Chancellor’s Race Presents Germans With a Challenge to Change

The conservatives have been in power for the past 16 years, will the nation stick with them, or go Green?

#baerbock-annalena, #christian-democratic-union-germany, #free-democratic-party-germany, #germany, #green-party-germany, #laschet-armin, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #scholz-olaf-1958, #social-democratic-party-germany

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Post-Merkel Germany May Be Shaded Green

Germany’s Greens are expected to be a critical part of any new government. But these are not the Greens of old. Today it is a pragmatic party promising an assertive stance abroad.

#europe, #germany, #green-party-germany, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government

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A Bitter Family Feud Dominates the Race to Replace Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany will exit the world stage in less than six months, and the fight for her seat is pitting the leaders of two sister parties against one another.

#bavaria-germany, #berlin-germany, #christian-democratic-union-germany, #christian-social-union-germany, #elections, #germany, #laschet-armin, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #soder-markus

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Merkel’s Latest Pandemic Challenge: Leading as a Lame Duck

The German chancellor, known for her cool, solution-oriented response in the pandemic’s early stages, faces her greatest challenge yet as cases rise and patience plummets months before her final term ends.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #germany, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Merkel Reverses Easter Lockdown Plan in Germany, Apologizing for ‘Mistake’

The German chancellor had proposed extending the Easter holiday by two days to help contain the latest wave of the pandemic, but scrapped the plan after it was roundly condemned.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #easter-and-holy-week, #germany, #merkel-angela, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Election Year in Germany Kicks Off With Voting in Two States

Regional governments will be chosen in two southwestern states months before a national vote that is considered wide open after 16 years under Chancellor Angela Merkel

#christian-democratic-union-germany, #christian-social-union-germany, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections-governors, #germany, #green-party-germany, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #merkel-angela, #voting-and-voters

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Will Anything Stop Putin’s Pet Project?

Nord Stream 2, a direct pipeline from Russia to Germany, isn’t going away. Neither is the clamor to cancel it.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #energy-and-power, #european-union, #germany, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #pipelines, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states

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Germany, Once a Model, Is Swamped Like Everyone Else by Pandemic’s Second Wave

After winning widespread recognition for its handling of the coronavirus last year, Germany now finds itself struggling with its sluggish vaccine rollout and a frustrated population.

#biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #germany, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden Tells Allies ‘America Is Back,’ but Macron and Merkel Push Back

All three leaders seemed to recognize, though, that their first virtual encounter was a moment to celebrate the end of the “America First” era.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #europe, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #munich-security-conference, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #solarwinds, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden’s Plan to Link Arms With Europe Against Russia and China Isn’t So Simple

The new president’s vow to restore the trans-Atlantic alliance is welcome, but Europeans want a more balanced relationship, with more dialogue and less diktat.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-parliament, #gazprom, #international-relations, #johnson-boris, #lavrov-sergey-v, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #munich-germany, #national-security-council, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nord-stream-ag, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #pipelines, #united-states-international-relations

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How Germany Lost Control of the Coronavirus

The country excelled during the first wave. What went wrong the second time around?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #germany, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #soder-markus

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Biden Inherits Growing Risks on Nuclear Arms Control

With Russia, China and North Korea all modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and Iran enriching, allies want U.S. reassurance. But they are less inclined to believe it.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #iran, #merkel-angela, #middle-east, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Solidarity Is Not an Easy Sell as E.U. Lags in Vaccine Race

Europe’s collective vaccine purchase is an experiment in deeper integration. Despite a rocky start, many countries still stand to benefit, but it’s the most powerful who have least to gain.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

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More Access, More Anxiety: The Job of Photographing Trump

In an interview, Doug Mills, a Times photographer in the Washington bureau, reflects on a relentless four years.

#baker-peter, #buckingham-palace, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #mills-doug, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #obama-barack, #pelosi-nancy, #photography, #st-johns-episcopal-church-washington-dc, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. to Impose Sanctions on Ship Involved in Russian Gas Pipeline

The sanctions are the first targeting the Nord Stream 2 undersea pipeline, which is to carry natural gas directly from Russia to Germany, whose government backs the project.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #germany, #merkel-angela, #nord-stream-ag, #pipelines, #russia, #united-states-international-relations

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Angela Merkel’s Party Chooses a New Leader

It is nonetheless far from certain that the party’s new leader will succeed her as Germany’s chancellor when she steps down this fall.

#christian-democratic-union-germany, #germany, #laschet-armin, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government

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Merkel’s Party, the Largest in Germany, to Choose New Leader

After nearly a year of jockeying, no clear front-runner has emerged to lead Germany’s Christian Democratic Union. Three men are vying for delegates’ votes this weekend.

#christian-democratic-union-germany, #elections, #germany, #laschet-armin, #merkel-angela, #merz-friedrich, #politics-and-government, #rottgen-norbert, #soder-markus, #spahn-jens

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A Shattering Blow to America’s Troubled Democratic Image

The mob in Washington attempting to disrupt the peaceful transition of American power also posed a threat to all democracies.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #europe, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Merkel Blames Trump for U.S. Capitol Mob, but Europe Also Sees Reason for Hope

As America’s European allies digested events that rocked Washington, many expressed faith in the strength of U.S. democracy to prevail.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #europe, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

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Will the Sudden E.U.-China Deal Damage Relations With Biden?

Pushed by German Chancellor Merkel of Germany near the end of her tenure, the trade deal may complicate agreement on an effective trans-Atlantic policy toward China.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #european-union, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #merkel-angela, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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Coronavirus Dominates Merkel’s Last New Year’s Speech as Chancellor

An address that would usually cover a sweeping range of topics instead focuses solely on the pandemic, which has upended both Angela Merkel’s last year in office and life in Germany as whole.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #germany, #merkel-angela, #new-year, #speeches-and-statements

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China-E.U. Talks Hit Another Snag as Biden Camp Objects

Beijing and Brussels were on the brink of an agreement to roll back restrictions on investment. But the deal’s fate is uncertain amid growing animosity toward China and increasingly vocal opposition.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #brussels-belgium, #china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-commission, #european-union, #france, #germany, #international-trade-and-world-market, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Was Merkel Right to Compromise With the Populists?

Liberal critics see compromise with the leaders of Hungary and Poland as betraying pro-European forces in those countries.

#budapest-hungary, #budgets-and-budgeting, #europe, #european-council, #european-union, #merkel-angela, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #warsaw-poland

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Germany Locks Down Ahead of Christmas as Coronavirus Deaths Rise

Stores and schools will be closed, and public and private meetings will be restricted over the holidays, in an effort to bring down coronavirus infections and deaths.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #europe, #germany, #merkel-angela, #new-year, #quarantines, #scholz-olaf-1958, #shutdowns-institutional, #soder-markus

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Driver Crashes Car Into Gate Outside Angela Merkel’s Office

The motive was unclear, but it could be tied to an expected German government extension of a partial lockdown to stem coronavirus infections.

#berlin-germany, #merkel-angela

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The E.U. Puts Its Foot Down on the Rule of Law

While the leaders of Hungary and Poland resist.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #fidesz-party, #hungary, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #law-and-justice-poland, #merkel-angela, #orban-viktor, #poland, #politics-and-government

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Hungary, Poland Threaten E.U. Stimulus Over Rule of Law Links

The two illiberal governments, having been enabled by the bloc’s leaders and evaded punishment, now hold a 1.8 trillion euro package hostage.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-commission, #european-parliament, #european-union, #hungary, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #merkel-angela, #morawiecki-mateusz, #orban-viktor, #poland, #politics-and-government, #stimulus-economic

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Would He or Wouldn’t He? Johnson Is Relieved That Biden Called

The British prime minister made the A team, with Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, though pesky Ireland also sneaked in.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #northern-ireland, #presidential-transition-us, #turnbull-malcolm-1954, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden Speaks to European Allies as Strongmen Stay Silent on U.S. Vote

The president-elect’s calls with four Western European leaders signaled a return to diplomatic normalcy and their support for his election win.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-union, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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Macron and Kurz Flex Antiterror Muscles for Domestic Audience

The context of a European-wide meeting on Tuesday was tackling the Continent’s terrorism concerns. For the leaders of France and Austria, political interests were the subtext.

#austria, #europe, #european-union, #france, #kurz-sebastian-1986, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

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Europe Lauds Biden but Wonders: What Will He Want? How Long Will He Stay?

Allies welcomed an American president who sees them as allies, not rivals. But with the U.S. so polarized, and with the possibility of a Republican-controlled Senate, they are also wary.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #european-union, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Schools Stay Open in Europe’s New Lockdowns, a Reversal From Spring

Europe’s latest wave of restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus have largely avoided closing schools. We take a look at why and how they are being kept open.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #france, #germany, #ireland, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional, #social-conditions-and-trends, #teachers-and-school-employees

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Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Hurt American Alliances

It has become impossible for democracies to believe it is in their interest to take Trump’s America seriously.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #european-union, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #world-health-organization, #world-trade-organization, #xi-jinping

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France and Germany Lock Down as Second Coronavirus Wave Grows

The new steps are the toughest since the spring and follow added restrictions in Spain and Italy aimed at curbing the spread of the virus and easing the strain on hospitals.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #disease-rates, #europe, #european-union, #france, #germany, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional

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As Pandemic Surges Again, Europe Adopts New Restrictions

The new steps are the toughest since the spring and follow added restrictions in Spain and Italy aimed at curbing the spread of the virus and easing the strain on hospitals.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #disease-rates, #europe, #european-union, #france, #germany, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional

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Europe Wonders if It Can Rely on U.S. Again, Whoever Wins

America’s deeply polarized politics have marked foreign policy, too, undermining Washington’s authority and reputation for reliability.

#europe, #european-union, #group-of-seven, #international-trade-and-world-market, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization, #world-trade-organization

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With Brexit Clock Ticking, Boris Johnson Vows, Again, to Walk Away

The prime minister blew up over what he called Europe’s insistence that Britain make all the compromises. But Europe says it still wants to talk.

#barnier-michel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #english-channel, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #france, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #von-der-leyen-ursula, #world-trade-organization

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Draft Bill Rejected in Germany Over Feminine Wording

When proposed legislation in Germany used the feminine form for groups of men and women rather than the usual masculine, it was rejected as potentially invalid.

#discrimination, #gender, #german-language, #law-and-legislation, #merkel-angela, #seehofer-horst, #women-and-girls

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Europe, Which Thought It Had Coronavirus Tamed, Faces Second Wave

France imposed a curfew on Paris and other major cities, and other countries are taking similar steps as record caseloads fill hospitals and governments try to respond without lockdowns.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #catalonia-spain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #europe, #european-union, #france, #germany, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #netherlands, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #shutdowns-institutional

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Is Germany Turning Against Russia?

Berlin’s patience seems to be wearing thin.

#belarus, #european-union, #germany, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana

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Three Decades After Reunification, Germans Wonder: How United Are We?

With Germany now an established, reunified democracy, it is taking stock of what is working and what still needs work, especially as the economy continues to lag in the former East.

#alternative-for-germany, #berlin-wall, #east-germany, #germany, #labor-and-jobs, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #university-college-london, #women-and-girls

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Germany’s Far Right Reunified, Too, Making It Much Stronger

Thirty years after Germany came back together, the former East has become the stronghold of a once-marginalized movement that now sits in Parliament.

#alternative-for-germany, #berlin-germany, #buchenwald-concentration-camp, #east-germany, #germany, #hitler-adolf, #hocke-bjorn-1972, #merkel-angela, #neo-nazi-groups, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #world-cup-2006-soccer

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Will Navalny’s Poisoning Force Germany to Get Tough on Russia?

The poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny could be a chance for Berlin to take a tougher stance against Moscow. But experts remain skeptical.

#europe, #germany, #merkel-angela, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #russia

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Vladimir Putin Thinks He Can Get Away With Anything

Why has the poisoning of Alexei Navalny been met with Western silence?

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biological-and-chemical-warfare, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #litvinenko-alexander-v, #medvedev-dmitri-a, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nord-stream-ag, #organization-for-the-prohibition-of-chemical-weapons, #poisoning-and-poisons, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #skripal-sergei-v, #trump-donald-j

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Jewish Students Aid Owners of Kebab Shop Hit in Synagogue Attack

The Jewish Student Union in Germany hopes its campaign will help wipe away the stigma of the Yom Kippur attack and send a wider message of solidarity.

#anti-semitism, #germany, #gofundme, #halle-germany, #hate-crimes, #jews-and-judaism, #merkel-angela, #philanthropy, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #synagogues

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Can Biden Fix What Trump Broke?

E.U. leaders are still learning to navigate a world ever more dangerous for them, while relations with the United States grow more and more awkward.

#balkan-states, #baltic-sea, #belarus, #berlin-germany, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #group-of-seven, #johnson-boris, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trudeau-justin, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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France and Sweden Confirm Novichok Poisoning of Navalny, Backing Germany

The evidence that Moscow attempted to murder Russia’s most visible opposition politician hardens. But for now, Germany and its allies are still struggling to respond.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #charite-universitatsmedizin-berlin-germany, #france, #international-relations, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sweden

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Congress Should Pass a Navalny Act

The latest poisoning of a Russian critic requires expanded sanctions and accountability for Kremlin leadership.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #browder-william-f, #estemirova-natalya, #kara-murza-vladimir-v, #law-and-legislation, #litvinenko-alexander-v, #magnitsky-sergei-l, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nemtsov-boris-y, #poisoning-and-poisons, #political-prisoners, #politkovskaya-anna, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #skripal-sergei-v, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Navalny Poisoning Raises Pressure on Merkel to Cancel Russian Pipeline

Evidence that the Russian opposition leader was attacked with a military-grade nerve agent has placed new pressures on the German chancellor.

#berlin-germany, #europe, #european-union, #germany, #merkel-angela, #natural-gas, #navalny-aleksei-a, #pipelines, #poisoning-and-poisons, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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Russia Spins Alternative Theories in Poisoning of Navalny

As they have in the past when Russia was accused of misconduct, officials and state media commentators responded to news of a nerve agent attack with an array of improbable explanations.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #germany, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #peskov-dmitri-s, #poisoning-and-poisons, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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