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How Britain Lost Its Cool

Posted by hkarner - 6. Oktober 2017

Mark Leonard is Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

In the past 20 years, the UK and Germany have switched positions, with the latter now representing openness while the former has come to embody backward-looking nationalism. But there is no reason to believe that the two countries won’t swap places again.

BERLIN – The recent meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May in the Estonian capital of Tallinn was a portrait in contrasts. Merkel has pursued openness and internationalism, and leads a country with a world-beating industrial base and strong trade ties. May talks more about the past than the future, and has disparaged “citizens of the world” while claiming to defend her country’s confused national identity.  Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »


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Never Fear!: Merkel Should Follow Macron’s Lead on Europe

Posted by hkarner - 4. Oktober 2017

Date: 03-10-2017

French President Emmanuel Macron is challenging the populists with a bold vision for the future of Europe. Germany should follow his example.

French President Macron and German Chancellor Merkel

After the election victory, it didn’t take long for the congratulations to come in. Just one day afterwards, the most powerful man in the world, Donald Trump, called German Chancellor Angela Merkel with his best wishes for her party’s success.

That was in March, after the Christian Democrats had just won an election in the tiny state of Saarland. A half year later, though, the U.S. president was conspicuously reticent with his compliments, waiting several days after last Sunday’s general election in Germany before finally calling on Thursday. One could see it as a form of brutal honesty: Given Merkel’s weak result, there isn’t much to celebrate. But perhaps it was also a preview of the new reality: Merkel’s loss of power.

Since the election, the chancellor is no longer viewed as the uncontested leader of the German government, a woman who almost secured an absolute majority for her conservatives in 2013. Instead, if she manages to assemble a coalition with the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens, she’ll be heading up a government experiment born of necessity. And she will be a chancellor whose turn at the top is coming to an end. That will erode Merkel’s authority on the global stage. Leaders like Trump, Putin and Erdogan know only too well when someone in power has passed their zenith. Indeed, that may have been a reason for Merkel’s uncanny imperturbability both on election night and since. Anything to avoid showing signs of weakness. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The spotlight shifts from Germany to France

Posted by hkarner - 29. September 2017

Date: 28-09-2017
Source: The Economist

A dynamic Emmanuel Macron and a diminished Angela Merkel point to a new order in Europe

WHO leads Europe? At the start of this year, the answer was obvious. Angela Merkel was trundling unstoppably towards a fourth election win, while Britain was out, Italy down and stagnating France gripped by the fear that Marine Le Pen might become the Gallic Donald Trump.

This week, it all looks very different. Mrs Merkel won her election on September 24th, but with such a reduced tally of votes and seats that she is a diminished figure. Germany faces months of tricky three-way coalition talks. Some 6m voters backed a xenophobic right-wing party, many of them in protest at Mrs Merkel’s refugee policies. Having had no seats, Alternative for Germany, a disruptive and polarising force, is now the Bundestag’s third largest party. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Posted by hkarner - 28. September 2017

Date: 27-09-2017
Source: Foreign Policy ARGUMENT
Subject: This Was the Worst Possible German Election for Europe

Angela Merkel’s final term was supposed to revive the EU. Now it might condemn the continent to permanent crisis.


Angela Merkel will have a fourth term in office, but not the way she wanted. In Sunday’s election, her Christian Democratic alliance polled at historic lows, and she will have to rely on an untested and difficult coalition or govern with an unprecedented minority government. Merkel will also face a much more fractious and angry opposition featuring the right-wing extremist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), or Alternative for Germany, which made its parliamentary debut as the country’s third-largest party. By contrast, Merkel’s most likely coalition partners, now that the center-left Social Democrats have categorically ruled out participation in yet another grand coalition, placed fourth (the pro-business liberal FDP) and sixth (the Greens).

The result stands in stark contrast to recent elections in France, where Emmanuel Macron received almost two-thirds of the votes in the second round of the presidential contest held last May, and his new centrist party, together with its allies, got just over 60 percent of the seats in the National Assembly. Commentators and policy wonks were quick to point to Macron’s victory as evidence that the populist threat to European democracy had been vanquished. Many even claimed, after the French election, that Paris and Berlin would quickly revive the European Union’s traditional Franco-German engine and initiate overdue reforms to put the continent on a firmer economic and political foundation. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Macron Pushes a More Integrated Europe, With Eye on Germany

Posted by hkarner - 27. September 2017

Date: 26-09-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

French leader wants to influence Chancellor Angela Merkel’s talks with potential coalition partners, officials say

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a ceremony

French President Emmanuel Macron set out his vision of a more united Europe in a speech aimed at persuading Germany, where Sunday’s election results could reinforce doubts about deeper integration in the eurozone.

Mr. Macron repeated his call for a common budget for euro members, an idea with little appeal for most of Germany’s political class, but sweetened it with offers of cooperation in areas that could appeal more to Berlin, including migration, security and the environment.

The French leader timed his speech at the Sorbonne university in Paris to influence the postelection debate in Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel faces tricky talks to form a new governing coalition after a result that strengthened populist and EU-skeptic forces. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Die Zeit nach Angela Merkel hat begonnen

Posted by hkarner - 26. September 2017

Joschka Fischer was German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor from 1998-2005, a term marked by Germany’s strong support for NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999, followed by its opposition to the war in Iraq. Fischer entered electoral politics after participating in the anti-establishment protests of the 1960s and 1970s, and played a key role in founding Germany’s Green Party, which he led for almost two decades.

BERLIN – Deutschland hat gewählt und es kam, anders als erwartet, für deutsche Verhältnisse ein ziemlich chaotisches Ergebnis heraus. Die beiden großen Parteien von CDU/CSU und Sozialdemokraten, in den letzten vier Jahren in einer Großen Koalition unter Kanzlerin Angela Merkel verbunden, wurden mit dramatischen Verlusten abgestraft.

CDU/CSU, die beiden Parteien der Kanzlerin, fuhren das zweitschlechteste Ergebnis ihrer Geschichte ein (nur 1949, bei der ersten Bundestagswahl, war  es noch schlechter. Die CSU, die bayrische Schwester der CDU, erhielt das schlechteste Bundestagswahlergebnis ihrer Geschichte, und deren Ergebnis ist angesichts des cholerischen Charakters der Bayern im Binnengefüge der Unionsparteien besonders wichtig, zumal im nächsten Jahr in Bayern Landtagswahlen sind). Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Why Angela Merkel deserves to win Germany’s election

Posted by hkarner - 10. September 2017

Date: 07-09-2017
Source: The Economist
Subject: Unfinished business in Berlin

And why she must become bolder in her (almost inevitable) fourth term

TO HER many fans, Angela Merkel is the hero who stands up to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, and who generously opened her country to refugees. To others, she is the villain whose ill-thought-out gamble on immigration is “ruining Germany”, as Mr Trump once put it, and whose austerity policies laid waste to southern Europe.

The fans are closer to the truth. Her country has indeed done well under her leadership and the world been better for her steady hand. But during three terms in office, Mrs Merkel has not done enough to prepare Germany for the future. If her many years at the top are to be viewed as more than merely sufficient, she must use her fourth term to bring about change.

A steady hand in a turbulent world
There is little doubt that Mrs Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union are coasting towards victory when Germany votes on September 24th. That is partly owing to the lacklustre Martin Schulz, her Social Democratic Party (SPD) rival. His party’s domestic policy is undistinctive and his foreign policy barely credible. He has also failed to put the chancellor on the spot. Their debate on September 3rd was more like the negotiation of a new “grand coalition” than a clash of ideas. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Merkel will europäischen Währungsfonds

Posted by hkarner - 29. August 2017

29. August 2017, 12:33 derstandard.at

Der Eurorettungsfonds soll weiterentwickelt werden. Auch ein gemeinsamer Finanzminister ist für die deutsche Kanzlerin vorstellbar

Berlin – Deutschlands Kanzlerin Angela Merkel unterstützt den Vorstoß von Finanzminister Wolfgang Schäuble, den Eurorettungsfonds ESM zu einem umfassenderen europäischen Währungsfonds auszubauen. Sie finde den Vorschlag, den ESM weiterzuentwickeln, sehr gut, sagte sie am Dienstag bei ihrer Sommerpressekonferenz. Damit könne Europa zeigen, dass es alle Mechanismen im Portfolio habe, um auf alle Situationen reagieren zu können, so Merkel. Vor allem brauche es aber mehr wirtschaftliche Kohärenz der Euroländer.

Eurofinanzminister nicht ausgeschlossen

Merkel schloss nicht aus, sich der französischen Idee eines gemeinsamen Eurofinanzministers anzuschließen. Darüber müsse aber noch gesprochen werden. „Ich könnte mir auch einen Wirtschafts- und Finanzminister vorstellen“, sagte sie mit Blick auf eine besser abgestimmte Budget- und Wirtschaftspolitik. Sie habe sich außerdem schon sehr früh für ein Eurozonenbudget eingesetzt. Der ESM könne dafür ein Ansatz sein. (APA, Reuters, 29.8.2017) – derstandard.at/2000063297679/Merkel-will-Europaeischen-Waehrungsfonds

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Germany fears Donald Trump will divide Europe

Posted by hkarner - 15. Juli 2017

Date: 13-07-2017
Source: The Economist
Angela Merkel is troubled by the president’s chumminess with Putin and Poland

IN THE aftermath of the G20 summit on July 7th and 8th, German politicians traded blows over who was at fault for riots by anti-globalisation activists that smashed up parts of central Hamburg. But a big global event in the heart of a city with a strong anarchist tradition was always bound to prompt protests. Officials’ deeper reasons for anxiety were different: Donald Trump and his attitudes towards Russia and Poland.

To some in Berlin, the president’s meeting with Vladimir Putin was a “Yalta 2.0”, a 21st-century equivalent of the summit in 1945 at which Americans and Russians divided Europe. Angela Merkel saw Mr Trump’s “back-slapping and face-pulling” display before the Russian president (as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a daily, put it) as undermining her efforts to confront Russia over Ukraine. An internal memo by the German foreign ministry summarising the G20 noted: “The summit went very well for Russia…As long as the US breaks rank, Russia can swim in the mainstream.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The G20’s Harmony Without Trump

Posted by hkarner - 12. Juli 2017

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