Germany Politics & Government
German conservatives seek to allay SPD fears over coalition deal
Merkel's conservatives, SPD agree German coalition blueprint - sources
Europe at stake in German coalition talks, president tells negotiators
Merkel in last-ditch push for German coalition
Merkel restarts coalition bid with make-or-break talks
Angela Merkel launches new round of preliminary coalition talks
Trump feiert sich selbst als "mental gefestigtes Genie"
Nationalists allowed to join German parliament's soccer team
2018-01-17 22:39:23 BERLIN (AP) — A soccer team of German lawmakers has agreed to let several recently elected members of a nationalist party join its squad. Members of FC Bundestag, the German parliament's recreational team, voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the applications of three lawmakers from the Alternative for Germany party. German news agency dpa reports that one nationalist lawmaker's request was rejected, while another's was put on hold   Read More ...
Germany: Expert commission on war reparations dispute a possibility - Gabriel to Polish FM
2018-01-17 20:35:59 to our channel! rupt.ly/subscribe SOT, Sigmar Gabriel, German Foreign Minister (German): "You know that there has been a debate in recent times on the Polish side about reparations payment. We [the German government] have a clear legal position that all questions of reparations are conclusively regulated by the law, also the democratically elected government of Poland confirmed that at the beginning of the 90s, but it is not helpful to rely on legal positions when there is a societal debate in an important neighbouring land and I believe for example that a way forward could be that we ask scientists to analyse the situation   Read More ...
Top German Social Democrats urge party to back coalition talks with Merkel
2018-01-17 14:46:34 BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading German Social Democrats (SPD) urged delegates on Tuesday to back coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and warned that shunning another tie-up would further damage the party’s already dire ratings. SPD members will vote on Sunday on whether to back full-blown coalition talks with the conservatives. Last week they agreed to a coalition blueprint but some in the party have bashed, saying it does not bear sufficient hallmarks of their party and that they would be better off in opposition   Read More ...
Merkel optimistic Germany can work well with Austria on EU issues
2018-01-17 14:46:31 BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after meeting Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Wednesday she was optimistic their governments could work together closely on European Union issues. “I want to make clear we will gauge the new Austrian government by its actions, and I told the chancellor this,” Merkel told a news conference in Berlin with Kurz. “That is what counts and the things I have just heard on Europe policy make me confident we can achieve very close cooperation,” she added   Read More ...
German center-left leaders push for talks with Merkel
2018-01-17 11:46:01 BERLIN (AP) — Leaders of Germany's Social Democrats are lobbying hard for party members to vote this weekend for opening coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Union bloc. Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz was traveling Wednesday through the states of Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate to seek approval at a party convention Sunday to open formal negotiations with Merkel's conservatives. A rejection would likely force Merkel to try a minority government on her own, or set Germany on course for new elections   Read More ...
German center-left leaders push for talks with Merkel
2018-01-17 11:45:13 BERLIN – Leaders of Germany's Social Democrats are lobbying hard for party members to vote this weekend for opening coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Union bloc. Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz was traveling Wednesday through the states of Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate to seek approval at a party convention Sunday to open formal negotiations with Merkel's conservatives. A rejection would likely force Merkel to try a minority government on her own, or set Germany on course for new elections   Read More ...
German center-left leaders push for talks with Merkel
2018-01-17 11:39:57 BERLIN (AP) — Leaders of Germany's Social Democrats are lobbying hard for party members to vote this weekend for opening coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Union bloc. Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz was traveling Wednesday through the states of Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate to seek approval at a party convention Sunday to open formal negotiations with Merkel's conservatives. A rejection would likely force Merkel to try a minority government on her own, or set Germany on course for new elections   Read More ...
Factbox - The SPD's path to a German coalition deal
2018-01-16 14:48:23 BERLIN (Reuters) - Delegates to a special congress in Bonn of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) vote on Sunday on whether to let their leadership enter formal talks on joining conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel in government for another four years. Party bigwigs led by leader Martin Schulz are arguing for a repeat coalition, saying that a blueprint they have thrashed out with Merkel's camp secures clear left-wing policy goals and that the SPD should step up for the sake of the country   Read More ...
Donald Trump White House Goes from Bad to Worse
2018-01-16 12:12:00 Stephen Miller is one of the people charged with convincing the world that everything is just fine, and nothing is out of the ordinary. The White House speechwriter went on CNN a week ago Sunday for a live interview to comment on "Fire and Fury," the new book about U.S. President Donald Trump by the journalist Michael Wolff. The tome presents the president as psychologically unstable, as dumb, senile and dangerously erratic   Read More ...
Re-launch of German 'grand coalition' under threat by some SPD members
2018-01-16 03:02:38 German Chancellor and leader of German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel (C) shakes hands with leader of German Social Democratic Party (SPD) Martin Schulz (R) after a joint press conference at the headquarters of SPD, in Berlin, Germany, on Jan. 12, 2018. (Xinhua/Shan Yuqi) Infighting amongst the German Social Democrats (SPD) following the conclusion of preliminary talks with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) has raised questions over the viability of another German "grand coalition" on Monday   Read More ...
Germany: 'We want the grand coalition' - CSU's Seehofer comments on talks with SPD
2018-01-15 22:32:01 Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), the sister party of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), confirmed that his party are ready to take the next steps in forming a grand coalition with Schulz's Social Democratic Party (SPD) after a CSU board meeting in Munich on Monday. The terms of the coalition are not expected to "substantially change the results of exploratory talks" that have been ongoing between the CDU/CSU and SPD. "We have submitted a clear vote to begin coalition negotiations, because we are very satisfied with the result of exploratory talks with the SPD," confirmed the CSU's General Secretary, Andreas Scheuer   Read More ...
Juego sucio - Cómo ganó Trump las elecciones | ZonaDocu
2018-01-15 18:10:42 Según el voto popular, él habría perdido con un margen histórico de casi 3 millones de votos. En la campaña electoral apostó por alborotar, atacar y herir; manipuló los hechos y la verdad a su antojo. Ese hombre es Donald Trump y desde enero de 2017, es el presidente de los Estados Unidos. ¿Cómo ha llegado tan alto?Donald Trump, el 45° presidente de los Estados Unidos de América, tiene el apoyo de una familia poderosa. Una familia que, desde hace una década, ha invertido millones de dólares en campañas conservadoras y ha rehusado una y otra vez someterse a cualquier tipo de investigación pública: es el clan del multimillonario Robert Mercer   Read More ...
German conservatives seek to allay SPD fears over coalition deal
2018-01-15 13:01:36 BERLIN: A senior member of Germany's conservatives said a blueprint on forming a coalition government with the Social Democrats (SPD) would be further refined, in remarks seemingly intended to appease opponents of the deal. Some SPD members have vowed to vote at a party congress this week against giving leaders the go-ahead for formal negotiations with the conservatives. They say key election promises, like raising taxes, were forfeited   Read More ...
German conservatives seek to allay SPD fears over coalition deal
2018-01-15 12:16:51 BERLIN - A senior member of Germany's conservatives said a blueprint on forming a coalition government with the Social Democrats (SPD) would be further refined, in remarks seemingly intended to appease opponents of the deal.Some SPD members have vowed to vote at a party congress this week against giving leaders the go-ahead for formal negotiations with the conservatives. They say key election promises, like raising taxes, were forfeited   Read More ...
German center-left party battles over new Merkel coalition
2018-01-15 12:12:13 BERLIN – Supporters and opponents of a new alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel are making their case to members of Germany's main center-left party who will decide this weekend whether to negotiate a new governing coalition. Merkel's Union bloc and leaders of the center-left Social Democrats last week reached a preliminary deal to open formal coalition negotiations. That agreement now needs approval from a party congress Sunday of the Social Democrats, many of whose members are deeply skeptical after a disastrous election result in September   Read More ...
German conservatives seek to allay SPD fears over coalition deal
2018-01-15 12:11:52 BERLIN (Reuters) - A senior member of Germany’s conservatives said a blueprint on forming a coalition government with the Social Democrats (SPD) would be further refined, in remarks seemingly intended to appease opponents of the deal. Some SPD members have vowed to vote at a party congress this week against giving leaders the go-ahead for formal negotiations with the conservatives. They say key election promises, like raising taxes, were forfeited   Read More ...
Germany needs new political blood as Merkel is unlikely to finish fourth term, analyst says
2018-01-15 12:11:33 Following failed coalition talks between Merkel's German Christian Democrats (CDU), the Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP); the CDU and the Socialist Democrats (SPD) agreed Friday that there is enough common ground between them to work together and form a government. However, Nina Schick, director of data and polling at Rasmussen Global, doubts that Merkel has the political strength needed to remain in power for the full term   Read More ...
German conservatives seek to allay SPD fears over coalition deal
2018-01-15 11:47:57 BERLIN (Reuters) - A senior member of Germany's conservatives said a blueprint on forming a coalition government with the Social Democrats (SPD) would be further refined, in remarks seemingly intended to appease opponents of the deal. Some SPD members have vowed to vote at a party congress this week against giving leaders the go-ahead for formal negotiations with the conservatives. They say key election promises, like raising taxes, were forfeited   Read More ...
German center-left party battles over new Merkel coalition
2018-01-15 11:36:44 BERLIN (AP) — Supporters and opponents of a new alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel are making their case to members of Germany's main center-left party who will decide this weekend whether to negotiate a new governing coalition. Merkel's Union bloc and leaders of the center-left Social Democrats last week reached a preliminary deal to open formal coalition negotiations. That agreement now needs approval from a party congress Sunday of the Social Democrats, many of whose members are deeply skeptical after a disastrous election result in September   Read More ...
Elizabeth II. (91) gibt seltenes Interview - Die Queen glaubte als Kind an „Wundernebel“
2018-01-14 22:46:25 Auch Englands Königin war mal ein entzückend normales Mädchen! Anlässlich ihres 65-jährigen Krönungsjubiläums gab Queen Elizabeth II. (91) eines ihrer seltenen Interviews. Ausgestrahlt wurde es am Sonntagabend in der Dokumentation „The Coronation“ (Die Krönung) um 22 Uhr deutscher Zeit in der BBC. ► Die Königin Englands spricht In der einstündigen Sendung auch über ihre Kindheitserinnerungen. Zum Beispiel, wie sie als Elfjährige die Krönung ihres Vaters George VI   Read More ...
Donald Trump: Hat er nun "Drecksloch" gesagt oder nicht?
2018-01-14 22:42:43 US-Präsident Donald Trump hat in der Diskussion um seine angebliche "Drecksloch"-Äußerung Rückendeckung erhalten. Der republikanische Senator David Perdue aus dem Bundesstaat Georgia, der an dem fraglichen Gespräch am vergangenen Donnerstag teilgenommen hatte, erklärte in der ABC-Sendung "This Week": "Ich sage Ihnen, dieses Wort ist nicht gefallen." Auch Trump selbst hatte auf Twitter mitgeteilt, er habe die ihm unterstellte Wortwahl nicht getroffen, wenngleich er in der Debatte um die Migration "harte" Worte gewählt habe   Read More ...
Germany's defense minister visits soldiers in Jordan | DW English
2018-01-14 18:05:17 : German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has visited Bundeswehr soldiers at the al-Azraq air base in Jordan, where they have been stationed since October 2017. The German contingent is participating in the fight against "Islamic State" militants. More DW news:   Read More ...
German SPD leaders aim to improve on coalition deal with Merkel
2018-01-14 14:47:28 BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading members of Germany's Social Democrats vowed on Sunday to press for improvements to a coalition blueprint they have agreed with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, seeking to win over sceptical party members who can torpedo the agreement. Social Democrat (SPD) leaders must sell the deal to party members before a congress on Jan. 21 at which delegates vote on the agreement, clinched on Friday after 25 hours of exploratory talks   Read More ...
German SPD leaders aim to improve on coalition deal with Merkel
2018-01-14 14:39:46 BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading members of Germany’s Social Democrats vowed on Sunday to press for improvements to a coalition blueprint they have agreed with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, seeking to win over skeptical party members who can torpedo the agreement. Social Democrat (SPD) leaders must sell the deal to party members before a congress on Jan. 21 at which delegates vote on the agreement, clinched on Friday after 25 hours of exploratory talks   Read More ...
Social Democrats in east reject proposed German coalition
2018-01-13 19:07:06 BERLIN (AP) — Members of the center-left Social Democratic Party in Germany's Saxony-Anhalt state have voted against a proposed national-level coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's bloc. German news agency dpa reported that delegates at a party convention in the eastern state narrowly backed a motion by the youth wing on Saturday rejecting a renewal of the "grand coalition" that has governed Germany since 2013   Read More ...
Social Democrats in east reject proposed German coalition
2018-01-13 18:41:23 BERLIN – Members of the center-left Social Democratic Party in Germany's Saxony-Anhalt state have voted against a proposed national-level coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's bloc. German news agency dpa reported that delegates at a party convention in the eastern state narrowly backed a motion by the youth wing on Saturday rejecting a renewal of the "grand coalition" that has governed Germany since 2013   Read More ...
No Grand Coalition! Opponents of Merkel alliance hit the road
2018-01-13 18:08:17 WERNIGERODE, Germany (Reuters) - Opponents of a renewed German “grand coalition” took to the road on Saturday, hoping to persuade members of their Social Democratic Party (SPD) to vote against governing with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives for another four years. The party’s rank-and-file, bruised after seeing the SPD’s previous stint as Merkel’s junior partner lead to its worst election result since 1933, is wary of its leaders’ calls for the party to step up for the sake of Germany’s stability   Read More ...
German defense minister visits German troops at Jordan base
2018-01-13 16:10:21 AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Germany will continue to participate in the battle against Islamic State group, even after the extremists suffered territorial losses, the German defense minister said Saturday as she visited German troops at a Jordanian air base. The German contingent has been stationed since October at the Azraq air base in northern Jordan from where German aircraft have been flying reconnaissance and refueling missions as part of the international military campaign against IS   Read More ...
German defense minister visits German troops at Jordan base
2018-01-13 15:37:05 AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Germany's defense minister is visiting a Jordanian air base where German troops have been stationed since October as part of an international military campaign against Islamic State extremists. A group of German parliamentarians accompanied Ursula von der Leyen on a tour Saturday of the Azraq base in northern Jordan. The German contingent was initially stationed in Turkey, but moved to Jordan after Turkey repeatedly barred German parliamentarians from visiting the troops   Read More ...
German defense minister visits German troops at Jordan base
2018-01-13 15:08:19 AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Germany's defense minister is visiting a Jordanian air base where German troops have been stationed since October as part of an international military campaign against Islamic State extremists. A group of German parliamentarians accompanied Ursula von der Leyen on a tour Saturday of the Azraq base in northern Jordan. The German contingent was initially stationed in Turkey, but moved to Jordan after Turkey repeatedly barred German parliamentarians from visiting the troops   Read More ...
Left-wing German Social Democrats lobby against Merkel alliance
2018-01-13 15:07:56 BERLIN (Reuters) - Left-wing German Social Democrats lobbied party members on Saturday against joining Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in a re-run of their 2013-2017 alliance, a week before delegates are asked to back a coalition blueprint. The push-back from the left wing of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) came a day after its leaders urged members to swallow their doubts and endorse a deal to renew a “grand coalition” with Merkel’s conservatives for another four years   Read More ...
German defense minister visits German troops at Jordan base
2018-01-13 14:41:01 AMMAN, Jordan – Germany's defense minister is visiting a Jordanian air base where German troops have been stationed since October as part of an international military campaign against Islamic State extremists. A group of German parliamentarians accompanied Ursula von der Leyen on a tour Saturday of the Azraq base in northern Jordan. The German contingent was initially stationed in Turkey, but moved to Jordan after Turkey repeatedly barred German parliamentarians from visiting the troops   Read More ...
German Conservatives, Social Democrats in more coalition talks
2018-01-13 11:05:16 (8 Jan 2018) German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and the centre-left Social Democrats continued talks on Monday on potentially working together in a new German government, more than three months after Germans voted. Leaders have stressed the need for speed as they attempt to break an impasse more than three months after the country's election. Merkel's conservative Union bloc and the Social Democrats have run Germany together for the past four years. But the Social Democrats vowed to go into opposition after a disastrous election result on September 24, and only reluctantly reconsidered after Merkel's attempt to build a coalition with two smaller parties collapsed in November   Read More ...
Merkel strikes deal with social democrats, opening way to new German government
2018-01-13 06:25:56 Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a deal with Social Democrat (SPD) rivals on Friday to open government coalition talks, easing months of uncertainty that has undermined Germany's global role and raised questions about her political future. But the deal to revive a “grand coalition” that has governed since 2013 must be approved by SPD party members at a congress planned for January 21   Read More ...
Presión política contra Donald Trump
2018-01-13 06:16:07 ¿Cuán grande es la presión politica contra Donald Trump tras sus ofensas? Hay congresistas que le piden se retracte y ofrezca disculpas publicas. El análisis por José Díaz Briseño.   Read More ...
Trump's first year: Beyond all reason? | DW English
2018-01-13 06:15:51 Am 12.01.2018 veröffentlicht Donald Trump's first year in office has featured running battles between the president and his critics, his enemies and even his allies. How damaging has it been? Guests: Matthew Karnitschnig (Politico), Anna Sauerbrey (Tagesspiegel), Christiane Meier (ARD).For more about Trump's first year in office visit: http://www.dw.com/en/donald-trumps-pr...Quadriga-Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list   Read More ...
How Trump won | DW Documentary
2018-01-13 06:15:24 Donald Trump didn’t win the popular vote in the 2016 US election. He lied to both press and public during his campaign. But, he still won the presidency. Trump’s campaign pushed his country into what has been called a “post-truth” era. Since January 2017, however, Trump has been President of the United States. How could such a thing happen? There is a powerful family behind Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States of America - a family that has been donating millions of dollars to conservative causes for a decade, and has repeatedly obstructed any attempts to subject it to public scrutiny and accountability   Read More ...
Angela Merkel strikes deal with Social Democrats, opens way to new German government
2018-01-13 05:39:15 Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a deal with Social Democrat (SPD) rivals on Friday to open government coalition talks, easing months of uncertainty that has undermined Germany's global role and raised questions about her political future. But the deal to revive a "grand coalition" that has governed since 2013 must be approved by an SPD congress planned for January 21. Some members fear further association with Merkel's chancellorship could erode the influence of the party which suffered the worst result in September's election since the modern Federal Republic was founded in 1949   Read More ...
Merkel, Schulz reach deal for German coalition talks after all-night marathon
2018-01-13 04:47:29 German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her liberal rival Martin Schulz reached a preliminary deal Friday to begin coalition talks, in a breakthrough that moves the country one step closer to a new government after months of political deadlock. The agreement, reached after 24 hours of exploratory talks that stretched through the night, should pave the way for negotiations between the Bundestag's two biggest parties to resume the "grand coalition" that has governed the country for eight of the past 12 years   Read More ...
The Age of Fire and Fury: Latest Der SPIEGEL Trump cover explained
2018-01-13 04:27:00 "Fire and Fury" is the title of the new exposé of Donald Trump's first year in the White House. The tome has only been out for a few days, and yet it has already established itself as one of the books of the year. Even we journalists find ourselves describing the book's contents as "indescribable" and "unfathomable." Can the world's most powerful man really be dumb, senile and addicted to television as the book claims? He spends his early evenings watching three televisions in his bedroom? Eating a cheeseburger and tweeting all the while? An entire White House teetering between hysteria and chaos? And yet, it's still the journalist's job to describe the indescribable and fathom the unfathomable   Read More ...