Sahra Wagenknecht, co-leader of the opposition Left party's group inside Germany's federal Bundestag parliamentary chamber, defied skeptics Tuesday in Berlin by launching Aufstehen (Stand Up), a cross-party leftist movement. She said the "alliance" had 101,000 adherents who had signed up to the project — billed by some media as resembling grassroots movements in Britain, France and the USA that are intent on regulating "neo-liberal" capitalism. Ludger Volmer (Greens) and Simone Lange (SPD) back the new movement Prominent Aufstehen backers include veteran Greens politician Ludger Volmer, dramatist and author Bernd Stegemann, Social Democrat (SPD) parliamentarian Marco Bülow and Wagenknecht's husband, former SPD leader turned former Left party leader Oskar Lafontaine. Also at Tuesday's launch was Simone Lange, mayor of Germany's northern port city of Flensburg and a recent federal SPD leadership challenger. Further left schism? … [Read more...] about Cross-party leftist alliance launched in Germany
Germany has agreed to take 50 of 450 migrants rescued from an overcrowded boat in the Mediterranean following a plea from Italy for EU states to share responsibility. Sunday's show of goodwill came after France and Malta had already agreed to take 50 migrants each in response to letters sent to the governments of the 27 other EU members by Giuseppe Conte, the Italian prime minister, asking them to share responsibility with Rome. It also came as Horst Seehofer, the German interior minister, confirmed that Bavarian state police would be given the power to patrol the state's southern border with Austria as a part of a series of new measures aimed at clamping down on migrant arrivals. Mr Seehofer said on Sunday that Bavarian police would be able to conduct checks at the Austrian border “at the request or with the consent of federal police,” after it was questioned whether it was legal for such power to be granted to them. The number of people crossing the … [Read more...] about Germany agrees to take share of 450 migrants awaiting fate on ships off Italy
After weeks of tensions within the conservative alliance of the Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) over Germany’s handling of refugees and migrants, the chancellor, Angela Merkel (CDU), and her interior minister, Horst Seehofer (CSU), claim to have reached a compromise. What happened and why was it important? Germany is to establish so-called transit zones along the southern border in Bavaria to facilitate the accelerated removal of refugees and migrants who have no entitlement to seek asylum in Germany. The decision aims to bring to an end a longstanding row over Germany’s asylum policy, sparked by the refugee crisis of 2015, which has proved the biggest challenge in the almost 14 years of Merkel’s chancellorship. But questions loom over a deal that both Merkel and Seehofer are claiming as a victory, not least how it can be effectively implemented and whether it will get the approval of the CDU and CSU’s other partner in … [Read more...] about German border deal: how might it work and what are the obstacles?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByEileen Sullivan June 18, 2018 WASHINGTON — President Trump warned on Monday that the United States must avoid the immigration problems facing Europe and he attacked the policies of Germany, one of America’s closest allies. In a series of Twitter posts, Mr. Trump falsely claimed that crime in Germany is on the rise, and railed against immigration policies in Europe, even as his own policies at home face bipartisan criticism about the separation of children from parents when they are stopped at American borders. Germany’s government is on precarious political footing as disputes grow about Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee policy for those seeking asylum. The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. … [Read more...] about Trump Attacks Germany’s Refugee Policy, Saying U.S. Must Avoid Europe’s Immigration Problems
Germany is coming after its neighbors’ nuclear reactors. Berlin is getting rid of its own nuclear plants — the last is supposed to shut down by the end of 2022 — and is turning its attention to the danger posed by rickety reactors in Belgium and France. “Germany has made a decision in favor of a nuclear power exit. It would be desirable if our neighbors would take old plants offline, too,” Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said on May 22. Berlin’s move is part of a broader push by the EU’s anti-nuclear countries, which include Austria and Luxembourg, to squeeze out nuclear power in favor of greener options such as renewables and increased energy efficiency. EU rules allow each country to set its own energy mix. But domestic pressure and popular worries over the risks of nuclear power in the aftermath of Chernobyl and Fukushima have made anti-nuclear interventionism politically popular. Germany is focused on Belgium’s 43-year-old Doel … [Read more...] about Germany targets the atom