“We now have a clear agreement how to prevent illegal immigration across the Austrian-German border in future,” said Seehofer, whose Christian Social Union (CSU) party is the traditional Bavaria state ally of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party. … [Read more...] about Horst Seehofer agrees border control deal with Angela Merkel
Whats up with angela merkel
So: How did she get to where she is? How did she manage to stay in power for so long? How much does the current state Germany (and Europe) is in have to do with how Angela Merkel, the person, deals with challenges? Who is she? Why is she admired by some - and the object of hatred for others? What could post-Merkel Germany look like? And: What does that mean for Europe and the world? … [Read more...] about Politics Podcast: Merkel’s Last Dance
“They are frightened of losing their absolute majority. They see they are declining in numbers, so they think ‘where is my conflict with Berlin, where is my conflict with Brussels’. But in the real world, games can get out of control.” … [Read more...] about EU leaders’ migration summit offers lifeline to embattled Merkel
The immediate cause is twofold. First, the far-right League, which campaigned on a pledge to halt illegal immigration, is in government in Italy. The country has taken in 650,000 migrants since 2014 and is the point where most migrants who are still making it across – mainly via Libya – now land. The country’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, the League’s leader, wants to ensure other EU members share Italy’s burden. He sparked the current crisis by closing the country’s ports to foreign-flagged migrant rescue ships. … [Read more...] about EU migration crisis: what are the key issues?
Who is Alexei Navalny? Physically assaulted Navalny was assaulted and hospitalized in April 2017 after being hit in the eye with a chemical green dye. The attack permanently damaged his right cornea. Navalny accused Russian authorities of stopping him from seeking medical treatment abroad due to the embezzlement conviction against him. He was eventually permitted by the Kremlin human rights council to travel to Spain for eye surgery. … [Read more...] about Poland urges Germany to stop Nord Stream 2