Germany Politics & Government
Donald Trump: Ein Handelskrieg gefährdet Deutschlands Wohlstand
Tensions build in new, 'explosive' German coalition
German Foreign Minister Gabriel won't be in new government
Germany alarmed after resignation of Trump's economic adviser
After five months, Merkel finally assembles a shaky coalition in Germany
Germany braces for crucial vote outcome on Merkel's next govt
Missing ambassador, US Embassy in Germany pays for prof who compared Trump to ISIS
2018-04-19 05:04:09 Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Germany hired a professor for a speaking engagement who once compared President Trump's rhetoric to that of the Islamic State. It's a move some lawmakers say is what you get when ambassador appointments aren't properly confirmed and deployed around the world. "Germany is a very important partner to the United States," Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo   Read More ...
German regional conservatives say could talk to left and right
2018-04-12 13:50:09 BERLIN (Reuters) - Conservatives in Germany's Brandenburg state say they are willing to talk to the far left and right after next year's election in a break with the past that shows broader political fragmentation. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) have always refused to deal with the Left party, heir to East Germany's Communist party, or the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD), regarding both as undemocratic   Read More ...
Merkel ally defiant in row over Islam's place in Germany
2018-03-23 15:50:42 BERLIN (Reuters) - German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Friday he would not change his views on Islam, striking a defiant note just two days after Chancellor Angela Merkel put him down for challenging the place of the religion in Germany. Merkel appointed Seehofer, who leads her conservative Bavarian allies, to her cabinet as interior minister under a coalition deal struck earlier this month   Read More ...
Merkel fatigue? The view from 'Mini-Deutschland' - BBC Newsnight
2018-03-16 20:23:42 Almost six months after Germany's general election, Angela Merkel has been sworn in for her fourth time as chancellor. It has certainly been a trying few months for Germany; Gabriel Gatehouse visited a small town in south west Germany to test the mood there. Newsnight is the BBC's flagship news and current affairs TV programme - with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews. Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsnight Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBCNewsnight Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcnewsnight.   Read More ...
'Islam does not belong to Germany,' says new German interior minister
2018-03-16 19:47:44 BERLIN — New Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Islam did not belong to Germany in an interview published on Friday, setting him on a collision course with Chancellor Angela Merkel who has stressed the need to integrate Muslims.   Read More ...
German parliamentary leader calls for Russian cooperation in spy case
2018-03-13 11:11:12 Chairman of German Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee Dr. Norbert Rottgen said on Tuesday that if Russia does not cooperate in the investigation into the attack on the Russian spy using nerve gas that took place in England on March 3'd the West should take a joint stand. Former double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33 were found unconscious on a bench in the southern English cathedral city of Salisbury on March 3'd and have been in hospital since   Read More ...
Merkel says she will visit Macron to discuss EU reform
2018-03-13 03:06:55 Berlin, Germany | AFP | German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday, two days before she is to launch her new government, that she will pay a quick visit to French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss EU reform proposals. Without naming a date, Merkel said she would visit Paris ahead of an EU summit late next week, to meet Macron “with the goal of advancing common proposals for Europe”   Read More ...
Donald Trump: Trade War Theatens Germany and Europe
2018-03-12 20:14:15 Green appears to be the color of the season. At the Geneva International Motor Show, Ford last week presented a limited-edition Mustang Bullitt in "Dark Highland Green" The M8 Gran Coupé from BMW showed up in lustrous "Salève Vert." And Porsche's new 911 looks a bit like a lacquered tree frog. Green like springtime. The color of hope. Starting last Thursday, automobile manufacturers once again began presenting their newest attractions   Read More ...
No love match for Germany in Merkel's third grand coalition
2018-03-12 17:10:37 BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel and her partners met to formally sign their agreement on a new “grand coalition” government on Monday and admitted it was a political necessity, not a “love match”. At a news conference before signing the deal with the leaders of her Bavarian sister party and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), Merkel was asked if their stern faces boded ill for the new coalition   Read More ...
Germany: Merkel, Seehofer and Scholz sign Grand Coalition agreement
2018-03-12 16:32:07 The leaders of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU) and Social Democratic (SDP) parties signed their 'Grand Coalition' government agreement in Berlin on Monday. The 177-page document was signed by German Chancellor and CDU leader Angela Merkel, CSU leader Horst Seehofer and the acting chair of SPD Olaf Scholz. "Europe is the guarantee for a better Germany," said Merkel. Scholz also called for the further development of the EU as a central concern. Seehofer said it will be a coalition for "common people." The prosperity of the country must reach all people. Despite the economic boom, the crucial task is that good jobs are available in the future, added Merkel   Read More ...
Germany: FDP and AfD opposition leaders slam coalition agreement
2018-03-12 16:32:02 Leaders of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and Alternative for Germany (AfD) spoke of the recent coalition agreement between Germany's two major parties, speaking at a press conference in Berlin on Monday. Chair of FDP Bundestag Faction Christian Lindner criticised the coalition agreement for not taking care of Germany's middle class. He said his party should "look at the middle, who aren't needy - quite the contrary - they are who are carrying the country on their shoulders and they only expect that their lives may be made a little easier." Lindner went on to claim that his party would offer "the centre ground" within the Bundestag   Read More ...
Germany: Not a 'love match' - Merkel, Scholz and Seehofer discuss new coalition agreement
2018-03-12 16:31:57 German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat alongside CSU leader Horst Seehofer and SPD politician Olaf Scholz, on Monday, at a press conference in Berlin, to discuss the new agreement that would see their respective parties enter a Grand Coalition. Merkel said that now was the time for the "real work" to begin, and applauded the agreement that she described as, "A new appeal for Europe, a new dynamic for Germany, a new solidarity for our nation." Scholz joked that while the coalition may not have started out in life as a "love match", they are entering the coalition to offer Germany a stable government   Read More ...
Germany: Merkel’s beer to Putin ‘who remembers fondly from KGB days’
2018-03-12 14:32:36 Angela Merkel confirmed that she sent East German beer to Russian President Vladimir Putin “who remembers it fondly from his days as a KGB agent in Germany,” she told a press conference in Berlin, Monday. The Chancellor was asked by a reporter to reveal what she received from Putin after the Russian President made the beer revelation during an interview over the weekend. She told journalists that Putin gifted her smoked fish. Subscribesubscribe Video ID: 20180312 019 Video on Demand: Contact: cd@ruptly.tv Twitter: Facebook:   Read More ...
Germany's Merkel still hopes for talks on U.S. tariffs
2018-03-12 13:43:52 BERLIN, March 12 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe must be ready to respond to the unilateral imposition of trade tariffs by the United States but she first hoped for talks on the issue. U.S. President Donald Trump set import tariffs on Thursday of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium, to come into force in 15 days, though Washington opened the way to some exemptions the following day after pressure from allies   Read More ...
Germany's Merkel: time for new government to get to work
2018-03-12 13:11:12 BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says "it's finally time to start work" as Germany's new government prepares to take office nearly six months after the country's election. Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, its Bavaria-only sister party the Christian Social Union, and the center-left Social Democrats were to sign their coalition agreement Monday. Parliament is due to elect Merkel for her fourth term as chancellor on Wednesday, a record 171 days after Germans voted   Read More ...
Germany's Merkel: time for new government to get to work
2018-03-12 12:46:09 BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says "it's finally time to start work" as Germany's new government prepares to take office nearly six months after the country's election. Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, its Bavaria-only sister party the Christian Social Union, and the center-left Social Democrats were to sign their coalition agreement Monday. Parliament is due to elect Merkel for her fourth term as chancellor on Wednesday, a record 171 days after Germans voted   Read More ...
Germany: Trump's tariff plan bad for US economy
2018-03-12 09:33:16 The German economy minister has warned about the consequences of the US president’s plan to slap tariffs on aluminum and steel imports. Brigitte Zypries stressed that the move will cost jobs and hinder economic growth. She noted that Donald Trump's policies put the order of a free global economy at risk. The German economy minister said imposing tariffs on aluminum and steel imports jeopardizes market prosperity. Zypries underlined the necessity for a collective response from the European Union in order to show Washington that there will be countermeasures if Trump goes ahead with his plan. The US president’s announcement has been met by strong objections from Washington’s allies and main trade partners who believe the move amounts to an open war on their interests   Read More ...
Donald Trump: Ein Handelskrieg gefährdet Deutschlands Wohlstand
2018-03-12 09:03:08 Grün ist die Farbe der Saison. Auf dem Genfer Autosalon präsentiert Ford seinen Mustang, Sonderedition Bullitt, in "Dark Highland Green". Der M8 Gran Coupé von BMW fährt im schimmernden Ton "Salève Vert" vor. Und Porsches neuer 911er sieht aus wie ein lackierter Laubfrosch. Grün wie der Frühling. Grün wie die Hoffnung. In dieser Woche zeigen die Autohersteller in den Messehallen wieder ihre Attraktionen, doch diesmal fällt es den Managern schwerer als sonst, Zuversicht zu verströmen   Read More ...
Germany, China warn Trump tariff moves threaten global trade
2018-03-11 21:39:16 BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany denounced moves by President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on U.S. metal imports, saying Europe needed a united response to the threat and echoing criticism from China that it risked undermining the global trade system. Trump set import tariffs on Thursday of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium, to come into force in 15 days, though Washington opened the way to some exemptions the following day after pressure from allies   Read More ...
The Vladimir Putin System: Russia and Its Eternal President
2018-03-11 20:11:52 The clip shows a man climbing into bed on the eve of the election and telling his wife that he's not planning to vote. When he wakes up, Russia has completely changed. At the door is a black soldier who is part of an army unit seeking to conscript the man into the military. The man's son is wearing a pioneer kerchief of the kind children wore during Soviet times   Read More ...
Germany's new interior minister lays down law-and-order credentials
2018-03-11 16:40:23 Horst Seehofer, who heads Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies the Christian Social Union (CSU), told Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag that Germany should remain an open and liberal country. “But when it comes to protecting citizens, we need to have a strong state,” he said. Seehofer takes office in a continuation of the grand coalition of Merkel’s conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) that has governed Germany since 2013, which the SPD’s rank and file approved last week - nearly half year after inconclusive national elections   Read More ...
Next German interior minister vows to be tough on migrants
2018-03-11 14:35:36 BERLIN (AP) — Germany's designated interior minister vows to speed up deportations of rejected asylum-seekers once he takes office next week. Horst Seehofer, who is currrently still the governor of Bavaria, said Sunday he wants to implement a "plan for accelerated asylum procedures and consequent deportations." Seehofer will be part of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's future Cabinet, which will be sworn in Wednesday   Read More ...
Merkels Minister im Experten-Check - Was können die eigentlich wirklich?
2018-03-09 23:46:32 Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (63, CDU) und ihre 15-köpfige Ministerriege: Am Mittwoch wird die neue GroKo-Truppe die Regierung übernehmen. Aber was muss man eigentlich können, um einen der begehrten Sessel am Kabinettstisch im Bundeskanzleramt zu ergattern? Und was müssen sie sofort anpacken? Grundsätzlich gilt bei der Besetzung: Fachkompetenz nützt gar nichts – wenn Mann (oder Frau) z. B. aus dem falschen Bundesland kommt oder zum falschen Parteiflügel gehört   Read More ...
Angela Merkel spricht von "ernster Situation" durch Strafzölle
2018-03-09 20:42:43 Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel hat die Verhängung von US-Zöllen für Stahl und Aluminium als "ernste Situation" bezeichnet. Die Zölle seien nicht sachgerecht, sagte Merkel in Stralsund vor dem CDU-Wirtschaftsrat von Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Merkel verwies darauf, dass es weltweit ein gegenseitig vereinbartes System von Einfuhrzöllen gebe. "Was jetzt hier passiert, sind einseitige Aktionen, und die muss man entsprechend beantworten." US-Präsident Donald Trump hatte in Washington zwei Proklamationen unterzeichnet, wonach Zölle in Höhe von 25 Prozent auf eingeführten Stahl und von 10 Prozent auf Aluminium in Kraft treten sollen   Read More ...
Tensions build in new, 'explosive' German coalition
2018-03-09 18:01:29 BERLIN: Fault lines are emerging in Germany's new government before ministers have even held their first cabinet meeting, with tensions over the sequencing and extent of reforms already pulling at the fragile coalition. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives only turned to the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) to prolong their 'grand coalition' out of desperation after talks on a three-way alliance with two smaller parties collapsed last November   Read More ...
Tensions build in new, 'explosive' German coalition
2018-03-09 17:48:02 BERLIN (Reuters) - Fault lines are emerging in Germany's new government before ministers have even held their first cabinet meeting, with tensions over the sequencing and extent of reforms already pulling at the fragile coalition. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives only turned to the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) to prolong their 'grand coalition' out of desperation after talks on a three-way alliance with two smaller parties collapsed last November   Read More ...
Tensions build in new, 'explosive' German coalition
2018-03-09 17:44:14 BERLIN (Reuters) - Fault lines are emerging in Germany’s new government before ministers have even held their first cabinet meeting, with tensions over the sequencing and extent of reforms already pulling at the fragile coalition. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives only turned to the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) to prolong their ‘grand coalition’ out of desperation after talks on a three-way alliance with two smaller parties collapsed last November   Read More ...
German government takes shape as SPD names ministers
2018-03-09 17:43:54 BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Social Democrats on Friday named two seasoned politicians to key posts in a new government, with Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz to become finance minister in Europe’s largest economy and Heiko Maas becoming foreign minister. The SPD’s designated leader Andrea Nahles and Scholz announced the party’s six ministry appointments at a news conference. Maas, who was justice minister, will replace Sigmar Gabriel as foreign minister, Nahles said   Read More ...
New German government takes shape as SPD names ministers
2018-03-09 15:43:38 BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Social Democrats on Friday named two seasoned politicians to key posts in a new government, with Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz to become finance minister in Europe’s largest economy and the justice minister becoming foreign minister. The SPD’s designated leader Andrea Nahles and Scholz announced the party’s six ministry appointments at a news conference. Justice Minister Heiko Maas would replace Sigmar Gabriel as foreign minister, Nahles said   Read More ...
The Latest: Merkel hopes for EU exemption from tariffs
2018-03-09 15:08:40 BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the international reaction to President Donald Trump's plan to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum (all times local): German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she hopes the European Union will be exempted from new U.S. tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum, like Mexico and Canada. Merkel says Germany views the new import duties ordered by U   Read More ...
Merkel cabinet complete as SPD claims key finance, foreign ministries
2018-03-09 14:01:21 BERLIN: Germany's second biggest party, the Social Democrats, on Friday (Mar 9) named their ministers in Chancellor Angela Merkel's next government, completing a cabinet lineup in which they snatched the trophy finance and foreign affairs portfolios. Olaf Scholz, 59, the interim leader of the Social Democrats (SPD), will take over the powerful finance ministry which in recent years was led by fiscal hawk Wolfgang Schaeuble of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU)   Read More ...
Merkel sees "glimmers of hope" on North Korea
2018-03-09 13:48:12 MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday there were reasons to be hopeful about the situation in North Korea, especially given progress towards talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump said he was prepared to meet North Korea's Kim in what would be the first face-to-face encounter between the two countries' leaders and could mark a breakthrough in the standoff over the North's nuclear weapons   Read More ...
The Latest: Germany 'prepared for everything' over tariffs
2018-03-09 13:37:49 BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the international reaction to President Donald Trump's plan to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum (all times local): The German government says it's "prepared for everything" in the growing spat with the United States over import tariffs on European products. U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered new tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum imports that will take effect in 15 days   Read More ...
UPDATE 1-New German government takes shape as SPD names ministers
2018-03-09 12:07:43 (Adds details, context) By Holger Hansen and Michelle Martin BERLIN, March 9 (Reuters) - Germany’s Social Democrats on Friday named two seasoned politicians to key posts in a new government, with Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz to become finance minister in Europe’s largest economy and the justice minister becoming foreign minister. The SPD’s designated leader Andrea Nahles and Scholz announced the party’s six ministry appointments at a news conference   Read More ...
Germany's SPD proposes veterans, newbies for next government
2018-03-09 11:42:25 BERLIN – Germany's center-left Social Democrats party is proposing a mix of veterans and newcomers for ministerial posts in the country's next government. The party's membership on Sunday approved continuing the current "grand coalition" with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Union bloc until 2021. Party leaders confirmed Friday that Justice Minister Heiko Maas will move to the Foreign Ministry and acting Labor Minister Katarina Barley will get the justice portfolio   Read More ...
Germany's SPD proposes veterans, newbies for next government
2018-03-09 11:35:36 BERLIN (AP) — Germany's center-left Social Democrats party is proposing a mix of veterans and newcomers for ministerial posts in the country's next government. The party's membership on Sunday approved continuing the current "grand coalition" with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Union bloc until 2021. Party leaders confirmed Friday that Justice Minister Heiko Maas will move to the Foreign Ministry and acting Labor Minister Katarina Barley will get the justice portfolio   Read More ...
Germany's SPD proposes veterans, newbies for next government
2018-03-09 11:07:53 BERLIN (AP) — Germany's center-left Social Democrats party is proposing a mix of veterans and newcomers for ministerial posts in the country's next government. The party's membership on Sunday approved continuing the current "grand coalition" with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Union bloc until 2021. Party leaders confirmed Friday that Justice Minister Heiko Maas will move to the Foreign Ministry and acting Labor Minister Katarina Barley will get the justice portfolio   Read More ...
Bartlett is World's Tourism Minister of the Year
2018-03-08 22:31:54 BERLIN, Germany — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett was today awarded Worldwide Tourism Minister of the Year by the prestigious Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) in Berlin, Germany. Jamaica also received the PATWA International Travel Award 2017 for the Best Destination for Adventure Tourism. Other awardees included Qatar Airways -- Airline of the Year; India Best Destination – Heritage; and the US State of California's Napa Valley, Best Destination -- Wine Tourism   Read More ...
Germany Has Doubts About Aggressive EU Response to Trump
2018-03-08 22:00:03 A rift has appeared in Europe over how to respond to President Donald Trump’s proposed steel tariffs, with Germany alarmed that tough retaliation by European Union officials could escalate and ensnare the country’s car industry.   Read More ...
UPDATE 3-German Justice Minister Maas to be new foreign minister - source
2018-03-08 16:12:38 * SPD due to announce cabinet posts on Friday * Gabriel loses out in SPD shake-up * SPD has six posts in new “grand coalition” (Recasts, changes attribution) By Madeline Chambers and Holger Hansen BERLIN, March 8 (Reuters) - Social Democrat Heiko Maas, justice minister in the last government, is to become Germany’s foreign minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new coalition government, a source in his party said on Thursday   Read More ...