Tag: Merkel, Angela

To Woo a Skeptical Trump, Intelligence Chiefs Talk Economics Instead of Spies

Intelligence officials who brief the president have warned him about Chinese espionage in bottom-line business terms. They have used Black Sea shipping figures to demonstrate the effect of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. And they have filled the daily threat briefing with charts and graphs of economic data. In an effort […]

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Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry

MUNICH — European leaders have long been alarmed that President Trump’s words and Twitter messages could undo a trans-Atlantic alliance that had grown stronger over seven decades. They had clung to the hope that those ties would bear up under the strain. But in the last few days of a […]

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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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