Topic: Angela Merkel

Keep Calm and Carry on – How Germany Deals with Terrorist Attacks

Germany, 06 Jul - 02 Aug 2016

A week of horror – four attacks in just 6 days ++ Keep calm and carry on ++ Is the media overstrained? ++ No chance for right-wing populists. by Eike Hortsch
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Over and Done With: President Gauck Retires, UK Leaves EU, Footballers drop out of EURO

Germany, 08 Jun - 05 Jul 2016

The end of the “perfect East German triumph” – President Joachim Gauck to step down ++ ”Out is out” – German government sending strong message to divorcing Britain ++ Toothless dominance – Germany’s top footballers drop out of EURO 2016 in semi-final. by Peter Sawicki
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Satire Causes Diplomatic Tensions: Chancellor Merkel Caught in a Dilemma

Germany, 16 Mar - 12 Apr 2016

Satire can do anything, doesn’t it? Humourist sparks debate about press freedom and puts Merkel in a squeeze ++ Germany mourns death of former foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher – What will remain from “Genscherism”? ++ Panama Papers: dubious deals of a parallel world. by Lisa Heinemann
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Merkel Tightens Migration Policy – Far-Right AfD Suggests Police Shoot At Immigrants

Germany, 19 Jan - 15 Feb 2016

More “safe countries of origin” and fewer family reunions – Germany’s new asylum law ++ “The use of armed force is there as a last resort” – Far-Right AfD’s aggressive rhetoric ++ Surprise victories in tennis and handball spark hopes for far-reaching sports boom. by Peter Sawicki
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25 Years after Reunification – Ready to Leave the Nest?

Germany - Commentary - Germany - 03 Oct 2015

In the wake of reunification, the United States has gradually encouraged Germany to extend its ambitions in foreign affairs. But if the Federal Republic is serious about playing a fully grown-up part on the international stage, it’s time it became genuinely emancipated from its former protecting power. by Peter Sawicki
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No Summer’s Tale – Germany Coping with Violence against Refugees

Germany, 05 Aug - 01 Sep 2015

Refugees welcome!? The start of a German debate on refugee policy ++ Kidnapping with lethal consequence – shocking murder of a seventeen year old girl. by Sandra Czech
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No-Vote in Greece, No Information on Espionage, No Cup for Women, No “TV total”

Germany, 10 Jun - 07 Jul 2015

Confused and annoyed – the German perception of the Greek referendum ++ Hackers attack the German parliament – No information ++ NSA-Scandal – No information ++ Women’s World cup – No cup for Germany ++ The surprising and premature end of a great TV-career. by Eike Hortsch
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World Leaders Met at G7 Summit in Germany – An Useless Event?

Germany, 13 May - 09 Jun 2015

Expensive and useless? G7 Summit heavily criticised in many respects ++ It’s not a big deal – is it? by Daniel Rätz, Lisa Heinemann
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Sweden Welcomes Female Leader for its Christian Democratic Party

Sweden, 31 Mar - 27 Apr 2015

Female leader for Christian Democrats ++ Swedes support Angela Merkel’s idea on renewed asylum system ++ Swedish hostages set free in Syria. by Sarah Onkels
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Germany and Greece having relationship problems

Germany, 18 Feb - 17 Mar 2015

Tone gets sharper between Berlin and Athens while Varoufakis’ finger is causing agitation ++ Crisis in Ukraine leads to reviewing reform of the Bundeswehr ++ Terrorist threat in Bremen ++ The winner who does not want to win. by Sandra Czech
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Sweden’s New Foreign and Defence Policy Rows

Sweden, 03 Feb - 02 Mar 2015

Minister Wallström’s Swedish foreign policy ++ Sweden and Finland for closer defence cooperation ++ Swedish Prime Minister on asylum and immigration visit in Berlin. by Maciej Wilga
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French Government Bulldozes Way for Economic Reforms

France, 26 Jan - 22 Feb 2015

Prime Minister Valls forces Loi Macron through ++ National film Award César celebrated for the 40th time ++ Franco-German peace efforts still in danger. by Sabrina Hambloch
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New Talks in Minsk, New Faces in Greece – Will It Change Anything?

Germany, 21 Jan - 17 Feb 2015

A new peace initiative and a sleepless chancellor ++ New government, old problem – Greece and the Euro crisis ++ New leaders using old enemy images ++ Former German President Richard von Weizsäcker dies. by Eike Hortsch
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Charlie Hebdo, Merkel, “Media War” – Prime Minister Orbán Provokes on all Fronts

Hungary, 18 Jan - 14 Feb 2015

“Immigration is a bad thing” – Orbán rails against immigrants ++ Power Politics: Angela Merkel visits Budapest ++ Hungarian tycoon turns on his former ally Orbán and predicts “total media war” by Christian-Zsolt Varga, Robert Talo
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Torn between grief and anxiety – Germany struggles with the aftermath of Paris attacks

Germany, 24 Dec - 20 Jan 2015

“Not just an attack on French citizens” – Germany mourns victims of Paris shootings ++ “Possible terrorist attack” threatening Germany – Monday rallies in Dresden cancelled ++ Germany: a safe haven for refugees? by Peter Sawicki
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The ‘Alternative for Germany’ – no Alternative for Merkel?

Germany - Analysis - Germany - 06 Oct 2014

Conservatives or right-wing populists? The rise of the new party AfD brings Merkel's CDU in trouble. by Daniel Rätz
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First Steps of Polish Prime Minister in International Politics

Poland, 03 Oct - 16 Oct 2014

First foreign visits of the new Polish prime minister ++ Two Poles accused of spying for Russia ++ Death of a famous Polish actress opens discussion about cancer prevention ++ Poland beats the World Champion. by Monika Kostecka
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New Grounds or Old Paths? German Foreign Policy Struggling between Past and Present

Germany, 12 Aug - 25 Aug 2014

Historical turning point: weapon supplies to support the war against IS ++ Diplomatic talks in Berlin – A German initiative to solve the conflict in Eastern Ukraine ++ Ebola suspect case in Germany ruled out ++ 'Rheingold' – The talking river: impressing pictures of German landscapes. by Lisa Heinemann
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Dutch Frustration over Difficulties to reach Ukrainian Crash Site

Netherlands, 19 Jul - 02 Aug 2014

Dutch experts unable to reach Ukrainian crash site ++ Aruba releases Venezuelan ex-general sought by US over drugs ++ New sanctions on Russia by EU and US. by Kirsten Lucas
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German-British Quarrels & the Revenge of a former President

Germany, 03 Jun - 16 Jun 2014

Juncker yes or no? Germany and Great Britain haggling over Presidency of European Commission ++ Book by the ex-president: Payday for Christian Wulff ++ Speleologist enclosed in more than 1000m depth. by Sandra Czech
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EP Elections, Football and the Turkish PM – No Winners in Germany

Germany, 20 May - 02 Jun 2014

European Elections: Everything will stay the same ++ All quiet on the western front – NSA surveillance investigations in Germany ++ Injuries and accidents – national team prepares for football World Cup under difficult circumstances ++ Erdoğan in Cologne: Turkish politics divide Germany. by Eike Hortsch
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Noisy Debate on further Sanctions against Russia

Germany, 08 Apr - 21 Apr 2014

Rising Concerns about Conflict with Russia ++ More transparency regarding the export of armaments ++ Heated debate about upcoming car tax ++ NSA investigation committee has a rough start. by Saskia Ries
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“Wetten, dass…” no more – The End of a German TV Phenomenon

Germany, 25 Mar - 07 Apr 2014

That’s not on! Wetten, dass..? is cancelled ++ Crimea = Sudetenland? Historical comparison by Minister Wolfgang Schäuble irritates Germany and Russia ++ No sympathy for striking Lufthansa pilots. by Sandra Czech
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From Friends to Enemies? Germany's new Russia Policy

Germany, 11 Mar - 24 Mar 2014

The Crimean conflict and Germany's new position on Russia ++ From hero to zero – The sensational fall of Uli Hoeness ++ What happened to Flight MH370? ++ Approval by Federal Constitutional Court: Germany now officially part of ESM. by Eike Hortsch
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The Verdict: Uli Hoeness sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison!

Germany, 25 Feb - 13 Mar 2014

Bayern Munich’s Uli Hoeness convicted for tax fraud ++ European elections countdown: German Constitutional Court overturns 3% threshold ++ Key figure Angela Merkel – Germany’s approach to the Crimean crisis. by Katharina Winter
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Child Porn Allegations against former MP put a strain on Grand Coalition

Germany, 11 Feb - 24 Feb 2014

The ‘Edathy Affair’ – a stress test for the governing parties ++ Winter Olympics end with national disappointment ++ Huge Public attention to Ukraine’s troubles. by Sandra Czech
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Debate on Poverty Migration, Respect for a Coming-Out and Concern about Schumacher

Germany, 17 Dec - 13 Jan 2014

CSU sparks discussion about poverty migration in Germany ++ Germany fears for the life of its racing idol Michael Schumacher ++ Breaking a taboo: Former football star admits to being homosexual ++ A shady deal? Top-level politician will take over well-paid executive job. by Daniel Rätz
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Brace yourself, Germany – Storm Xaver, Grand Coalition and Olympic Discussions

Germany, 28 Nov - 16 Dec 2013

It’s a ‘Yes'! End of waiting for the new government ++ ‘Xaver’ all over Germany – but rather mild ++ President Gauck and the Russian Winter Olympics. by Sandra Czech
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A new Government is at the ready – SPD Party Base has to decide

Germany, 14 Nov - 27 Nov 2013

Conservatives and Social Democrats sign coalition treaty ++ Munich art treasure – legal questions largely unresolved ++ Comedian Dieter Hildebrandt is dead ++ The chocolate dispute. by Saskia Ries
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I’ve been watching you, Angela: Indignation over NSA Surveillance

Germany, 17 Oct - 30 Oct 2013

Eavesdropping on Merkel: bad times for German-US relations ++ (Grand) coalition talks continue with major issues unresolved ++ Tiny opposition? New parliament has been constituted ++ Pope puts unpopular ”Bishop of Bling” on the bench. by Team Germany
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A luxurious Bishop, a wealthy Family and a Grand Coalition in Focus

Germany, 03 Oct - 16 Oct 2013

Bishop under Pressure: prosecution pleads for penalty order, public calls for resignation ++ Grand coalition on its way? New government within sight ++ Big party donation by BMW mayor shareholders gets CDU in trouble ++ National football team qualified for World Cup 2014. by Daniel Rätz
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Who wants to govern? Germany after the Election

Germany, 23 Sep - 02 Oct 2013

Germany is speculating coalitions, 7 million voters not represented ++ The Greens – a new Leadership and identity? ++ The right-wing terrorist trial, or: who has seen Beate Zschäpe? ++ Three workers killed in mining accident in Thuringia. by Sandra Czech
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German Election Special

Germany, 18 Sep - 18 Sep 2013

Great victory for Merkel’s Party – but she needs a new government partner ++ Left wing Die Linke comes in third place, AfD steals votes from across the party spectrum ++ The liberal disaster ++ Red and Green disappoint ++ A Game of Seats: What the results mean for a future government. by Benno Gross, Christian Grünewald
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"Flying Fyra" – New Jet Fighter Project puts Government under Pressure

Netherlands, 10 Sep - 23 Sep 2013

Dutch angered about "Flying Fyra" ++ Everybody is pleased with King's first state-of-nation speech ++ The 'Eastern neighbours' elect a new parliament. by Frederic van Zinnicq Bergmann
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The Bavarian Landtag election – an omen for the election of the Bundestag?

Germany, 06 Sep - 19 Sep 2013

Final days of general election campaign: Conservatives retake Bavaria – Liberals, SPD and Greens go through tough times ++ Swimming courses in “Burkini”: Muslim girls must attend sports classes ++ Germany bemoans deaths of literature critic and popular actor. by Katharina Winter
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Duel or Duet? Bundestag Campaign off to a Slow Start

Germany, 24 Aug - 05 Sep 2013

The race for the German Chancellery has begun! Somewhat ++ Campaign part II: No clear positions on the Syrian conflict ++ President Joachim Gauck in France: An act of reconciliation between France and Germany. by Benno Gross
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Lame Railway Station, Lame Election Campaign

Germany, 10 Aug - 23 Aug 2013

Nowhere to go from Mainz Station – Embarrassment for Deutsche Bahn ++ Less than a month to the general election – when does the campaign take off? ++ Bundesliga starts again: Goals, Penalties and Red Cards all over. by Christian Grünewald
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Football Ladies sucessful, Defence Minister and Rap Star in Trouble

Germany, 13 Jul - 26 Jul 2013

Next one, please! Germany beats Sweden and makes it to final ++ The air is getting thinner for Defence Minister ++ Mayor of Berlin has filed charge against famous Rapper ++ It’s a boy! Birth of Prince William’s and Kate’s “Royal Baby“ receives broad attention. by Daniel Rätz
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Obama's 25-hour-visit to Berlin: #Neuland, Nukes & NSA

Germany, 14 Jun - 28 Jun 2013

Obama in Berlin: @Merkel believes internet to be #Neuland (uncharted territory) ++ Literature Nobel-Prize winner attacks Angela Merkel ++ Bayern Munich. by Benno Gross
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Worst Flood Catastrophe in Decades Hits Germany

Germany, 31 May - 13 Jun 2013

Devastating flood catastrophe in eastern Germany and Bavaria ++ Political up-risings in Istanbul move Turks in Germany ++ Bayern, Bayern, Bayern – FCB crowns outstanding season with historic triple triumph. by Daniel Rätz
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All Eyes on Munich, Bavaria: Football, Taxes, Courts & Politics

Germany, 19 Apr - 17 May 2013

Case of Bayern president Hoeness heats up tax fraud debate ++ Highly anticipated NSU terrorism trial starts with flood of petitions ++ Disbelief about Bavarian nepotism scandal. by Christian Grünewald
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L’Amour Toujours? Gay’s Joy & German Resentments

France, 15 Apr - 28 Apr 2013

Homosexual marriage finally ratified ++ Assets of all ministers revealed ++ Attacks against Merkel: Socialists provoke Franco-German trouble. by Sabrina Hambloch
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Plenty of Work for Euro Supporters and the German Courts

Germany, 04 Apr - 18 Apr 2013

New political party questions Germany's benefit from the Euro ++ Right-wing terrorist trial postponed after trouble with Turkish media ++ Bribery case of former President Wulff now goes to court ++ Two German football clubs in the semifinals: Impressive Champions League season by Bayern and Dortmund. by Christian Grünewald
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Chancellor Candidate "Clowns" about Italian Election

Germany, 19 Feb - 04 Mar 2013

New trouble for Steinbrück: SPD frontrunner speaks disparagingly about Berlusconi and Grillo ++ Government parties determine their first programmatics for the Bundestag elections ++ Protests for preservation of what is left of the Berlin Wall. by Benno Gross
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Surprise and Respect about Resignation of German Pope

Germany, 06 Feb - 19 Feb 2013

Benedict XVI stuns the Catholic world by announcing retirement ++ Horsemeat scandal reaches Germany ++ Education Minister finally resigns after losing PhD. by Christian Grünewald
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“Dirndl-Gate”: Harmless Men's Humour or Daily Sexism?

Germany, 17 Jan - 05 Feb 2013

Dirndl-affair causes debate on casual sexism ++ Despite losing the doctorate: Education Minister (CDU) initially remai­ns in office ++ Match-fixing also in German football? by Benno Gross
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New International Airport of Berlin Causes Trouble

Germany, 02 Jan - 16 Jan 2013

Endless trouble over new airport in Berlin (BER)++ France sends troops to Mali, Germany declares support ++ All parties are preparing for the state elections of Lower Saxony ++ Christian and Bettina Wulff’s broken love. by Eik-Sören Scholz
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Strengthened Merkel Facing Trouble with Tank Sales

Germany, 21 Nov - 05 Dec 2012

Angela Merkel confirmed as party leader ++ Possible sale of tanks to Saudi Arabia met with criticism ++ Fire disaster in sheltered workshop ++ New concept for better security in football stadiums – FC Bayern autumn champion. by Daniel Rätz
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Germany’s Favourite Obama Wins Second Term

Germany, 24 Oct - 06 Nov 2012

US election outcome closely watched – and highly appreciated ++ Government parties struggle for controversial bills ++ Broadcaster reveals attempted manipulation by Bavarian conservatives. by Christian Grünewald
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One Chancellor in Greece, One Honored, One Wannabe

Germany, 26 Sep - 09 Oct 2012

SPD nominates Steinbrück as chancellor candidate ++ Angela Merkel visits Greece ++ Honoration for Helmut Kohl ++ Schumacher and Ballack: German sport legends retire. by Eik-Sören Scholz
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Pension Debate and the Former First Lady Inflame Passions

Germany, 29 Aug - 11 Sep 2012

In search of measures against old-age poverty ++ Former first lady sues TV-show host and Google ++ German forces “under attack”. by Benno Gross
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New Energy after Summer Break – But at what Price?

Germany, 15 Aug - 28 Aug 2012

Rising electricity prices lead to a critical assessment of renewable energy subsidies ++ Continuing dispute over the future of Greece ++ Circumcision – German Ethics Council comes to a conclusion ++ Gamescom attracts more than a quarter of a million visitors. by Saskia Ries
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Two-way Loss against Italy

Germany, 18 Jun - 03 Jul 2012

Growing discussion about power transfer to Brussels ++ EURO 2012: Disappointment after lost semi-final against Italy ++ New malfunctions concerning the NSU investigation revealed – protection chief steps back. by Saskia Ries
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“Greece vs. Germany” - All Over the Place?

Germany, 04 Jun - 19 Jun 2012

Short Relief after Election in Greece, but Nothing All-clear in the Debt crisis ++ German Group Winners Face Highly Motivated Greeks at the EURO 2012 ++ Embarrassment for Government through Failed Child Care Bill ++ Massive Crackdown on Biker Gangs. by Christian Grünewald
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Government and Left Party Close Their Arguments – For Now

Germany, 21 May - 03 Jun 2012

Government Determines Dispute over Child Care Subsidy ++ Left Party Has a New Leadership ++ Syrian Ambassador Expelled ++ National Team Falters – Visit to Auschwitz. by Daniel Rätz
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Various Elections Put the Chancellor Under Pressure

Germany, 07 May - 20 May 2012

Election in North Rhine-Westphalia Strengthens Opposition ++ Merkel's trouble with France and Greece ++ Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin Hit Rock Bottom, Football Violence in Debate by Eik-Sören Scholz
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From Merkozy to Merkollande?

Germany, 23 Apr - 08 May 2012

French Elections Questioning European Debt Policy ++ Debate about a Political Boycott of Football Championship in Ukraine ++ Pirate Party Holds Conference and Succeeds in another State Election. by Saskia Ries
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Regional elections shaping future political landscape

Germany, 12 Mar - 25 Mar 2012

Early elections after failure of largest federal state’s government ++ CDU wins Saarland, pirates are continuing success ++ Horror of serial killings in Toulouse, France. by Christian Grünewald
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Germany gets new President

Germany, 13 Feb - 26 Feb 2012

Wulff finally resigns, Gauck designated as successor ++ Moving memorial service for victims of right-wing terror ++ Second Greek bailout package passes parliament by Saskia Ries
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Greece and Wulff still in the spotlight

Germany, 30 Jan - 12 Feb 2012

Indignation over Russian and Chinese veto ++ No end of the Greek tragedy ++ Case Wulff still with no end ++ Citizens of Duisburg vote mayor out of office. by Daniel Rätz
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Scandal involving President Wulff is expanding

Germany, 02 Jan - 15 Jan 2012

New allegations against Wulff - President still under pressure ++ End of Jamaica in Saarland ++ Downgrade of Euro countries causes annoyance. by Daniel Rätz
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Poor calculation by Greece, Italy and bankers

Germany, 24 Oct - 06 Nov 2011

Papandreou causes irritation – Berlusconi under pressure ++ Erdogan fueled debate on integration ++ Compromise in the coalition, but no agreement on minimum wages ++ Bank miscalculates by 50 billion Euro. by Daniel Rätz
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Controversy about home visit of Pope Benedict XVI

Germany, 12 Sep - 25 Sep 2011

Pope's visit heats up discussion on Catholic Church ++ Is the financial help for Greece going to be Merkel's fateful question? ++ Election day in the state of Berlin - Liberals crash, pirates boarding the Senate. by Christian Grünewald
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In mourning for the great humorist Loriot

Germany, 15 Aug - 28 Aug 2011

Saying farewell to Loriot ++ Success of Gaddafi opponents increases pressure on Foreign Minister Westerwelle ++ President and former chancellors attack Merkel's government policy ++ Book release of captain Lahm rocks the boat. by Christian Grünewald
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Consternation over carnage in Norway

Germany, 11 Jul - 24 Jul 2011

Dismay at tragedy in Norway ++ Commemorating victims of Love Parade-Catastrophe - Question of guilt remains residual ++ Breakthrough in the euro crisis? ++ Women's World Cup in Germany is over. by Daniel Rätz
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German economic growth continues

Germany, 13 Jun - 26 Jun 2011

Government plans new tax cuts + + New auxiliary program for Greece ++ Dirk Nowitzki celebrated. by Andreas Fleig
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