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Yearly Archives: 2018

AKK wins race to succeed Merkel in party leadership

Merkel's wish has come true: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is the new head of the CDU. However, the strong performance of main rival Friedrich Merz and Jens Spahn's respectable performance should be a warning to Merkel's favorite. The party seems to have had...

State elections in Hesse: black-green coalition maintains slim majority

According to the preliminary results, the black-green coalition in Hesse still has a majority in the new state parliament - but only one seat ahead. CDU and SPD lose heavily. The Greens become the second strongest party in the state.

State elections in Bavaria: A debacle for CSU and SPD, Green Party wins big

The CSU crashes and needs coaltion partners to govern in the future. The SPD falls to a new low. The winners of the state elections in Bavaria are the Greens. Free Voters, AfD and FDP are also happy with their results.

EU to introduce steel tariffs in response to Trump’s trade policy

The EU Commission is planning to protect domestic heavy industry against cheap imports with protective tariffs on various steel products. Criticism comes from the automobile industry. The European Union is introducing special taxes on steel products this Thursday...

NSU trial: German neo-Nazi Beate Zschäpe sentenced to life

The principal defendant in the NSU trial, Beate Zschäpe, is convicted of murder on ten counts. Her defense wants to appeal to the verdict. The sentences against the co-defendants are milder - one is even released from custody.

These were the victims of the neo-Nazi terrorist group NSU

ENVER SIMSEK was the first NSU murder victim. The 38-year-old man from Turkey was shot down on 9 September 2000 in front of his mobile flower stand in Nuremberg with eight shots from two different weapons and died two days later in...

Factsheet: diesel bans in German cities

Following a court ruling in early 2018, the slow death of the diesel engine in Germany is bound to accelerate. In February 2018, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig declared diesel driving bans in German cities to be...

Nahles to lead new SPD – with only 66% of votes

Andrea Nahles is the new leader of the SPD. For the first time, a woman heads the German Social Democrats. Off to a bad start: The SPD elected Andrea Nahles as their first-ever female party leader with only 66.3...

Seehofer and the Islam debate: “not helpful”?

Horst Seehofer receives support from his own ranks after his controversial statement on Islam. CSU Secretary General Blume speaks of deliberate misinterpretation, fellow party member Scheuer says Seehofer speaks for the majority. CSU Secretary General Markus Blume accuses critics of the CDU of deliberately misinterpreting...

Puigdemont released from custody in Germany

Carles Puigdemont, former head of government of Catalonia, left the prison in the north of Germany after a regional court ruled against his extradition. At the gate of the Neumünster prison in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, Puigdemont thanked...