Tag: Merkel, Angela

Boris Johnson Needs Help From Trump, but Not Too Much

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, known for his bombast and outspokenness, begins his first foreign trip as leader on Wednesday walking a daunting diplomatic tightrope, ostensibly trying to pry Brexit concessions from stony-faced Europeans while keeping a wary eye on his domestic opponents with a general election possible in the fall. And […]

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Germany Is Heading Toward Recession, New Data Indicates

Frankfurt — In an ominous indicator of the damage inflicted by trade war, data released Wednesday indicated that the German economy is hurtling toward recession because of slumping exports. Germany’s economy shrank 0.1 percent from April through June and has been treading water for the last year, the government’s official statistics agency said. Analysts at […]

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Germany Trained and Hired Asylum Seekers, Then Started Deporting Them

TETTNANG, Germany — Four years after he stepped off a train in Munich looking for asylum, Abdoulie Barry speaks German, rents an apartment and holds a full-time job at an outdoor sporting goods manufacturer. He is punctual and conscientious, his boss says, and pays taxes and welfare contributions. But both he and his employer know […]

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Merkel’s Health Intensifies Debate Over Her Succession

BERLIN — Angela Merkel has not stopped. After a second episode in which Ms. Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, trembled uncontrollably in public last week, she headed to the airport, took a 12-hour flight to Japan, held 10 bilateral meetings and four group sessions with world leaders, including President Trump, then flew back to Europe for a […]

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Heading to G20, Trump Once Again Assails America’s Friends

OSAKA, Japan — President Trump, arriving in Japan on Thursday, opened his latest foreign trip much as he did his last one, lashing out at America’s allies, including his hosts, just before sitting down with them to talk through differences on issues like security and trade. In the hours before and after leaving for an […]

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Who Will Get E.U.’s Top Jobs? Bloc Must Decide How to Fill Them First

BRUSSELS — On the menu was a starter of green asparagus and smoked salmon, with a main course of European discord. After a two-day meeting in Brussels, European Union leaders said on Friday that they had failed to agree on who will lead the bloc’s key institutions — first and foremost the European Commission, the […]

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The Wave That Could Carry Trump to Re-election

Political professionals are so focused on the micro-details of the 2020 elections that they miss the macro trends favoring President Trump as he kicks off his re-election campaign in Florida. They are looking at national and state polls when our “America First” president ought to be viewed in a global context. The lobbyists, consultants and […]

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Leader of Social Democrats, Merkel’s Coalition Partner, Announces Resignation

The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats, the junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition, announced on Sunday she was resigning, raising fresh questions about the stability of the government after a weak showing by both parties in the elections for the European Parliament. The Social Democrats’ leader, Andrea Nahles, was elected in April 2018, […]

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What Comes After Angela Merkel?

If there is one lesson to be learned from the recent European parliamentary elections in Germany, it’s this: The era of the big-tent parties is over. Both governing parties, the center-right Christian Democrats and the center-left Social Democrats, who are currently in a grand coalition under the lead of Chancellor Angela Merkel, suffered significant losses. […]

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Germany’s Political Establishment Looks Fragile After E.U. Vote

BERLIN — Nontraditional and upstart political parties are threatening established, centrist parties across Europe, as returns from the European Parliament election underscored this week. Their rise is eating away at an increasingly endangered political establishment. Adding to the uncertainty is a generational divide clearly visible in the voting, in which the Greens drew significant support […]

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Sure, the Populists Gained, but the Real Winners May Be for Europe

BRUSSELS — The results this week of the European Parliament elections were a humiliating blow at home to President Emmanuel Macron of France, as his party finished second to the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen. But in the Parliament itself, his party could be the kingmaker because there will be no working majority without it. […]

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Youth’s Video Takes Aim at Merkel’s Party in Run-Up to European Elections

BERLIN — For years, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has been fighting to expand the digital skills of the nation’s work force and to get more youths engaged in politics. This past week, a young, blue-haired German YouTuber known as Rezo showed how unsettling the right combination of digital savvy and political engagement could be […]

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