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Ursula von der Leyen: Merkel loyalist, favoured by Macron

Brussels, Belgium | AFP |  Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, who takes the reins of the European Commission on Sunday, is a loyal confidante of Chancellor Angela Merkel whom she served as defence minister for six difficult years. The political blue-blood, medical doctor and mother-of-seven was long considered a likely successor …

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Merkel’s conservatives brace for stormy party congress

Berlin, Germany | AFP | German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU braces for a tumultuous two-day party congress in Leipzig from Friday, with members smarting from recent local election drubbings and bickering over her successor. Here’s a look at what’s ailing the Christian Democratic Union in the twilight of Merkel’s reign. …

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Divisions rife as Germany marks 30 years since Berlin Wall fall

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Germany on Saturday marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall that ushered in the end of communism and national reunification, as the Western alliance that helped secure those achievements is riddled with divisions. Two days before the date that brought epochal change, France’s …

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Macron, Merkel meet to harmonise positions before EU summit

Paris, France | AFP |  France’s Emmanuel Macron will hold talks Wednesday with Germany’s Angela Merkel for the second time in a week to chart a united front on issues ranging from Brexit to Syria ahead of this week’s EU summit. Macron goes into the two-day meeting in Brussels starting Thursday …

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EU, UK seen closing in on ‘possible’ Brexit text

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Britain and the EU were seen to be closing in on a detailed draft Brexit deal on Tuesday, although officials voiced scepticism it would be ready in time for a key European summit this week. The pound jumped to its highest level in five months on …

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EU and UK intensify Brexit talks ahead of key summit

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | British and EU negotiators agreed Friday to intensify efforts to find a new Brexit withdrawal agreement, just days before a key European summit. European Union member states will review progress on Monday, following a meeting between influential leaders French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela …

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Under-pressure Merkel govt to unveil climate strategy

Berlin, Germany | AFP |  Feeling the heat from a vocal climate protest movement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government plans Friday to unveil a multi-billion-euro grand plan for tackling global warming. Days before a UN climate summit in New York, Merkel’s team was due to announce details as the top EU …

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Germany’s Merkel to open embattled Frankfurt car show

Frankfurt am Main, Germany | AFP |  German Chancellor Angela Merkel opens the biennial IAA car show in Frankfurt to the public Thursday, addressing an auto industry on the defensive over safety and the environment. Climate protection protesters plan a rally outside the show Saturday, saying the sector is failing to …

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