Tag: Merkel, Angela

China’s Gulag for Muslims

One of the darkest episodes of the 20th century was the gulag — the Soviet system of forced labor camps where dissidents were imprisoned in terrible conditions, often to perish. The camps were established by Lenin, expanded by Stalin and finally exposed to the world by the great Russian author […]

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Macron Blinks

President Emmanuel Macron did what he had to do on Monday after a month of massive grass-roots protests, going on national television to acknowledge that he had been out of touch with the many people outside France’s major cities struggling to make ends meet and granting them some immediate tax […]

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E.U. Hoped to Put Its House in Order This Year. Not Even Close.

BRUSSELS — This was supposed to be the year Europe put its house in order. It would finally ratify a deal with Britain on its departure from the bloc. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, with his grand plans to revitalize the Continent, would succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany as […]

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What Comes After the Merkel Era?

BERLIN — On Friday Germany’s Christian Democratic Union, meeting in Hamburg, elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Angela Merkel as the center-right party’s leader. Given the party’s dominant — if recently weakened — position in German politics, Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer will also succeed Ms. Merkel as chancellor by 2021 at the latest. […]

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As Winter Arrives, Thousands of Migrants Are Trapped in Bosnia

BIHAC, Bosnia and Herzegovina — His right arm was swollen and badly bruised. He didn’t so much walk as shuffle because of injuries to his legs that, like those elsewhere on his body, he said were inflicted by Croatian police batons. Grimacing from pain and exhaustion as he staggered back […]

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Picking Kramp-Karrenbauer as Leader, German Conservatives Choose Continuity

HAMBURG, Germany — German conservatives opted for continuity rather than change on Friday, electing Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, an ally of Angela Merkel, to succeed Ms. Merkel as their party leader and giving her the inside track on becoming the next chancellor of Germany. The vote by delegates of the Christian Democratic […]

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It Doesn’t Matter Who Replaces Merkel. Germany Is Broken.

Talk of succession is in the air. After 18 years, Angela Merkel is stepping down as chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union, Germany’s main ruling party since 2005. The party’s conference meets this week in Hamburg to decide her replacement. But whoever follows Ms. Merkel — for many, Europe’s de […]

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‘Already an Exception’: Merkel’s Legacy Is Shaped by Migration and Austerity

CHEMNITZ, Germany — Two weeks after announcing that she would not seek another term, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany was standing in an old locomotive factory in the eastern city of Chemnitz, the scene of far-right protests this year. Outside, 2,500 protesters shouted: “Merkel must go!” Inside, 120 people — […]

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Can Trade Threats Be Turned to Truce? Trump Meets Chinese and German Leaders

BUENOS AIRES — President Trump neared the end of an attenuated visit to the Group of 20 summit meeting here on Saturday, sitting down with the leaders of China and Germany, two countries he has threatened with trade wars over what he calls their unfair commercial practices. “We have a […]

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Global Leaders Praise Bush as a Calm and Vital Statesman

BERLIN — To Germans, the 41st president of the United States, George Bush, was the man who helped ensure the peaceful reunification of their country. To Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union, he exemplified great kindness. To many Kuwaitis, he was a hero, lauded for the 100-hour ground […]

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It’s Time for Angela Merkel to Leave

BERLIN — What a springtime for Germany’s conservatives this fall has been. The Christian Democratic Union, the leading center-right party, should be suffering: After months of infighting with other conservatives, followed by steep losses in state elections, its leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel, announced that she was stepping down from her […]

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Germany’s Real Political Divide Is Generational

BERLIN — Germany is a peculiar country when it comes to good news about itself, too self-conscious and self-serious to accept anyone’s attempt to see it in a positive light. Every time a foreign newspaper writes about a German scientific achievement or the river surfers of Munich or the hipsters […]

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News Analysis: Macron Hopes WWI Ceremonies Warn of Nationalism’s Dangers. Is Anyone Listening?

PARIS — All week President Emmanuel Macron toured France’s World War I memory trail. He visited the killing fields of Verdun, the vast ossuary at Douaumont and the monument to heroic African soldiers at Reims. Each stop made the same solemn point: Nationalism kills. It is a message Mr. Macron […]

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Merkel and Putin: A Long History of Distrust and Reconciliation

BERLIN — The personal relationship between Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is often boiled down to certain anecdotes: her put-downs about his role in the K.G.B., and his attempts to rattle her by bringing his large black Labrador to a meeting, knowing her […]

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Trump Reveals Himself as the Bully of His Allies

The Georgian and Ukrainian delegations were asked to leave, looking, said a NATO official who also wished to remain anonymous, “as embarrassed as neighbors invited to a family reunion that turns sour.” Behind closed doors, Germany took another beating. Mr. Trump now demanded not 2 but 4 percent of each country’s G.D.P. as a defense […]

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Facing Trump, Europe Needs a Plan B

BERLIN — The past two weeks have been tough for Atlanticists in Europe who still think we shouldn’t give up on the United States. President Trump almost wrecked a NATO summit, he offended his hosts in Britain, and he called the European Union a “foe” of the United States, all the while cozying up to […]

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To Defeat Far-Right Nationalists, Don’t Try to Imitate Them

The third approach takes this kind of support arrangement to the next level. Since the turn of the century, center-right parties in Italy and Austria have been periodically involved in full-blown coalition with populist radical-right parties, at least partly in the hope that doing so would expose the latter as blowhards incapable of delivering on […]

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Amid the Trumpian Chaos, Europe Sees a Strategy: Divide and Conquer

The personal distaste could also be measured in body language, when European leaders made little effort to engage with Mr. Trump, chatting to one another while Mr. Trump walked along with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a semiauthoritarian outsider. “Trump is becoming politically toxic in Western Europe,” Mr. Valasek said. “No one wants to […]

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Trump’s NATO Visit Marked by Stiff Handshakes and Uncomfortable ‘Family Photos’

BRUSSELS — As President Trump prepared to leave the NATO summit meeting in his disgruntled wake, the story of his visit could be told in the tight smiles, stiff handshakes and averted gazes he exchanged with the people who are supposed to be some of his closest European allies. With few leaders willing to publicly […]

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How Germany Won Freedom for the Widow of China’s Most Famous Dissident

BEIJING — Until the door of the plane that took her to freedom in Germany closed, they hovered around. They escorted her on the 90-minute car ride from her apartment to the airport. They walked her through a special departure area. For the past year, China’s formidable security apparatus had guarded, watched and controlled the […]

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Germany ‘Captive to Russia’ for Energy, Trump Claims

By charging that Germany is in thrall to Moscow, Mr. Trump appeared to be attempting to deflect criticism that he is too accommodating toward President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who he meets on Monday in Helsinki, Finland, suggested Derek Chollet, a former assistant secretary of defense who is now with the German Marshall Fund […]

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