Tag: Merkel, Angela

What We Can Learn From Germany

BERLIN — Europe is in crisis. Countries across the Continent are in lockdown. Borders are closed off. Health care systems are dangerously overstretched. Economies are contracting. And people are dying, in terrifying numbers. Here is much the same. Though not in full lockdown, schools, shops, restaurants and theaters are closed; gatherings of more than two […]

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Germany Bans Groups of More Than 2 to Stop Coronavirus as Merkel Self-Isolates

BERLIN — Germany on Sunday barred groups of more than two people from gathering, except for families, as Chancellor Angela Merkel said she herself was going into isolation because her doctor had tested positive for the coronavirus. The chancellor was informed of her doctor’s infection after a news conference Sunday at which she announced the […]

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A French Call to Arms Against the Virus

PARIS — With the spread of the coronavirus accelerating at an alarming rate in France, President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation Monday evening with a call for mobilization. Before millions of television viewers, he looked directly into the camera and declared, “We are at war.” In 20 minutes, he said it six times. Mr. Macron […]

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Macron Declares France ‘at War’ With Virus, as E.U. Proposes 30-Day Travel Ban

BRUSSELS — Adopting martial language, President Emmanuel Macron ordered the French to stay at home for at least the next 15 days, as France put in place some of the most severe measures in Europe to try to curb the raging coronavirus. The aggressive move by France came as other countries in the region introduced […]

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Europe Needs Solidarity. And Ventilators and Masks and Beds.

HAMBURG, Germany — Europe may be the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, as the World Health Organization said last week. But for all those struck down by the virus — past and to come — the crisis has brought Europe’s nations one consolation: When faced with the choice between economic damage and human suffering, they […]

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Trump’s Coronavirus Emergency

The word “nemesis” is too often misused. We tend to think of it as meaning a powerful, nefarious, but ultimately conquerable enemy: Vader; Voldemort; the Wicked Witch of the West. But the original Nemesis was not a villain. She was a goddess — an implacable agent of justice who gives the arrogant, insolent and wicked […]

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Germany’s Conservatives Are in a Mess

HAMBURG, Germany — Germany’s conservatives are in a mess. And it’s of their own making. On Feb. 5, the ruling Christian Democratic Union voted with the far-right Alternative for Germany, known as AfD, to install a liberal governor in the eastern state of Thuringia. The outcry was immediate and damaging. The governor stepped down, promising […]

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Merkel Succession Crisis in Germany Leaves Europe Leaderless, Too

BERLIN — Even before Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chosen successor announced this week that she would step aside, sending German politics into deeper disarray, there were complaints about German leadership in Europe. Ms. Merkel lacked vision, was long the refrain of her critics at home and abroad. The chancellor of 14 years was risk-averse. Her nation, […]

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer Won’t Run for Chancellor

BERLIN — Amid furor over her party’s flirtation with the far right in eastern Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s handpicked successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, said on Monday that she would no longer seek the country’s top position, adding to the political uncertainty in Europe’s most important democracy. The announcement reinforced a profound sense of malaise and political […]

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Merkel’s Anointed Successor, to Quit as Party Leader

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s anointed successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, said on Monday that she would quit as party leader and no longer seek the country’s top position, adding to the political uncertainty in Europe’s most important democracy. The announcement followed five days of political turmoil, in which the local chapter of the Christian Democratic Union […]

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Germany’s Post-Nazi Taboo Against the Far Right Has Been Shattered

BERLIN — Sometimes, it takes an earthquake to reveal what’s below the surface. In the eastern German state of Thuringia this week a regional election displayed the disastrous state of Germany’s political center — and how far the country now stands from the anti-fascist consensus it proclaims to maintain. On Wednesday, the state Parliament of […]

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Britain Is Leaving. Europe Has to Change.

HAMBURG, Germany — It’s happening: The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union on Friday. After decades of steady enlargement, the organization will lose its first member. What can be done to prevent the continent splitting further apart? The question is at least being posed by some. President Emmanuel Macron of France has called for […]

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International Powers Call for Cease-Fire in Libya’s Long Civil War

BERLIN — Russia, Turkey and a dozen other international powers with competing interests in oil-rich Libya called Sunday for a cease-fire and an arms embargo, committing to end their own interference on the ground to give Libyans space for a political reconciliation. Sunday’s gathering, hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, offered a small glimmer […]

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