Germany, Facing Energy Crisis, Gives Nuclear Another Look

For three decades, nuclear power was one of Germany’s most divisive debates. But with Russia cutting gas, Germans are revisiting their political energy taboos.

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Macron’s Win Is Also a Blow to Orban’s Nationalist Crusade in Europe

The Hungarian leader had cast his own victory as the start of a nationalist wave in Europe — one that Marine Le Pen would have joined. Instead, Mr. Macron’s victory in France is a win for the European Union’s approach.

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How the Ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder Became Putin’s Man in Germany

Gerhard Schröder, who is paid almost $1 million a year by Russian-controlled energy companies, has become a pariah. But he is also a symbol of Germany’s Russia policy.

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Germany’s Dependence on Russian Gas Is Difficult to Break

Dangerously dependent on Russian gas, Germany is still refusing to cut off President Putin, whose war it is effectively subsidizing to the tune of some $220 million a day.

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Women Drive Germany’s Foreign Policy Shift Amid Ukraine War

Angela Merkel is no longer chancellor. But as war rages in Ukraine, a mere 10-hour drive from Berlin, female ministers oversee national security.

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Germany’s ‘Invisible’ Chancellor Heads to Washington Amid Fierce Criticism

Olaf Scholz will try to repair Germany’s credibility in the Ukraine crisis when he meets President Biden on Monday. Next on his agenda: Kyiv and Moscow.

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In New Year’s Speech, Olaf Scholz, Germany’s New Leader, Focuses on Covid

Olaf Scholz, who replaced Angela Merkel as chancellor about three weeks ago, gave the traditional New Year’s Eve address for the first time and called for unity and vaccinations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #germany, #merkel-angela, #new-year, #scholz-olaf-1958, #speeches-and-statements

After Months, a ‘New’ Dutch Coalition With the Same Leader and Parties

Mark Rutte, who has weathered a scandal and criticism for overstaying his welcome, will be prime minister for a fourth term.

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With Olaf Scholz at the Helm in Germany, a New, Uncertain Chapter

After 16 years, Angela Merkel handed over the German chancellery to Olaf Scholz, leaving behind a changed country and a polarizing legacy.

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Angela Merkel’s Political Life in Pictures: The End of an Era

Images from the former chancellor’s 16 years leading Germany, and from her life before.

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Can Germany’s New Chancellor Revive the Left in Europe?

Olaf Scholz wants to win back workers who defected to the populist far right. Success could make him a model for Social Democrats everywhere.

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Germany’s Angela Merkel Bids Farewell as Chancellor

With a parade of torch-bearing soldiers and a 1970s hit from the Communist East, Germany’s Angela Merkel bid farewell as chancellor. She leaves office next week.

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Germany Requires Vaccines for Store and Restaurant Customers

Facing a huge coronavirus surge, Chancellor Angela Merkel, her successor, Olaf Scholz, and state governors agreed on tough new restrictions on people who have not been inoculated.

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Who Is Olaf Scholz, Germany’s Next Chancellor?

Germany’s next chancellor is something of an enigma. He comes to power with a dizzying array of challenges, raising questions about whether he can fill the very big shoes of his predecessor.

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Austria Imposes Lockdown and Mandatory Vaccination Amid Covid Surge

Austria leads in imposing tough new rules, as Europe fights resistance to vaccines and restrictions. Soon, a German official warned, almost everyone will be “vaccinated, recovered or dead.”

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Germany Suspends Approval of Gas Pipeline, Sending Prices Soaring

The decision to delay certification of the Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline comes amid rising political tensions between the West and Russia.

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Germany’s Fourth Covid Wave: ‘A Pandemic of the Unvaccinated’

Germany once set an example for how to manage the coronavirus. Now, deep pockets of vaccine resistance are helping drive daily infections to new heights.

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Poland Gets Support From Europe on Tough Borders

Faced with the weaponization of migrants from Belarus, the European Union is defending Poland’s hard line even as it withholds funds over rule of law violations.

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Attacks on Tenure, in Georgia and Beyond

Attacks on tenure. Also: Angela Merkel and the future of Europe; beyond the nuclear family; “Squid Game.”

#academic-freedom, #colleges-and-universities, #european-union, #families-and-family-life, #georgia, #merkel-angela, #research, #squid-game-tv-program, #tenure

After Merkel, Europe Will Be Led By No One

There is a vacuum at the bloc’s heart.

#draghi-mario, #europe, #european-sovereign-debt-crisis-2010, #european-union, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #scholz-olaf-1958

Book Review: ‘The Chancellor,’ by Kati Marton

Kati Marton’s biography charts Merkel’s childhood in East Germany, her slow entrance into politics and her four terms as the leader of her country.

#books-and-literature, #germany, #marton-kati, #merkel-angela, #the-chancellor-the-remarkable-odyssey-of-angela-merkel-book

Angela Merkel’s Refugee Plan Worked

Opening Germany to a million refugees looks even better in retrospect. 

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As Europe Faces a Cold Winter, Putin Seizes on the Leverage From Russia’s Gas Output

Critics claim Russia is manipulating the flow of gas to push up prices, but for Vladimir Putin it’s schadenfreude over Western European nations that he sees as unprepared.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-commission, #gazprom, #germany, #merkel-angela, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

A Pillar of the European Order Has Collapsed

The Christian Democratic Union was Germany’s great, stabilizing bourgeois party.

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German Election Leaves Merkel’s Conservatives in Disarray

Sunday’s defeat has revealed a gasping conservative party. But what that means for Germany’s future is not clear as traditional left-right politics are scrambled.

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Olaf Scholz is a Winner but Not Chancellor — Yet.

Olaf Scholz, the leader of the center-left Social Democrats, narrowly won the night. But now the hard part begins — building a durable governing coalition.

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Germany’s Elections Show the Country Is Stuck

After Sunday’s equivocal elections, the country is headed for more of the same.

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German Election Results Herald Messier Politics and Weaker Leadership After Merkel

Preliminary results indicated an outcome so tight that it could take months of talks to form a new government at a critical moment for Europe.

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A Journey Through Merkel’s Germany: Affluent, Anxious and Almost Normal

As Germany heads into an election that will see Angela Merkel step down after 16 years as chancellor, she leaves behind a country profoundly changed — and anxious about changing more.

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Angela Merkel Was Underestimated, and It Became Her Superpower

Her 16-year reign is evidence that effective politics doesn’t require losing your humanity.

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Can Macron Lead the European Union After Merkel Retires?

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, would love to fill the German chancellor’s shoes. But a Europe with no single, central figure may be more likely.

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Germany, and Europe, After Merkel

When Germans head to polls this weekend, they face an unusually difficult question: Who can replace Angela Merkel as a leader, for their country and for Europe?

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Angela Merkel Is Leaving. It’s Time.

Germany’s longtime chancellor is iconic. But the country is ready to move on.

#elections, #european-sovereign-debt-crisis-2010, #european-union, #germany, #merkel-angela, #putin-vladimir-v

What You Need to Know About Germany’s National Election

Germans will vote on a new government in September, one without Angela Merkel, who will step down after 16 years in power.

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Germany’s Far Right Is Nowhere in the Election. But It’s ‘Here to Stay.’

In the next national Parliament, the far-right Alternative for Germany party is likely to remain a pariah force. But it looks assured, too, of a role in shaping the country’s future.

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Merkel’s Children: Living Legacies Called Angela, Angie and Sometimes Merkel

For some refugee families who traveled to Germany during the migrant crisis of 2015 and 2016, gratitude for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to welcome them comes via a namesake.

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Merkel Leaves the German Economy With Trouble Under the Hood

Chancellor Angela Merkel steered Europe through crises, and Germany has boomed during her tenure. But she has ducked changes needed to ensure the success lasts, analysts say.

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Germany’s Election Is Armin Laschet’s to Lose, but Will He Succeed?

Armin Laschet, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party’s candidate for chancellor, is flagging in the polls, and he seems to be dragging the party down with him.

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Germany Investigates Russia Over Pre-Election Hacking

Berlin has protested to Moscow after identifying repeated attempts to steal politicians’ private information before the election this month that will decide Angela Merkel’s successor.

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Olaf Scholz Is Running as the Next Angela Merkel, and It Seems to Be Working

Mr. Scholz, a Social Democrat who is modeling himself as the candidate of continuity, has a fair shot at being Germany’s next chancellor.

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As German Elections Near, Angela Merkel Dips Into Campaign Fray

Germany’s chancellor pleaded with voters to support her party, which has flagging poll numbers and a candidate who has failed to capture imaginations.

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Afghan Refugees Find a Firm and Unfriendly Border in Turkey

Even before the last week’s harrowing scenes at the Kabul airport, thousands of Afghans were fleeing over land through Iran to Turkey. But they are being pushed back.

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German Floods Raise the Bar on Extreme Weather Events

Floods like these, which have left more than 100 dead, had not been seen in perhaps a 1,000 years. For many, the warnings came too late, raising questions about lapses in Germany’s flood alert system.

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Next Year, Brits Will Fly Abroad. For Now, It’s Bognor Bingo.

With flying discouraged, vacation spots that had been fading and unfashionable are having a moment.

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Europe’s Divisions on Vivid Display Over Hungary and Russia

In a summit of European Union leaders, there were fierce, emotional arguments about Hungary’s new law on sex education and about how and when to meet Russia’s president.

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Why More People Are Getting Two Different Coronavirus Vaccines

Several countries are allowing mix-and-match inoculation, which scientists hope will have benefits, and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany is among those to get it.

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For Biden, Europe Trip Achieved 2 Major Goals. And Then There’s Putin and Russia.

The president reassured European allies that America is back and rallied them to begin to counter China. Whether he established “red lines” for the Kremlin remains to be seen.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #england, #europe, #geneva-switzerland, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations

For Biden, Europe Trip Achieved 2 Major Goals. And Then There Is Russia.

The president reassured European allies that America is back and rallied them to begin to counter China. Whether he established “red lines” for the Kremlin remains to be seen.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #england, #geneva-switzerland, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations

China, Its Military Might Expanding, Accuses NATO of Hypocrisy

In a sign of rising tensions, Beijing deployed 28 Chinese fighter jets and other aircraft over waters south of Taiwan hours after a U.S. carrier group sailed into the South China Sea.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #brussels-belgium, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #united-states-international-relations

Angela Merkel Makes a Low-Key Farewell at the G7 Summit

The German chancellor, known for her commitment to compromise, is eager to revive deal-making on multilateral policy, joining the world’s top democratic leaders one last time. Can she be replaced?

#european-union, #germany, #global-warming, #group-of-eight, #group-of-seven, #group-of-twenty, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government