd · 6 replies · 195+ views
    Nuclear News ^ | 7/11/08 | Madeline Chambers
    BERLIN - Soaring oil prices combined with fears about energy security and climate change are softening Germans' hostility towards nuclear energy, a new survey showed on Wednesday. The results provide fodder for members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) who have in the last few weeks have renewed their calls for a rethink of the planned phase out of Germany's 17 nuclear reactors by 2021. The Forsa poll for Stern weekly magazine showed that voters in Germany, Europe's biggest power market, were now evenly divided on the question of whether some of the plants should be allowed to...
  • New chancellor will give Germany, U.S. a chance for a new dialogue (Henry Kissinger Op-Ed)

    11/27/2005 10:55:06 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 15 replies · 685+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | November 27, 2005 | Henry A. Kissinger
    On Nov. 22, the German parliament elected Angela Merkel as the new chancellor. It could mark a seminal event. Ms. Merkel is the first female chancellor in Germany's history; the first leader who spent most of her life under Communist rule; and the first head of a coalition between the two major German parties since 1969. She takes over in a country that has been, in effect, without a government since May, when the outgoing chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, announced his intention to bring about new elections. Angela Merkel becomes chancellor at a moment of crisis for her country, poised between...
  • Taming the Lions with Angela Merkel

    10/21/2005 5:31:20 AM PDT · by Atlantic Bridge · 2 replies · 535+ views
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | ---- | Charles Hawley
    Germany may finally know the cast of politicians that is going to take over the reins of power, but chancellor-designate Angela Merkel has her work cut out for her. She is now surrounded by a motley crew of power hungry egos just waiting for her first mistake to pounce. To succeed, she'll have to be part lion tamer and part tight rope walker.
  • Merkel's coalition to court the U.S.

    10/12/2005 9:11:06 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 11 replies · 599+ views
    Washington Times ^ | October 12, 2005 | Nicholas Kralev
    Angela Merkel's new coalition government will work toward stronger ties with the United States and scale back on the close relationship outgoing Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder had with Russian President Vladimir Putin, say officials from both parties in the future Cabinet. The officials say that foreign policy has not been a divisive issue in the coalition negotiations between Mrs. Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Mr. Schroeder's Social Democratic Party (SPD) since last month's inconclusive election. But even though they insist there will be no "major substantive change" under Mrs. Merkel's leadership, they say Berlin will correct Mr. Schroeder's excesses in...
  • Conservative Merkel to be named German leader (Breaking: Schröders SPD approves deal with CDU)

    10/10/2005 2:27:09 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 144 replies · 4,583+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/10/2005
    By Noah Barkin and Claudia Kade BERLIN, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Conservative leader Angela Merkel will become Germany's first woman chancellor under a deal with Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) to break a post-election deadlock, sources said on Monday. Three weeks after voters gave Merkel's conservatives an unexpectedly narrow win over Schroeder's SPD in a federal election, senior sources from both parties said an agreement had been struck that should pave the way for a power-sharing cabinet. According to a senior SPD source, the SPD is poised to get the foreign, finance, justice and labour ministries in a new coalition...
  • Merkel's Coalition wins final seat, bolstering the CDU.

    10/02/2005 5:54:27 PM PDT · by HHKrepublican · 2 replies · 570+ views
    Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) have won the last seat in the country's inconclusive general election. The result in the eastern city of Dresden means the CDU increases its narrow lead over the Social Democrats (SPD) by one seat. Both CDU leader Angela Merkel and current Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder hoped for a win to boost their chances of leading a governing coalition. The Dresden vote was postponed when a candidate died during the campaign.
  • Schroeder, Merkel fail to agree on chancellor

    09/22/2005 7:18:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 540+ views
    AP ^ | 9/23/5
    Conservative leader Angela Merkel and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder failed to resolve their battle over who should lead Germany's new government but agreed to meet again to explore forming a right-left coalition to steer efforts to revive Europe's largest economy. Both Merkel and Schroeder have laid claim to building Germany's next government after neither party won a clear majority in parliamentary elections Sunday, leaving the country, the world's third-largest economy, in political crisis. The deadlock means Germany could spend weeks without leadership at a time when it desperately needs clear direction to push through badly needed economic reforms. Germany also wants...
  • New election looms as Greens reject Merkel

    09/19/2005 9:21:15 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 28 replies · 1,159+ views
    The Guardian ^ | September 20, 2005 | Luke Harding
    Schröder could stay as chancellor until poll in new yearThe chances of Angela Merkel becoming Germany's next chancellor suffered a setback yesterday when the Greens appeared to rule out joining a coalition with her conservative CDU party.With the country in political gridlock after Sunday's inconclusive general election, speculation was growing last night that the chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, would try to force new elections early next year. A day of political horse-trading left Europe's most populous country facing months of confusion. No government is likely to emerge until November at the earliest. Both the main party leaders announced that they had...
  • LIVE THREAD - German polls closed: AP: SCHROEDER DEFEATED!

    09/18/2005 12:12:37 AM PDT · by alessandrofiaschi · 374 replies · 14,092+ views
    SABC NEWS ^ | September 18, 2005, 08:15
    Voting began in Germany's closely fought election today with millions of undecided voters holding the key to a result that will have major implications for economic reform in Europe. Angela Merkel, a Christian Democrat (CDU) chancellor, is expected to emerge as Germany's first woman chancellor, displacing Gerhard Schroeder who has led Germany for the past seven years at the head of a centre-left government of Social Democrats and Greens. A provisional result is expected to be announced in the early hours of Monday morning. The final opinion polls published on Friday gave Merkel's centre-right coalition with the liberal Free Democrats...
  • BERLIN'S IRON LADY - Is Germany Desperate Enough?

    09/13/2005 7:35:15 PM PDT · by Atlantic Bridge · 91 replies · 1,444+ views
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | September 13, 2005 | Frederick Taylor
    High unemployment, a struggling economy, and widespread pessimism. Great Britain managed to break out of its downward spiral in the 1980s by sending Margaret Thatcher to 10 Downing Street. Germany may soon emulate England by electing reform-minded Angela Merkel. But the country may not be desperate enough for her to be successful.
  • The German Problem (Elections won't fix the constitution's defects)

    09/12/2005 4:03:43 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 430+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 26, 2005 | Michael S. Greve
    ON SEPTEMBER 18, THE Germans will go to the polls. The extraordinary elections are being held a year before the end of the Bundestag's regular four-year legislative term, thanks to an elaborate and, to many Germans, distasteful charade. That price would be well worth paying if it produced a government with the will and mandate for much-needed political and economic reforms. Germany "confronts monumental tasks," President Horst Köhler observed in a televised address on the need for fresh elections. "Millions of people are unemployed, many for years. Federal and state budgets are in an unprecedented, critical condition. The existing federal...
  • Britain could soon be Europe's sick man again - Europe shifts - Franco-German axis set to split

    09/10/2005 9:49:03 AM PDT · by OESY · 25 replies · 1,213+ views
    Daily Telegraph (London) ^ | 05/09/2005 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Barely noticed, Germany has overtaken America to become the world's biggest single exporter, shipping the hardware that powers the rising economies of Asia and eastern Europe. Its trade surplus is now greater than that of China, Japan and India combined, reaching a staggering 16.8 billion euros in June alone. The profits made by German companies are running at over 33 per cent of national income, the highest in 40 years. Eyeing a bargain, the world's canniest are already piling into German assets for the great Teutonic rebound. George Soros and fellow hedge funders are snapping up distressed banks. Britain's Terra...
  • Did Merkel Copy Reagan?

    09/05/2005 3:33:05 PM PDT · by Red6 · 48 replies · 1,101+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 5 September 2005 | Carsten Volkery
    The conclusion statement of Angela Merkel in the TV duel came some observers in the SPD strangely admits forwards. Some passages sound actualy word for word like the conclusion, which the presidential candidate at that time Ronald Reagan spoke 25 years ago on television in a duel against president Jimmy Carter. Coincidence? Berlin - 28 October 1980: 80,6 million Americans sit before the television and pursue the television duel between the democratic president Jimmy Carter and his republican challenger Ronald Reagan. The two stand in the Public Music resound in Cleveland, they are moderated from a ABC man Howard K....
  • WSJ: Japan and Germany Face Crucial Votes - for Koizumi, Merkel, and reform.

    08/30/2005 6:24:20 AM PDT · by OESY · 6 replies · 363+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 30, 2005 | GEORGE MELLOAN
    By strange coincidence, the leaders of both Japan and Germany have been moved by separate crises to face the judgment of voters next month. If opinion polls are a reliable indicator, Junichiro Koizumi will win his Sept. 11 gamble and Gerhard Schröder will lose a week later. Both events would be cause for celebration. Japan and Germany have the second- and third-largest economies in the world so there's a great deal riding on whether the elections bear out the opinion polls. Both countries badly need economic reform. Sixty years after their utter defeat in World War II, they should be...
  • Whatever Brown says, the flat tax is coming (To the UK)

    08/29/2005 5:57:35 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 11 replies · 498+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | George Trefgarne
    Ask any politician about the possibility of having a flat tax in Britain, and they furrow their brow and say: "Hmm. Interesting idea. But it's just a tax cut for the rich isn't it? That's a tough sell." If they are a Conservative, they then descend into discussing the party's interminable leadership election (stay awake at the back). Such a parochial attitude may soon be dispelled. The flat tax - where all exemptions and allowances are abolished and everyone pays the same rate - is marching across Europe, just as other ideas have conquered the Continent once every generation or...
  • German conservatives, partner back over 50 pct-poll (Election on September 18th)

    08/19/2005 7:05:45 AM PDT · by Ravi · 6 replies · 403+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/19/05 | Wire
    BERLIN, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Germany's conservative opposition and their likely Free Democrat coalition partners have rebounded from a recent poll slump and are once again on track to win a majority in a Sept. 18 federal election, a survey showed on Friday. An Electoral Research Group (FGW) poll for ZDF television found the CDU and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, would win 43 percent -- up one point from a week ago. The FDP were steady at eight percent in the Politbarometer poll, giving a CDU/CSU and FDP alliance a total of 51 percent. The coalition...

    08/17/2005 2:54:17 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 14 replies · 508+ views ^ | August 17, 2005 | AP (Associated Press)
    Merkel presents election team BERLIN, Germany (AP) -- Conservative leader Angela Merkel was offering a taste Wednesday of her future government team if her party wins Germany's election, presenting a group of advisers expected to include a law-and-order hard-liner and a radical tax reformer. Merkel's "competence team" falls short of a shadow Cabinet, given that key posts -- traditionally including that of foreign minister -- would likely go to a coalition partner if her Christian Democrats dislodge Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's government in the September 18 election. However, the presentation allows the challenger to look ahead after trying to repair damage...
  • Germany's Merkel Pledges To Consult Poland On Russia Ties

    08/16/2005 2:00:02 PM PDT · by lizol · 8 replies · 338+ views
    Morning Star ^ | 08-16-05
    Germany's Merkel Pledges To Consult Poland On Russia Ties WARSAW (AP)--German opposition leader Angela Merkel promised Polish leaders Tuesday she would consult them over dealings with Moscow if her party wins next month's elections. But she also confirmed her party's support for a controversial center to remember ethnic Germans expelled from their homes after World War II, including from lands now in Poland, a stance expected to draw strong Polish objections. Merkel took a half-day out from her election campaign to address topics of Polish concern with Poland's President Aleksander Kwasniewski and Prime Minister Marek Belka and discuss how a...
  • CDU leader in favour of common EU eastern policy

    08/16/2005 1:40:21 PM PDT · by lizol · 185+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 16.08.2005
    CDU leader in favour of common EU eastern policy 16.08.2005 The German Christian Democrats leader, Angela Merkel, who is slated for the chancellor’s office, has voiced commitment to a uniform EU policy towards its eastern neighbours. An appeal to forge such a policy was made by Poland’s president Aleksander Kwasniewski. Merkel declared the end of the Paris-Moscow-Berlin cooperation pursued over the heads of Poles. She stressed in talks with the president, PM Marek Belka and Civic Platform leader Donald Tusk in Warsaw that Poland is a member of the EU and NATO, therefore such issues as eastern policy or the...
  • Future German chancellor rejects expellee compensation claims.

    08/10/2005 11:03:09 AM PDT · by lizol · 16 replies · 703+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | August 10, 2005
    Future German chancellor rejects expellee compensation claims Angela Merkel, German Christian Democrat leader slated for the chancellor’s Office, has rejected the compensation claims of German expellees addressed to Poland. In 1945 millions of Germans, who call themselves expellees, were evacuated from areas given to Poland by Stalin at the end of World War II. But Angela Merkel was not against building a centre against expulsions in Berlin, an issue regarded as controversial by Poland. Speaking at a congress, which brought together 5,000 representatives of Germans expelled from eastern Europe after World War II, Angela Merkel called on the movement to...
  • Merkel warns of tougher line on Russia

    07/15/2005 2:26:15 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 257+ views
    Financial Times ^ | July 15 2005 | Hugh Williamson
    Angela Merkel, the leader of Germany's opposition Christian Democrats, said yesterday she would take a more "questioning and critical" stance towards Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, if she became chancellor in the election expected in September. Mrs Merkel said she was willing to endure "less comfortable" ties with the Russian leader than those enjoyed by Gerhard Schröder, the current chancellor, who has built a close personal relationship with the Russian leader. Addressing foreign correspondents in Berlin, she said she would be ready to tackle Mr Putin over the conflict in Chechnya and other "problematic developments" in Russia. She refused to elaborate...
  • Germans Craft Pro-U.S. Agenda to Oust Schroeder

    07/11/2005 10:01:02 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 22 replies · 1,017+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 11, 2005 | Stephen Graham
    Germany's opposition aims to oust Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder with a program to boost Europe's largest economy and "reinvigorate" relations with the United States, according to a draft obtained Sunday by the Associated Press. The program, to be formally endorsed today by the Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister party, includes an increase in sales tax and looser rules for companies to hire and fire staff. It also rules out Turkish membership in the European Union. The parties are also trying to win back voters by invoking Germany's strained relations with Washington. Schroeder ran for re-election in 2002 on a...
  • SPD manifesto set to polarise Germany's poll campaign

    07/04/2005 8:25:10 PM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 1 replies · 269+ views
    Financial Times ^ | July 5, 2005 | Bertrand Benoit
    Germany's ruling party yesterday set the stage for a polarised electoral campaign as it endorsed a manifesto targeted mainly at leftwing critics of its recent economic reforms. The Social Democratic party, in its document, seeks to preserve Germany's current social welfare and labour regulations, and avoids spelling out reforms that economists believe are needed but which the leftwing core of the party fears. "All that is new can only succeed if it is grounded in the tried and tested," it claims. "We want to renovate our country, but we do not want any other country." The platform, entitled "Confidence in...
  • German prostitutes in rights plea

    06/26/2005 1:45:47 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 4 replies · 671+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 26, 2005
    Some prostitutes are failing to take advantage of new rights German prostitutes are campaigning to ensure any future government does not withdraw their workers' rights, as some MPs have proposed, the BBC's Ray Furlong in Berlin reports.It was an unconventional rendition of the German national anthem, going intermittently out of tune as the singers' voices didn't quite make the high notes. But this was no ordinary choir or concert. A group of about a dozen women had gathered in front of the Reichstag to deliver a lyrical warning against repealing the prostitution law which Germany approved in 2002. The...
  • Shadows across the Bosphorous

    06/10/2005 5:38:58 AM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies · 243+ views
    Asia Times ^ | June 10, 2005 | M K Bhadrakumar
    Shadows across the Bosphorous By M K Bhadrakumar By a curious coincidence, May 29, when the vehement rejection of the proposed European constitution in the referendum in France became known in Turkey, was the 552nd anniversary of the conquest of the Byzantine capital of Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) by Fathi Sultan Mehmet. That event in 1453 marked the Ottoman entry into "Europe". The French "no" vote - followed by the Dutch one - could well presage difficulty for Turkey's "re-entry" into Europe. Large swathes of territories straddling Eurasia - Ukraine, Moldova, the Balkans and Caucasus - face similar predicaments. The post-Velvet...
  • Und So Weiter: The German landscape: Elections, a constitutional crisis…

    06/09/2005 9:38:00 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 1 replies · 298+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 10, 2005 | Victorino Matus
    …and Merkel as Thatcher, mein Gott! Here are a few thoughts to ponder regarding Germany's descent into political kaos: At what poiunt did Chancellor Gerhard Schröder deem that moving up elections by a year to this September would increase his chances of winning? After all, the process of moving up national elections is not that easy. First Schröder needs to call for a vote of confidence within the Bundestag. He needs to lose this vote, thereby resulting in the dissolution of his Social Democratic/Green coalition government — and thus the need for a new election. If the opposition Christian Democrats...
  • German parties would boost U.S. ties

    06/05/2005 1:26:07 PM PDT · by lizol · 16 replies · 499+ views
    Big News Network ^ | Saturday 4th June, 2005
    German parties would boost U.S. ties Big News Network Saturday 4th June, 2005 (UPI) Germany's Christian Democrats and their Free Democratic partners say they would boost U.S. relations and downgrade Russian ties, should they win election. We have great interest in close relations with Russia, but they have to be balanced and should in no way be directed against the Atlantic partnership, said Wolfgang Schaeuble, deputy chairman of the Christian Democratic Union. We would change this nonsense and re-establish the balance in German-Russian relations. Guido Westerwelle, chairman of the Free Democratic Party, the conservative Christian Democrats junior partner, said Chancellor...
  • German right vows improved U.S. relations

    06/04/2005 5:34:48 PM PDT · by strategofr · 5 replies · 594+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | June 4, 2005 | Nicholas Kralev and Tom Goeller
    BERLIN -- The conservative Christian Democrats and their Free Democratic partners will restore Germany's alliance with the United States and downgrade Berlin's ties with Russia if they win elections in September, leaders from both parties say. In a series of interviews, they also said that they would review their alliance with France, which they intend to keep strong, but warn Paris not to challenge Berlin to choose between the United States and France, as was the case with the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Wolfgang Schaeuble, deputy chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) parliamentary group who is in...
  • German right vows improved U.S. relations

    06/04/2005 6:10:27 AM PDT · by StoneGiant · 38 replies · 1,243+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/4/2005 | Nicholas Kralev and Tom Goeller
    Bad News for Putin and Chirac: German right vows improved U.S. relationsTo France: 'Don't make us choose between you and the United States, because we probably won't choose you' By Nicholas Kralev and Tom Goeller THE WASHINGTON TIMES June 4, 2005 German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder BERLIN -- The conservative Christian Democrats and their Free Democratic partners will restore Germany's alliance with the United States and downgrade Berlin's ties with Russia if they win elections in September, leaders from both parties say. In a series of interviews, they also said that they would review their alliance with France, which they intend...
  • German's journey: Iron Girl to Iron Lady

    05/27/2005 1:31:48 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies · 681+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | 5/27/2005 | Vijay Dutt
    The divorced daughter of a Protestant minister, Angela Merkel, 50, Germany's conservative leader and its version of the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher could become the first woman Chancellor this autumn. She would then become the most powerful woman in the German-speaking world since the Hasburg Empress Maria Theresa. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder whose party the SDP lost badly in the biggest state North-Rhine Westhpalia was left with no option but to request the President to call an early election. People said the Chancellor was a man preparing his own funeral. When elected the leader of of the Christian Democrats after Helmut...
  • The 'iron maiden' tipped to oust Schröder

    05/23/2005 5:42:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 785+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 24/05/2005 | Kate Connolly
    Angela Merkel, the divorced daughter of a Protestant minister, was nominated yesterday as the conservative challenger who looks increasingly likely to oust Chancellor Gerhard Schröder as German leader if early elections are held this autumn. Commentators pointed out that Mrs Merkel, 50, would not only be Germany's first female leader, but the most powerful woman in the German-speaking world since the Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa. Mrs Merkel, a physicist who was brought up in the communist East, has often been labelled Germany's Margaret Thatcher - more because she is a female politician than due to her reform ideas being particularly...
  • Germans turn their backs on Schröder party

    05/22/2005 10:37:11 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 36 replies · 959+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | May 23, 2005 | Kate Connolly
    Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's Social Democrat Party suffered a resounding defeat in its historical heartland yesterday when voters in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) rejected almost 40 years of rule by the party.Defeat to the Christian Democratic Union caused Mr Schröder's party to call for general elections to be brought forward to the autumn. The outcome of the vote, which is seen as a dry-run for the next federal election, will have repercussions way beyond the state that has driven the German economy since the war, and amounts to the biggest shake-up for the political landscape in almost a...
  • A Bismarck to join the German parliament

    02/28/2005 1:04:47 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 20 replies · 613+ views
    Expatica ^ | 28 February 2005 | Expatica
    LUEBECK - The German parliament is due to gain a deputy with one of the most prominent historical names in Germany when Carl-Eduard Graf von Bismarck takes a seat for the opposition Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Carl-Eduard, 43, is a great-great grandson of Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), who as the "Iron Chancellor" was the driving force in the creation of the modern German state. The Luebecker Nachrichten newspaper said Carl-Eduard was to take the seat in the German parliament of Peter Harry Carstensen, who led the CDU in the 27 February elections in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein. The paper...