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Monthly Archives: October 2019

Conservative ‘troublemaker’ Merz attacks Merkel after state elections

In view of the massive losses of votes in the state elections in Thuringia, criticism within the CDU is becoming louder. Former parliamentary group leader Merz accused Merkel of inactivity. He is not alone with his criticism. Former CDU...

Die Linke and AfD win state elections in Thuringia

In the state elections in Thuringia, the far-right AfD under its controversial regional leader Björn Höcke is the second strongest party behind Die Linke, and ahead of the CDU, according to the preliminary results. The formation of a government will likely be...

AKK suggests involvement in Syrian security mission – and sparks controversy

Defence Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer wants an internationally controlled security zone in Northern Syria. In view of the crisis in the region, Europe could no longer remain a mere onlooker, she said in national television. Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has called...

Berlin Senate decides to freeze rent prices for five years

After months of discussions, the Senate of Berlin has introduced a law to cap rent prices in the capital. The sharp rise of the cost of housing in recent years has led the city government's red-red-green coalition to freeze all rent increases...

Shell Youth Study reveals young Germans are more worried and yet optimistic

The majority of the young generation is tolerant, environmentally conscious and has a positive outlook on the future. On the other hand, the new Shell Youth Study also shows an affinity to right-wing populism and traditional family values. Young...

Less Islamist extremists posing threat to national security, Home Office says

Police classify less Islamist extremists as a potential threat to public safety. In concrete terms, the number fell from 748 nationwide to 688. This, however, is hardly reassuring - not least because of recent developments in Syria. According to...

Climate deal: Grand Coalition to fast-track relevant laws before year end

The cabinet has decided on the first laws for the implementation of the government's climate deal - including cheaper train tickets. Plans for a higher flight tax were criticized by the aviation industry as a distortion of competition in Europe.

German Army involvement in fight against ISIS ruled constitutional

The Bundeswehr supports the fight against ISIS with military trainers and reconnaissance aircraft - an activity with which the Federal Constitutional Court has no quarrels. A complaint by Die Linke was now quashed by the court. After the Paris...

Uncertainties remain as cabinet approves climate deal

The Grand Coalition cabinet has approved the two central building blocks of the climate package. The bill is thus one step closer to being passed in parliament, even though fundamental criticism of the government's plans continues. It remained unclear...

Two dead in terrorist attack in East Germany

Two people were shot dead in Halle (Saale) in the East German state of Saxony-Anhalt in what is presumed to be a neo-Nazi terrorist attack. The city council spoke of a "killing spree". The attack took place near a local synagogue, which...