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.

#baerbock-annalena, #christian-democratic-union-germany, #christian-social-union-germany, #elections, #germany, #green-party-germany, #laschet-armin, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #scholz-olaf-1958, #social-democratic-party-germany, #soder-markus

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

German Conservatives Appear to Lead in Last State Election Before National Vote

The contest in an eastern state, a stronghold of the Alternative for Germany, had been closely watched for signs of the far-right party’s appeal.

#east-germany, #elections, #germany, #laschet-armin, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

Election in East Germany Will Test the Far Right’s Power

Voting on Sunday may hint at how strong the Alternative for Germany party is in the east, and what that means for national elections in September.

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German High Court Hands Youth a Victory in Climate Change Fight

The government must expand its plan to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050, the country’s highest court ruled. The decision requires lawmakers to make long-term commitments.

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Angela Merkel Has Been in Power for 15 Years. What Comes Next?

In Armin Laschet and Annalena Baerbock, voters have a stark choice between continuity and change.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

While the leaders of Hungary and Poland resist.

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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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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