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German Crisis Averted? SPD Ready To Negotiate With Merkel To End Political Deadlock

The Euro has jumped to a six week high following the latest record high print in the German IFO Business Climate index, which rose from 116.7 to 117.5 (exp. 116.6), but mostly as a result of what appears to be a breakthrough in the German political deadlock that some likened to “Merkel’s Brexit moment“, after […]

“Merkel Will Have To Go”: Bill Blain On What’s Next For The Germans

“When you turn an election into a three-ring circus, there is the possibility the dancing bear will win..” After Sunday night’s shocking failure by Merkel to from a government (triggered by the Free Democrats walking out due to irreconcilable differences on refugee policy, energy policy and tax policy) the FT was quick to conclude that […]

“Worst Case Scenario” Looms As Merkel’s “Jamaica Coalition” Collapses; EUR Sinks

We warned on Friday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced a 'night of the long knives' in her efforts to bring together the co-called 'Jamaica' coalition of four parties and after a desperate weekend of talks, Bloomberg reports Merkel's efforts at forming a coalition have failed meaning a second election looms and sending the euro […]

Why Germans Voted For The Far-Right ‘AfD’

The main headline from the German election yesterday is not Angela Merkel getting a fourth term in charge, but rather her party's weakened position – caused chiefly by a surge in support for the right wing nationalist party 'Alternative für Deutschland' (AfD). The AfD is a controversial party – one which not only ran on a program […]

Germany Warns Its Citizens: They Risk Arrest If Traveling To Turkey

Escalation of the diplomatic row between Berlin and Ankara ended in a clear message. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned German citizens that they risk arrest if they travel to Turkey. As KeepTalkingGreece.com reports, the German government on Friday warned citizens travelling to Turkey that they are at risk of arrest. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said […]

“We’ve Suffered A Crushing Defeat” Says Martin Schulz After Historic Merkel Victory In Today’s NRW Election

At the start of February, a shocking poll revealed that Germany’s Social Democrat, or SPD, party – under the new leadership of former Europarliament head Martin Schulz – had managed to overtake Angela Merkel’s dominant CDU ahead of Germany’s federal elections in the fall of 2017.  However, just three months later, “Schulz’ fairytale turned into […]

Germany Slams Trump’s Claim That It Owes “Vast Sums” To NATO And The U.S.

The pleasantries, lack of handshake between Trump and Merkel notwithstanding, are officially over. One day after Trump returned to his favorite medium to slam Germany for abusing NATO’s funding scheme, and US defense spending generosity, accusing Germany of owing “vast sums” of money to both NATO and the US, Germany has struck back. As a […]

Merkel Forced To Deny Plans For European Nuclear Superpower

In the wake of President Trump's comments that NATO is "obsolete", and European 'leaders' renewed calls for a European army, Angela Merkel has been forced to deny Germany is interested in acquiring nuclear weapons amid calls for it to lead a European "nuclear superpower." As we noted previously, calls for an EU Army pre-exist current trends among Europeans […]

German Default Risk Spikes To Highest Since Brexit As Merkel Lead Plunges To Multi-Year Low

Germany’s Social Democrats narrowed the gap with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bloc to the closest in more than four years, reinforcing a poll bounce after they chose outsider Martin Schulz to challenge Europe’s longest-serving leader. As Bild reports, the 6-point surge in opposition support was the biggest ever recorded for the party… and may explain why […]

Merkel’s Human Rights Speaker Resigns Over Refugee Policy

Submitted by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com, Merkel’s human rights speaker, Erika Steinbach, resigned over the chancellor’s immigration policy. She also left the CDU party. Erika Steinbach, who’s been with Chancellor Merkel’s CDU for 43 years, has strongly criticized the leader’s handling of the migrant crisis. She claims conservatives have been sidelined in Germany’s main ruling […]