Tag: Merkel, Angela

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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Why NATO Matters

But NATO is not a golf club, and money, the only thing Mr. Trump prizes, is just one, narrow measure of the costs and benefits of belonging. This president has shown no understanding of the power of partnership, and the reciprocal nature of its bonds, in an alliance that stands for something far bigger than […]

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Saturday Profile: The Man They Call ‘Germany’s Trump’

He has always been a shrewd communicator. In the beer tent recently he spoke for nearly an hour without notes. A near-teetotaler, he drinks diet soda or water, unless there is a camera — then he will nip on a beer as well. Strikingly tall — he stands about 6 feet, 6 inches tall, he […]

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Theresa May Secured Cabinet Agreement Over Brexit Plan

One person who will take a lot more persuasion is Michel Barnier, the European Union’s negotiator, who on Friday said that “in the Brexit negotiations there are still too many questions and too few answers.” The new plan, scheduled to be published as a white paper next week, will be judged by Mr. Barnier both […]

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The Interpreter: Why Europe Could Melt Down Over a Simple Question of Borders

Populist supporters would often bring up refugees as a focal point and physical manifestation of larger, more abstract fears. They would often say, as one woman told me outside a rally for the Alternative for Germany, a rising populist party, that they feared their national identity was being erased. “Germany needs a positive relationship with […]

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For Europe, Cutting the Flow of Migrants Challenges Basic Ideals

But is this the Europe of its founders, or is it something harsher, less optimistic and self-confident? Mr. Kurz, whose country has just taken over the revolving presidency of the European Union, declined to answer this directly, but he acknowledged that this was “an important moment, a very sensitive time.” The issue burst into the […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: Why Merkel Must Go

The deeper cause of the crisis, however, is that the C.S.U., which has dominated Bavarian politics for decades, is threatened by the growing popularity of Alternative for Germany, or AfD, the bigoted nativist party that is now the country’s third largest. That’s in part because the C.D.U. has dragged its Bavarian sister too far to […]

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Germany’s Political Crisis Has Just Begun

It’s a complex, confusing issue, even for Germans, in part because everyone agrees that the Dublin process is a mess, and the union’s failure to fix it is a sore point even for its defenders. What is more confounding, though, is the fact that the migration crisis is over in Germany. In 2015 and 2016, […]

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Migration Deal Rescued Merkel’s Government. Now, She Has to Save the Deal.

BERLIN — Two days after pulling her government back from the brink by agreeing to set up transit camps for migrants at the border — and to eventually turn some of them away — Chancellor Angela Merkel is working to keep the deal from falling apart. She and her interior minister have critical meetings Thursday […]

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Austria Could Be the Next E.U. Country to Tighten Its Borders

BERLIN — Hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc agreed to measures that would tighten Germany’s southern border, Austrian leaders announced plans on Tuesday for similar actions that would further threaten Europe’s system of free movement. In a last-ditch effort to save her government after weeks of bitter infighting with rebellious coalition partners, Ms. Merkel […]

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The Interpreter: Germany’s Europe-Shaking Political Crisis, Explained

Has the German migrant fight been resolved? Maybe, but probably not. Late Monday, Ms. Merkel announced a compromise deal. Germany would set up camps along the Austrian border to house secondary migrants while their status was reviewed. Any arrival found to have registered for temporary status in a different European Union country (think Italy, Greece, […]

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Will the German Center Right Collapse?

That may not be what Mr. Seehofer has in mind, though. In recent years he has been building a relationship with Europe’s other emerging right-wing leaders, especially President Viktor Orban of Hungary, and reversing the C.S.U.’s traditionally strong commitment to the European Union. And, foreshadowing a possible alliance with the Alternative for Germany, Mr. Seehofer […]

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Merkel Reverses Long-Held Stance on Migrants in Bid to Save Her Government

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel, who staked her legacy on welcoming hundreds of thousands of migrants into Germany, agreed on Monday to build camps for those seeking asylum and to tighten the border with Austria to save her government. It was a spectacular turnabout for a leader who was once seen as the standard-bearer of […]

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