Griff Witte and Luisa Beck, The Washington Post Published 3:38 am PDT, Friday, October 26, 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a news conference following a European Union (EU) leaders summit in Brussels on Feb. 23, 2018. German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a news conference following a European Union (EU) leaders summit in Brussels on Feb. 23, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Dario Pignatelli. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Dario Pignatelli. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a news conference following a European Union (EU) leaders summit in Brussels on Feb. 23, 2018. German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a news conference following a European Union (EU) leaders summit in Brussels on Feb. 23, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg … [Read more...] about Angela Merkel pleads for stability. But is she destabilizing Germany?
World International Affairs Germany has decided to halt arms deals with Saudi Arabia as questions around the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi agents loomed. “The government is in agreement that we will not approve further arms exports for the moment because we want to know what happened,” Peter Altmaier, Germany's economics minister, told broadcaster ZDF on Monday, the Financial Times reported. The minister also called on fellow European nations to follow Germany’s lead. “Only when all European countries agree does that make an impression on the government in Riyadh,” Altmaier said. “It has absolutely no positive consequences if we stop arms exports but at the same time other countries fill this gap.” Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (center) speaks with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (right) as they arrive at the European Commission in Brussels on February 23. OLIVIER HOSLET/AFP/Getty … [Read more...] about Will Trump Cancel Saudi Arms Deal? Angela Merkel Halts German Sales, Puts Pressure on U.S. After Khashoggi Killing
WORLD NEWS 10/14/2018 03:19 pm ET The Christian Social Union acquired only about 36 percent of the vote, losing its absolute majority. Michael Nienaber, Paul Carrel and Jörn Poltz BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) ― Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies suffered their worst election result since 1950 on Sunday, bleeding votes to the far-right in a setback that immediately raised tensions within Germany’s crisis-prone national government. The Christian Social Union (CSU) won 35.6 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed, losing its absolute majority for only the second time since 1962 ― an outcome sure to stoke infighting in the conservative party, already a difficult partner for Merkel in Berlin. “Of course today is not an easy day for the CSU. We did not achieve a good result,” Bavarian premier Markus Soeder told a gathering of his party. “We accept the result with humility,” he said, adding that the CSU nonetheless … [Read more...] about Angela Merkel’s Bavarian Allies Suffer Worst Election Results Since 1950
World The youth organization of Angela Merkel’s political party has voted in favor of limiting the number of terms a chancellor can remain in office, suggesting a cap below the amount of time she has already served. Young members of the Christian Democratic Union, Merkel's party, and the Christian Social Union, Merkel’s largest ruling coalition partner, voted in favor of a motion this weekend that would see a chancellor’s mandate limited to three terms, Bloomberg reported. Merkel, who first assumed the office of chancellor in 2005, is currently serving her fourth term. Matthias Büttger, a delegate from Munich, told Merkel at the organization's event bluntly that he believed the government could move forward without her. "I think this leadership has run its course," he told German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle afterward. "It's about Merkel's politics and political style. This leadership has never been able to show strength." He said that her … [Read more...] about Will Angela Merkel Survive? Young Members of German Chancellor’s Coalition Call for This to Be Her Final Term
World International Affairs Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is urging Chancellor Angela Merkel to send Germany-based affiliates of an Islamic cleric back to Turkey to be tried as terrorists. During a visit to Berlin this week, Erdogan said that Germany should designate all followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, a former ally of the Turkish president who is now living in Pennsylvania, as terrorists. The call was made as Erdogan faces criticism for having allegedly ordered the kidnappings of these so-called Gulenists from other foreign countries. Ever since he survived a failed military coup in July 2016, Erdogan has continued to consolidate power and purge the state of his enemies. Thousands of journalists, politicians and civil servants have lost their jobs and been sent to jail for allegedly supporting Gülen and the coup plotters. Erdogan blames Gülen's supporters for the coup and has lobbied consistently to have the cleric extradited from … [Read more...] about Turkey Pressures Angela Merkel to Extradite Religious Group Erdogan Accuses of Terrorism