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Germany’s loss is China’s gain on Russian market thanks to new US sanctions

Washington’s latest round of sanctions targeting Russian business will cost the German economy billions of euros, according to estimates revealed by the Russian-German Foreign Trade Chamber (AHK). “The recent sanctions of the US against Russia may cost the German economy billions of euros in years to come,” the report said. “The German economy is facing losses of more than €100 million ...

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Germany’s Tornado warplanes ‘unsuitable for NATO missions’ – report

A classified German Defense Ministry report says the country’s fleet of Tornado fighter jets may be unsuitable for conducting NATO missions, several media outlets said. The report, first cited by the German magazine Spiegel, says the Panavia Tornado, which first entered service in the 1970s, has several equipment flaws that make it vulnerable and no longer suitable for duty. The ...

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Circular firing squad: Germany’s long-awaited government might yet prove to have critical weaknesses

No sooner has Germany finally got its new government than its head engages in a bitter dispute with a key minister and a crucial ally. Such conflicts may prove fatal to the futures both of the ruling coalition and its members. Just days after German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fourth cabinet was sworn in, the perceived tranquillity in Europe’s powerhouse following ...

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‘It was a good laugh’: Germany’s Bild duped by bogus Russian meddling ‘bombshell’

Red-faced German Bild has been forced to retract a ‘bombshell’ report about Russian interference in German politics, which was invented by a satirical magazine just to have a “laugh” and to expose Bild’s lax editorial standards. Editors of Titanic, a German monthly satirical magazine with a circulation of approximately 100,000 copies, found it odd and amusing that the German media, ...

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Hundestag? Germany’s SPD red-faced after dog joins party

Members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) began casting their votes on Tuesday to decide whether they would enter into government with Angela Merkel’s conservatives. One of them was a new member – a dog called Lima. The three-year-old mutt was signed-up for membership by Germany’s daily tabloid Bild. The paper claims that the stunt was designed to test the ...

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Bundeswehr breakdown: What’s gone wrong for Germany’s army?

The Bundeswehr, one of NATO’s largest militaries, is now a steady source of news about planes that can’t fly, tanks that break down and troops that admire the Nazis. So what exactly has gone wrong in Germany’s army? It emerged last week that the German military can’t find enough money to fund a long-awaited modernization of its newest Puma infantry ...

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Minister joins calls for anti-Semitism czar in Germany’s next government

Published time: 17 Dec, 2017 15:33 Germany’s acting interior minister has lent his support to the creation of an anti-Semitism commissioner in the country’s next government. Thomas de Maiziere nailed his colors to the mast in an interview with German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, following demonstrations in Berlin in which people protesting the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the ...

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United States of Europe? Germany’s Schulz wants to consolidate EU, kick out those who disagree

Published time: 8 Dec, 2017 05:12 Edited time: 8 Dec, 2017 05:16 The Chairman of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SDP) wants to redesign the EU into the ‘United States of Europe’ by 2025 under a single constitutional treaty. Those who disagree with the federal constitution, under Martin Schulz’s proposal, would automatically have to leave the EU. European hopes to create ...

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Merkel coalition talks crash: What options left for Germany’s ‘eternal chancellor’?

Angela Merkel’s gift for substituting compromise for vision will not bail her out now that deep-seated rifts have appeared across the German political establishment, but at least for the moment, all solutions to the crisis go through the 12-year Chancellor. At her peak, Mutti (“Mum”) was hailed as a mother figure for the entire nation, prudently and calmly cutting across ...

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How will Germany’s political turmoil affect Brexit negotiations?

Published time: 20 Nov, 2017 20:05 Germany is in the throes of a full-on political crisis after talks to form a new government collapsed over the weekend. But how will Germany’s constitutional crisis impact Brexit Britain? Chancellor Angela Merkel sought an alliance with the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens, but both parties turned their back on her. ...

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