Category: Germany

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GERMANY: Budget 2021 – A glimpse at the fault lines of post-Merkel politics

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has signed off on the draft budget for 2021 as well as the medium-term fiscal plan until 2024. As national debt is expected to re-increase to around 80% of GDP, and the constitutional “debt brake” will be paused for another year, the fiscal debate is likely to feature prominently in next year’s Bundestag campaign.… Read the rest

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GERMANY/RUSSIA: Merkel’s statement triggers Nord Stream debate

Chancellor Angela Merkel has reacted with – by her standards – an outspoken statement to the latest news in the case of Alexei Navalny. Yesterday, medical specialists had concluded that the Russian opposition politician currently under treatment in Berlin’s Charité hospital, had been poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.… Read the rest

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GERMANY: Economic measures to be extended

Amid rising infection numbers, federal and regional governments are again stepping up their efforts. But as regional states keep insisting on their own powers over restrictive measures, regulations will continue to differ across the 16 states.… Read the rest

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GERMANY: Scholz faces difficult balancing acts

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), have nominated Finance Minister Olaf Scholz as their chancellor candidate for the next Bundestag elections. The early decision – more than one year ahead of the September 2021 polls – reflects how limited the party’s personnel options were, making Scholz the only reasonable choice.… Read the rest

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GERMANY: Watch Westphalia to gauge the second wave

The regional state government of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has put the local district of Guetersloh back on full lockdown today. Schools had already closed again, and as of today, nurseries, cinemas, bars and restaurants, swimming pools and gyms will follow.… Read the rest