Angela Merkel is on course to secure another term as German Chancellor with 49 % of Germans giving her their support. A poll conducted by German ARD broadcaster shows that 63 per cent of respondents are pleased with her work, and 72 per cent of those voters back her because she «ensures the people in the country are doing well».
Despite all the spy stories and scandals surrounding the intelligence agencies activities, the German government has not done anything to address the issue. 2017 is the election year in Germany it the vote scheduled on September 24. No doubt, the Der Spiegel revelations will prompt many questions the government will have to answer. Looks like the migration policy is not the only issue Chancellor has failed to address.
In election year, Germany’s Christian Democrats are frantically trying to find a way out of the mess the current CDU chairperson Angela Merkel put them in when she opened the country’s borders to an avalanche of refugees. It is not an easy thing to do, especially as the party’s leader cannot own up to her mistake out loud since she would then have to give up her dream of holding the post of chancellor for another term. That’s why Merkel’s forcedly optimistic slogan «We can do it!» is technically still being used; the German Chancellor remains outraged at Trump’s immigrant ban and says that Germany will continue to take in refugees from conflict zones.
The things European politicians have had to listen to from Recep Tayyip Erdoğan! Over the 14 years of his administration, this charismatic Turkish leader has managed to tally up a long list of the sins committed by the European Union and has often promised to make the EU pay a price for each of them...
During the minutes when the attack was being carried out in Berlin on Monday night, the 19th of December 2016, I was eating a lovely dinner in an Iraqi restaurant just a few kilometers away, in the popular Kreuzberg district.
The election marathon in Germany does not start until 2017, but many of those involved are already actively preparing for it. As the old German proverb goes, he who starts early is halfway there...
European Parliament President Martin Schulz is quitting his job in Strasbourg and aiming for higher office in Berlin. Schulz, who, in 2003, was likened by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to a Nazi concentration camp guard, appears ready to take the helm of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in a gambit to prevent Germany from joining the ranks of the anti-European Union nations in Europe...
The announcement this week from a close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she will stand again for a fourth term is a welcome relief. Frau Merkel is unquestionably the greatest leader in Europe today and in a world entering an increasing period of uncertainty with the exit of the UK from the European Union and the election of Donald J Trump, she stands tall as a beacon of stability and resolute, sensible, liberal leadership. Frau Merkel's mentor, the great Helmut Kohl, was the last German leader to secure a fourth term in office...
What happened in Berlin was as expected: in the wake of the regional elections, the ruling CDU/CSU–SPD coalition has collapsed. The ruling parties suffered a serious defeat. The SPD won just 21.6 percent of the vote while the CDU won 17.6 percent and the two parties do not now have enough votes to form a government. And the balance between the winning and losing parties is such that there is no way the CDU can form a new coalition with another political party...
In 2015, 1.83 million migrants arrived in Europe, of which 1.1 million officially wanted to seek asylum in Germany. And that’s not all – there are also the illegal immigrants, of which there are hundreds of thousands in the country, according to Alternative for Germany leader Frauke Petry. It was hoped that Europe would get some respite after such a powerful migration explosion that would allow the situation to get back to normal, but the findings of researchers are discouraging...