Chinese President Xi Jinping invited the leaders of Germany and France to join a ‘quad’ of cooperation with African countries during a virtual summit on 5 July 2021. But why did Beijing suddenly propose this partnership? And is the move likely to bear fruit?
In a farewell visit, outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country will continue to maintain a working relationship with Turkey, stressed cooperation on migration and other issues, and defended Berlin’s diplomatic efforts at upholding human rights.
“The relationship between Turkey and Germany, with its positive and negative sides, will go on,” Merkel told reporters at a joint news conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the steps of Istanbul’s Dolmabache Palace. “Everybody knows the security and independence of both our countries depends on each other.”
The German government has officially rejected allegations of Russia’s non-compliance with contracts for gas supplies to Europe, head of the Bundestag Committee for Economics and Energy Klaus Ernst told TASS on Thursday.
The so-called “submarine affair,” considered the most serious case of suspected corruption in Israeli history, has been dogging defense agencies, politicians and public discourse since it broke out in 2016. The case involves three advanced Dolphin-class submarines that Israel seeks to acquire from Germany to add to its fleet of six similar subs. These vessels reportedly constitute an insurance policy of sorts against a potential Iranian nuclear attack, armed as they are with nuclear ballistic missiles that can be launched from a great distance at sea. Such an option would provide Israel with an offshore second-strike capability and ensure its dominance in terms of nuclear deterrence.
Dopo 16 anni al governo, la Cancelliera tedesca Angela Merkel lascia il vertice, avendo terminato il suo mandato. Tra i capi di governo più longevi, ha gestito i rapporti internazionali con i vari altri leader che nel frattempo si sono succeduti e ora, secondo varie fonti, anche l’intelligence tedesca potrebbe subire cambiamenti.
Who would have dared predict this a few months or years ago: the SPD becoming the strongest party in the Bundestag elections? With just over 26 per cent of the votes, the social democrats were not only 1.6 points ahead of the Christian democrats. Compared with the polls of previous years, the outcome was a small democratic miracle: until early summer, the SPD was polling at a depressing 15 per cent.
How did this astonishing victory come about? What lessons can progressive and left-wing parties elsewhere learn from it? And what follows now?
Germany’s far-right Eurosceptic AfD party made surprising gains in the 2017 elections, prompting fears of a new far-right wave in Europe. However, following their lacklustre result in September’s federal elections, the party has lost much of its splendour.
AfD, founded in 2013, won 12% of the vote at the 2017 elections, the best result of a German far-right party since the inception of the republic after World War Two. At the time, many feared a new wave of populism and right-wing extremism in Germany.
It’s coalition time in Germany. At the 26 September election, the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), led by the current Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, emerged as the largest party, with 25.7 per cent of the vote. Everything now points to a Scholz-led government, in combination with the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens: a so-called Ampel (traffic light) coalition, named after the parties’ colours of red, yellow and green.
Germany and Denmark have brought home 11 women and 37 children from a camp in northeastern Syria where suspected members of the ISIL (ISIS) armed group have been held, the German foreign ministry has said.
Germany repatriated 23 children and their eight mothers on a charter flight which landed shortly before midnight on Wednesday (22:00 GMT) at Frankfurt airport. They had been living in the Roj prison camp in northeastern Syria, which is under Kurdish control.